Love Notes

My favorite collection is the stack of love letters from my dad.  I have notes in there from my husband, and my mom, and a few friends . . . but the bulk of my letters are written by my father.  There are letters to my very young self, with stick figures and few words, and to my teenage self, full of conflict and apologies and forgiveness.  Letters to my young adult self are mostly encouragement and memories from his own early married and early parenting years.  They are all so full of love.

Words are my love language and I enjoy leaving notes to my own children now too.  Both girls love finding them tucked in with stuffed animals and inside dress up purses, but when my oldest finds them . . . she glows.  Her reaction mirrors the way I feel when someone (especially my dad) take the time write out the words:  you are loved.

No surprise that she also loves the writing of love letters.  There are sweet little scraps of confetti containing hearts and letters and family portraits all over the house, so yesterday I sewed these felt envelopes to celebrate and contain them.  So far, they’re a hit with both my girlies.  Anything that can be sewn in a nap time and played with nonstop until dinner is a hit with me.

Supplies:

*Felt (I just had some 8.5×11 size sheets on hand, but any size you like)

*Velcro

*Needle and thread or sewing machine.

 

*Any size envelope will work, but I thought it would be nice to get two envelopes per sheet, and cut my felt piece in half.

*Fold the felt piece up about a third of the way, and stitch up the sides. I went around the envelope with pinking shears, just for the look of it.  I also tried several different shapes for the envelope tops, and just cut them freehand.  You could draw yourself a template for the tops if you wanted them to be a little more consistent and perfect.  Next, I stitched in small squares of velcro as closures and sewed up little “stamps.”  The stamps are the only thing I hand stitched here, but the whole envelope could easily be made by hand if you don’t have easy access to a sewing machine.

 

*Write a love note.  xoxo

 

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Wendy Ayer - September 22, 2011 - 1:41 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lily - September 28, 2011 - 8:22 pm

love love love this. it made me teary. love notes from your dad just sounds like the sweetest thing in the world. I love that you are carrying on this wonderful-sweet-cozy tradition.

Angela - October 11, 2011 - 10:00 am

SUCH a cute idea! Love them!!

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