You've Got Mail

I've had this idea running around in my head for a few years now and I'm just getting around to making a Valentine Sweetheart Mailbox for the back of my chairs. I thought it would be a great place to hold all of the Valentine Cards and Love Notes that we like to give each other. I definitely plan on making one for every chair in my kitchen.

If you've been following me on my blog, you're probably thinking that this looks familiar. We'll you're right. I've actually made a smaller stuffed version to hang on a doorknob or peg. You can have a look at it HERE.

  • 5 Fat Quarters from the "Sent With Love" Collection by Deb Strain
  • Freezer Paper (for making patterns)
  • 20 inches of Peltex Stabilizer by Pellon (for making Sweetheart Mailbox)
  • 1/2 yard Fuse-A-Shade (for making Love Letter Envelopes)

Sent with Love Collection
by Deb Strain

  • 1/2 yard of Red Ric Rac
  • Kanzashi Flower (Find the Tutorial HERE) My squares are cut @ 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"
  • Covered Button (I used one 5/8" covered button)

Making the Sweetheart Mailbox:

1. Print the paper patterns. It's a larger pattern and is printed in sections. The pattern will print on 3 pages of 8 1/2" x 11" paper. Two pages for the heart and one page for the envelope.

Click here to print patterns.

2. Cut out the paper patterns and tape or glue the pieces together.

3. Tear a few pieces of Freezer Paper to make the patterns.

4. Transfer and trace both halves of the heart pattern, pocket pattern, and scallop pattern onto the freezer paper, as seen in the picture below.

5. Fold one side of your pink polka dot FQ with right sides together (18" side). Place the top straight edge along the top edge of the fabric. Trace the scallop edge and sides. Trim off the excess fabric above the pattern, as seen in the picture.

6. This is a VERY important step. Make sure to SEW along the pencil line that you just traced in the previous step. When you are done you will trim a 1/4" beyond the sewn line, as seen in the picture.

7. Clip the curves and valleys, as seen in the picture.

8. Next you will sew the scallop into the top edge of the pocket. To do this, you will center the scallop on one side of the fabric pocket along the top edge. Then place the back fabric pocket piece on top making sure that the right sides of the fabric are together with the scallop sandwiched in between.

Here's the order you will stack the pieces for the pocket.
  • Peltex (for stability)
  • Back pocket piece with right side facing up
  • Scallop
  • Front pocket piece with right side facing down

9. Then sew a 1/4" seam. Open the pocket pieces to expose the scallop edge. Press.

10. Baste the pocket to one of the fabric hearts using a 1/4" seam.

11. Next make the Ties by cutting four pieces of fabric that measure 3 1/2" x 22" in length.

12. Fold the ties in half, lengthwise with right sides together. Sew a 1/4" seam along the long edge and one short end. Clip corners.

13. Turn the ties right side out and press.

14. You now have the pieces you'll need to assemble the Sweetheart Mailbox.

15. Make sure you have the following pieces:
  • One peltex heart shape piece for the inside
  • Front and back fabric pieces
  • Front pocket with scallop already sewn in
  • Four fabric ties (make sure they are secured in the right place)
16. Here's the order you will stack the pieces.
  • Peltex Heart
  • Front of Heart with the right side facing up. Make sure to pin down center scallop so it doesn't get sewn in to the seam of heart. Secure and pin ties.
  • Back of Heart with the right side facing down. Secure with pins.

17. Now sew a 3/8" seam making sure not to catch the outside edges of the scallop. Leave at least a 5 inch opening along one of the straight edges of the heart.

18. Clip the curves.

19. Turn the heart right side out and press the seams.

20. Sew on the red ric rac just below the top edge of pocket, as seen in the picture.

21. Yippee! You've finished making your Sweetheart Mailbox. Tie it to your chair and you're ready to recieve some Valentine Mail!

Finished Size: 14" x 14"

Making the Love Letter Envelopes:

I thought it would be fun to make a fabric envelope to go with the Sweetheart Mailbox. I wanted a traditional looking envelope so this is what I came up with. Hope you like it.

1. Start off by taking an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of cardstock and popping it in your printer before copying the envelope pattern.

2. Cut two fabric pieces that measure 6" x 12" and one piece of fuse-a-shade that measures 6" x 12" then press the fuse-a-shade to the wrong side of one of the fabric pieces following the directions on the printed material that comes with the product.

3. Trace the envelope on the wrong side of the other piece of fabric that measures 6" x 12" as seen in the picture below.

4. This is a VERY important step. Make sure to SEW on the pencil line that you just traced. Remember to leave at least a 3-4 inch opening to turn the envelope.

5. Then cut a 1/4" outside of the pencil line making sure to clip the corners.

6. Turn and Press the seams.

7. You can make a heart sticker to seal your envelope by cutting out two fabric hearts and one heart out of batting. With right sides together and the batting on the outside. Sew on the pencil line and then cut out a 1/4" beyond the line. Clip curves. Turn and press.

8. Fold the bottom part of the envelope and sew the side seams. Make sure the flap opens.

9. Place the heart on the flap of the envelope and sew around the edge of the heart to secure it.

Finished Size of Envelope: 4" x 6 1/2"

10. You are now done making your envelope and you can pick other fabrics to make more of them.

11. You can also make homemade Valentine Cards by cutting a piece of cardstock that measures approximately 3" x 6" and decorating it with stamps, stickers and scrapbook paper. Be creative and have some fun with it.

Send me pictures if you make this project
or upload them to Moda Bake Shop's flicker account.

I would LOVE to see pictures of any cards, letters,
and mailboxes that you make!!!

1 Heart Mailbox
1-2 Love Letter Envelopes

Happy Valentine's Day

Hugs & Kisses, Kim


Tina said...

So Cute!

Gigi said...

What a cleaver and cute idea! Thanks so much! I Love it!!

Vickie E said...

so pretty

Vickie E said...

oh and I forgot to say the way you sew your ric rac is a tutorial itself! you really put a lot of work into this. very impressive!

Nedra said...

Wouldn't this be wonderful to use on the back of a chair for our young children at school? Beautifully done.

Jackie said...

So, so cute ! You amaze me, Kim!

Jenny Garland said...

Kim, this is so precious! My girls will love it. Thanks for a great tutorial :)

Scattered Threads said...

This is adorable. Thank you.

V and Co. said...
i love it. SO much.
i want to make those envelopes first though TOOOO cute!!

Jeanne said...

How cute! Great tutorial, Kim. Thanks for sharing.

jules said...
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jaybird said...

adorable! & the envelope is so cute! ... i may make a bunch of those

Juls said...

That is so stinkn' cute! I love the little handstiched details :)

KsFolly said...

This is so adorable! How did you make the fabric flower accent? Did I miss it in the directions?

Kim Walus said...

No you didn't miss the flower because I didn't show or talk about details as they are optional but there is a link to a tutorial on the web that will give you the basics on how to make the flower. I will probably be doing a tutorial really soon on my blog, if you want to keep checking back.


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Rita said...

Could you please tell us how to make the flower on the sweetheart mailbox?
I'm trying to make one but just don't get it. Thank You!

happy zombie said...

Toooo cute, Kim!

shaqdaddy33 said...

very cute

Material Mary said...

You are absolutely amazing and that post is the cutest thing ever.

Colleen said...

Love this project! I am a teacher and I think I will make it for the classroom. One question--what do we do with the fuse-a-shade? I don't see that part in the directions.

Milly said...

I love it its so pretty.

Sherry said...

Very cute!! Thanks for sharing.

Kim Walus said...

In the ingredients it says that the fuse-a-shade is for making the envelopes but, you're right Colleen, I did forget to mention it in the instructions. Thanks for picking up on that.

Cut out one piece of fuse-a-shade with the same pattern as the envelope and iron it to the wrong side of one of the pieces. Continue following the directions.

Hope that helps. Thanks.

Busy Little Quilter said...

This is adorable, as you always do. Your sewing is so perfect.

Julia said...

Oh wow! Can you be my BFF? I want to make 10 of them! One for EACH of my kids! I think it would be so cute for them to wake up with one of them on each chair!! Seriously, how do you think these things up? LOve them so much!!!

Lori Holt said...

Adorable Kim! (as usual) LOL!

e_donaldson said...

This is so cute! I don't know how to sew, but I might make the whole thing out of paper! Thanks so much for the tutorial! You rock :)
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Mattie said...

This is just what I needed. I have a note written in my Brain Dump book that says "make a heart shaped mailbox from fabric for kids for valentine's day" . Now it was in my mind and you took out one of the steps for me making it! Thank you so much!

nadornia said...

Hola: Lindisimo y elegante para obsequiar en el dia de San Valentin aqui en Peru es el 14 de Febrero.
Muchas gracias por su generosidad

Chrisi said...

If you can't find fuse-a-shade locally and don't have time to order it, what else can you use? Is there an equivalent?


greendoodle said...

Thank you for accomplishing my to do list. You are going to make my last minute valentine gifts a million times easier. I've been wanting to make fabric envelopes and valentines for our "writing workshop", but have been too lazy to make it happen. Thanks for the spark ( and doing the hard part).

Beautiful handiwork, excellent idea!

We Six Nasons said...

I didn't discover this until after Valentine's Day. I am going to make this early for next year!

the sleepy time gal said...

love the envelopes!!!!!

April said...

Thanks, Kim! I still totally love this pattern. It is my all-time favorite fabric homemade Valentine. One of the best contributions to Moda Bakeshop, in my opinion, because I've used it so much. We ended up making 28 or 29 of the Valentines last year! :) Thank you for continuing to make this available.