I Love You MiniBook


This weekend I'm bringing you a little valentine book, complete with a how to & downloadable interior pages (includes handwritten "i love you" and lines for journaling). Here's to working ahead a bit rather than scrambling the night before! This is a book focused mainly on words but could be easily adapted to include photos as well. Make one for a spouse, partner, child, parent, friend - anyone you love.

Right now I am really into my sewing machine + I have had this big piece of felt just sitting here waiting to be used for something (purchased it with good intentions for something else over the holiday). I've been inspired by a lot of things Emily Falconbridge has been creating with fabric and stitching and such - she is so great at putting all kinds of different elements together. She, along with Rebecca Sower, continue to teach me that my sewing machine and paper and fabric can be very good friends.

So here's to a creative weekend + making simple handmade things for the people we love most.

Let's start with the end in mind with a look at the completed project:








• 2 pieces of red felt (9.25 x 5 was my end result - I started with a bit bigger pieces and then stitched and trimmed to the final size)
• 5 pieces of cream 8.5x11 cardstock
• chipboard heart accents (K&Company Smitten Chipboard Box Glitter Icons)
• 1 sheet of red patterned paper (Anna Griffin)
• red felt flowers (Making Memories Noteworthy Embellishment Jar)
• adhesive (Therm O Web Super Tape - love this stuff + have been using it a lot lately)
• sewing machine or needle + thread

How To:

This book can be made without felt if you are just not into the whole fabric + paper thing. Simply download the PDF cover and interior pages and adhere them all together (see tips below):

DOWNLOAD COVER | AEvalentines2008_cover


If you want to play around and create the felt cover you will need two pieces of felt. My finished felt size is 9.25 inches x 5 inches. Cut your pieces a bit larger than that to begin with and then trim down after you have stitched (I found that a bit of shifting happened while I was stitching so I was glad to have the excess I could trim off). Using a sewing machine (or by hand) stitch the two pieces of felt together.


Lay a felt flower and a button on the cover (I used Making Memories Noteworthy Embellishment Jar for the felt flowers). Hand stitch button and felt flower (or use adhesive) directly onto/through the felt.  For right now ignore the stitching down the middle.

Next I printed out the interior cover (AEvalentines2008_cover.pdf) and the interior pages (AEvalentines2008.pdf). Each one includes trim marks so you can see where to cut the pages to size (8.5 inches x 4.25 inches before folding). I printed one interior cover and four interior pages (you could definitely do more if you wanted).

Work with the interior cover first. After printing and trimming, fold in half. I used a bone folder to get a nice even fold.


Turn the interior cover over and lay in the middle of the felt cover. Using your sewing machine or hand stitching, sew the interior cover right onto the felt cover.


This is what it should look like when you are done:


Next fold all the interior pages in half with the printed portion on the inside.



You will now be adhering these pages all together back to back to create the inside contents for the book. For my adhesive on this project I used Therm O Web's Super Tape.




This is what you are going for as you are adhering:



After adhering those pages together you will create an initial cover using patterned paper. This part came about because when I went to add the pages into the cover they stuck out due to not coming to a point when they were adhered together (they did not fit into the stitched seam). To get around this I cut two pieces of patterned paper (9 inches x 4.25 inches) and glued them back to back (so that you see pattern on both sides).

Fold the patterned paper in half and adhere the booklet into the patterned paper. I left a bit of room near the fold of the patterned paper. This whole part took a bit of messing around and trimming edges, etc. Just go with it.


This is what it looked like when I was done:


Now you are ready to adhere the booklet into the cover page. Lay the booklet in, match up the seams, and adhere.


There should be a bit of patterned paper sticking out of the edge of the cover page. Add a felt flower inside the cover to hide the stitching from the front.


Add chipboard hearts (or photos or anything you have on hand) and journaling and you are good to go.



I also wanted to let you know that I did set up a Flickr group for sharing photos and creations that come about through these weekend prompts. You can access the weekend creative Flickr group here.

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  1. lori p

    2008-02-01 11:11:43 -0500

    thanks ali!! this is just beautiful!thanks for sharing such a wonderful valentine's gift with us!!

  2. Kim H.

    2008-02-02 18:05:45 -0500

    I'm always inspired by you Ali.
    Thanks for so generously sharing your creativity. I tweaked it a bit and it's up on my blog if you would like to see.

  3. Cel

    2008-02-02 23:42:22 -0500

    this is a really nice idea! i am so gonna make one for my dear boyfriend. i hope i make it by valentines!

  4. Arwen

    2008-02-04 05:29:35 -0500

    I have been trying to figure out what to give my husband for Valentines this year. This will be perfect. I think he will love it.

  5. shaunda

    2008-02-05 05:43:45 -0500

    GREAT blog!!!!

  6. Angela

    2008-02-13 20:57:14 -0500

    Thank you so much for this project idea Ali. I made one for my hubby for Valentines day. He's very pleased with it.

  7. SewDelish

    2008-02-13 22:46:46 -0500

    This is such a lovely and simple idea. Thanks.

  8. Heather V

    2008-02-23 22:09:50 -0500

    It was love at first sight when I saw this little book of yours and I just wanted to share with you that I am finally getting around to making it as a surprise anniversary gift for my hubby! Thanks for the insiration!!

  9. Heather V

    2008-02-24 16:01:45 -0500

    I made this little book tonight and it was such a quick project. I posted pictures on my blog and flickr! Thanks for this! Cant wait to give it to my husband.

  10. CindyLou

    2008-04-21 04:38:27 -0400

    Just found this great project!! Thank you!

  11. Julie

    2009-01-19 09:59:38 -0500

    I ADORE this project so much! Your handwriting is beyond gorgeous.
    Random note: It looks like you forgot to close your parenthesis after "playing chase." But, I could just be seeing it wrong; I'm crazy like that.
    Thanks for sharing such an awesome project!

  12. Karen Loper

    2009-01-20 05:48:34 -0500

    very very sweet book and love the other projects too...Thanks so much.....Karen

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    2009-02-04 00:33:22 -0500

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    2009-02-10 04:35:14 -0500

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  22. Jenn

    2010-01-19 21:52:29 -0500

    Hi. I just wanted to say that I absolutely love your blog and that I mentioned this entry in my recent blog post.Thanks so much for your great ideas and free printables. I hope you will take a look at my blog when you get a chance: http://delicious-ambiguity-nennyk.blogspot.com/

  23. Rebekah

    2010-01-26 15:52:51 -0500

    Great tutorial! I posted a link on my blog:

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    2010-03-15 14:16:43 -0400

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  25. Sue

    2012-02-07 12:58:36 -0500

    For readers who aren't quite as crafty you can do what I did. Buy a small blank notepad, turn it sideways and decorate the cover. Write on as many pages as you want and remove the rest. Instant book! I put one Reason I Love You on each page and drew a stick figure illustration to go with it.

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