Good morning! Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and I am excited to share with you this felt mailbox tutorial! As a kid, I loved Valentine’s Day – we got to make adorable Valentines for all of our friends and eat pink cupcakes – what’s not to love!? I decided it would be really cute to make Bugaboo a little mailbox to collect his Valentines in. Of course he is not old enough to be getting Valentines from school friends or making his own, but my family loves to send cards in the mail. Honestly, he has just been having a blast carrying it around and putting his toys in it! Whatever keeps him occupied during these cold months is a win for me!
The mailbox is made from felt which is fun and easy to work with since you don’t have to worry about raw edges. The tutorial is below so you can make your own! It is meant to hang on a doorknob but would also make an adorable Valentine’s Day purse!
- Red and grey felt – 4 sheets each plus scraps for decorations
- White and pink felt – scraps for decoration
- Felt alphabet stickers (found in the felt section at Joann Fabrics)
- Wonder Under
- Red Ribbon for handle
- Red thread
- Red, pink, or white embroidery threads for decoration
- Pinking shears
- Ruler and scissors
STEP 1: Cut out the pattern from the red felt. The dimensions for the 6 pieces are listed below. You can create paper patterns to use from the dimensions or go ahead and just cut them out of the red felt.
- 1 Back Piece: 8″ x 10.5″
- 1 Front Piece: 8″ x 10″
- 1 Flap Piece: 7″ x 8″
- 1 Bottom Piece: 3.5″ x 8″
- 2 Side Pieces: 3.5″ x 10″
STEP 2: Iron the red felt pieces to the Wonder Under. I decided to make my felt pieces thicker by adhering them to another layer of felt; in this case the grey felt. To keep the two layers together I used Wonder Under, which also helps to stiffen the pieces.
STEP 3: Iron the red felt pieces to the grey felt. I happened to have a large piece of grey yardage left over from another project, but if I didn’t, I would use four grey pieces of felt. First, iron the pieces together and then cut out the grey felt. You will now have 6 pieces that are all two layers, red and grey.
STEP 5: Finish off the tops of the side pieces and front piece by top stitching two rows close to the top. The felt does not need to be turned under like you would fabric, but you will want this stitching to keep the layers together and it helps keep the pieces from stretching out.
STEP 6: Sew the sides and bottom piece to the front piece. Again, keep right sides (red sides) together and stitch with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Start with one of the side seams and stitch with the side piece on top of the front piece. Keeping the side piece on top will let you see when to stop stitching. Stop stitching when you hit the seam of the side and bottom piece connecting. Stop and back stitch.
Begin sewing at your seam line. Again, sew until you hit the next seam between the bottom and side piece. Again, clip your seam and rotate the fabric so you can sew your last seam, the side piece to the front piece.
Take a look at the grey side. You will be able to double check that all of your seams match up. If you notice your seams don’t quite connect like one of mine did here, simply go back to the seam that falls short and finish it.
STEP 7: Prep your back piece by attaching the flap. With right sides (red sides) together, sew the flap to the top of your back piece. Press the seam allowance towards the back piece and top stitch it down. This just makes the inside of your mailbox neater.
STEP 8: Sew the back piece on. Use the exact same method as you did for sewing the front piece on. Keep the side/bottom pieces on top and do one seam at a time, stopping to clip so you can rotate the pieces.
STEP 9: Finish the flap. You will need to resolve the flap – if you lay your bag with the back facing up and the flap out, you will see the flap is wider than the back – go ahead and trim the extra off. Then using your machine, top stitch around the three flap edges to finish them off and keep the layers together.
STEP 10: Attach the ribbon strap. My ribbon strap measures 17″ long. I placed the ribbon inside and zigzagged back and forth from the front. You could also hand sew this if you find it tricky to get to it by machine.
STEP 11: Add the velcro. I happened to have red velcro (I bought this velcro pack for making bibs and have loved having colored velcro for other projects), but white would be just fine. Stitch the rough side under the flap. You could actually stop there with the velcro since the rough velcro will stick to the felt. I added the soft side, though, since Bugaboo really likes opening and closing things and I thought it would keep the felt looking nicer. Attach the other side of the velcro.