Got some burlap scraps hanging around? Whip up some love with a few stitches.
Cut your burlap into postcard size rectangles (approximately 4"x6") . Stiffen up the burlap with a little spray starch and a hot iron. Repeat a few times on each side.
(The "Bee Mine" Valentine was inspired by my bee-keeping friend, Patricia.)
(This one makes me think of the Fed Ex package Tom Hanks delivered at the end of Cast Away.)
Embroider a design on the postcard. All of my designs were free-hand, though I did trace the hearts with a light pencil to achieve symmetry. Maya*Made has a great post about embroidering on burlap. The woven grid of burlap is a perfect surface for embroidery. I used fine cotton crochet thread, but embroidery floss would work just as well. Use what you have on hand.
Cut a piece of paper the same size as the burlap. Stitch the paper onto the back of your burlap postcard. I simply zig-zagged around the postcard with ecru thread. The paper backing will cover the backside of your embroidery and give you a place to write a sonnet to your beloved.
Voila! You're ready to send some love to someone you love. Or if you're like me, you can stuff them into a ziploc bag and put them away for a year until you remember to do something with them. I have to admit, I'm a tad bit embarassed by how sappy some of these Valentines are, but what can I say? It's the season for sap.