I am, of course, talking about Galentine's Day, celebrated on February 13th.
Galentine's Day was invented by the amazing Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation (Season 2, Episode 16). I'll have her explain it.
Galentine's Day is a great way to celebrate your close lady friends and let them know how much you love them! Traditions include brunch, handmade gifts, and hanging out together. And I agree with Leslie, it should definitely be a national holiday.
Sadly, my three sisters are all scattered across the west coast, and I'm out here in Colorado, so brunch is out of the picture. I can however, bust out some sweet crafts to let them know I'm thinking of them!
The first year, I sent them each a 'relaxing night in' kit. I included a book or movie I thought they'd enjoy, plus some hot cocoa mix, and some bath salts.
Last year, I decided to try and create something handmade for each of them. I came up with a 'heart on my sleeve' idea, but with infinity scarves! Infinity scarves are great projects because they're inexpensive, easy to make, and super adorable.
Super cute, right?
1 yard of knit or jersey fabric in whatever pattern/color you like
1 piece of felt in matching or contrasting color
Matching or neutral thread
And that's it!
For my example here, I used a fun gold colored jersey, and a dark teal piece of felt.
Trace a heart on the felt. I had a heart shaped cookie cutter that worked great, but a paper pattern or freehanding it would work just as well.
After cutting out the heart, place in the middle of the piece of jersey, so it will be away from any seams. I appliqued the heart on by using the zig-zag stitch on my sewing machine in a matching thread and just worked my way around the edge.
There are a million and one infinity scarf tutorials out on the internet, but it's insanely easy to do. Fold your rectangle of fabric right sides together (with the heart applique on the inside), then sew the long edge together. Pin the raw edges of the short ends together, making sure you leave about six inches open so you can turn the scarf right side out. Sew the unfinished edges together except for your six inch gap, then turn the scarf back out. Sew the gap together (it's okay if the last part isn't perfect, since the scarf is made to be scrunched up and folded around) and voila! You're all done!
I also included a custom tin of tea from Adagio Teas in each package. They're really fun because you can find teas from a ton of different fandoms, and the small ones are only $10 each! Just search for the kind you want.
Plus, no Galentine's gift would be complete without a card featuring one of Leslie's many odd but heartfelt compliments.
So go on out there and have an amazing Galentine's Day by letting your lady friends know how much you love them! If you need any more inspiration, feel free to follow my Galentine's Day Pinterest Board here, or just click below!