Personalised Treat Map Hearts for Valentines

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Map Hearts

I love working with maps and personalised crafts, so for valentines day I have made some lovely map hearts treat bags using old maps. This is a really easy craft where you can make something quite special for your loved one by upcycling maps that have meaning for you. For example you could use a map of where you first met, or your favourite city or even a piste map of your favourite ski run.
 
Valentine’s day isn’t huge in our house, except for the fact that it happens to be my birthday ! We don’t do the romantic meal thing as I’m more into celebrating my birthday with friends. However I do like to give my husband a little sweet treat so he doesn’t feel left out on the day. These map heart treat bags are great fun not only does he get a little sweet treat but a personal reminder of a special place.
 
These Map Heart treat bags make for a gorgeous gift.  They can be personalized by using maps of your favourite city or where your first met.  Perfect for valentines day!
 
Valentines Map hearts treat bags - Pillarboxblue.com
 

What you need to make map heart treat bags

  • Old maps – As already mentioned I love using maps in my crafts (map chairs), I tend to keep maps from holidays, city breaks etc so luckily have a ready supply. If you don’t happen to have any old maps you can always download some, Remodleholic have some vintage ones. You could just put your favourite places in google maps and print them off. If you don’t want to cut up your old maps you can just photocopy them.
  • Heart template – I used a cookie cutter for this as it’s easy to line up exactly where you want on your map.
  • Pencil, scissors & sewing machine.
  • Small luggage labels/tags
  • Sweet treets
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    Old maps
     

    How to make map heart treat bags

    Map heart treat bags  - Pillarboxblue.com
     

  • Once you have chosen your map, using your template draw round it and cut out 2 hearts per treat bag.
  • Pin the hearts wrong sides together. Stitch round the edge using a sewing machine leaving a small gap to insert the treats.
  • Insert the treats and the string of the “pull me” label
  • Sew your hearts shut.
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    Valentine Map Hearts treat bags
     
    Valentine Map Hearts Treat Bags
     

    Yes it’s that easy ! If you want bigger treats then you can make bigger heart bags. I had never sewn paper on the sewing machine before, but it was really easy and fun. I’m definitely going to be doing more of that in the future. If you don’t have a sewing machine, I don’t know how easy these would be to sew by hand but you could give it a go !
     
    Valentine Map Hearts Treat Bags
     
    I just hope my husband, gets the significance of the maps I’ve chosen for the treat bags. Like Nottingham, the only time my husband and I have been to Nottingham was for a party at which we first met. Bergen and the fjords is where we fantasise about living when things get a bit stressful, it’s our happy place.
     
    Valentine Map Hearts Treat Bags
     
    Valentine Map Treat bag
     
    Make personalized heart treat bags by using old maps.  You can use maps of places special to the recipient such as where they were born or where you met.
     
    What maps would you choose ?
     
     


     
     
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    66 Responses

    1. I love these. They’re so charming, I would hate to tear them open 🙂 Might instead fill them with lavender and use them as sachets. Thanks for sharing this wonderful project!

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thanks ! That would be a good idea too. They are made with paper so are disposable, if you’re worried about your old maps you could always make these with photocopies.

    2. I love map projects, and these turned out super cute! 🙂

      (Found you via the Blog Handmade linkup on Indie Crafts!)

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thanks ! Love the name of your blog !

    3. What a great use for old maps! Thanks for sharing at My Flagstaff Home.

      Jennifer

      • Claire Armstrong

        Cheers ! Your welcome.

    4. Beautiful, I love these! You are so creative x

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you very much !

    5. These are so cute – what a great idea!! I hope your husband takes the hint. ^^

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you ! I hope he does to.

    6. These are gorgeous! My birthday is the 15th so we have the same take on Valentine’s Day – but these are lovely. My husband is from Derby – just near Nottingham. Small world!

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you ! And Happy Birthday for the 15th !

    7. I love anything to do with maps – the romance of far-away places is perfect for Valentine’s Day!

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thanks, you could also do one as a hint of somewhere you’d like to go.

    8. Oh these are SO CUTE! A lovely idea and they look awesome too. I hope you have a lovely bday as well.

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you very much ! Glad you liked them.

    9. love love love it, and yes sewing with paper is fabulous, now go and make some garlands of map shapes sewn together! just sad that you have to destroy the lovely little package to get the treat out….thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you very much ! I can’t wait to sew some more paper, already thinking of new paper stitching ideas.

    10. These are just tooooooo adorable. The pull is … ok enough Pinning!!

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thanks ! Yeah I like the pull tags too.

    11. Simple and cute! Absolutely clever

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you ! Yes they are so easy.

    12. These are so cute! I’m searching for a “map” project for the February craft challenge at My French Twist. This just might be the thing!

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thanks ! I love working with maps and I’m always looking for new ideas, I’ll be checking out your map projects. In fact I’ve just had a look at your blog and I think it’s lovely, I love your premise of a year of making beautiful things.

    13. Claire, these map hearts are very clever and cute!! It’s a cool way to make a Valentine’s treat special!! Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you ! Glad you liked them.

    14. These are totally adorable! When I saw the Eiffel Tower one I gasped. Love it! What a great idea this is. I can see these just hanging in my house here and there. Love anything to do with maps, yet I’ve never done a map project… even though I’ve been collecting them for just that reason. You’ve inspired me!

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thanks ! I also collect maps everywhere I go from, old road maps, free tourist maps and even piste maps.

    15. Love this. I never think to sew right onto paper. Would hate to rip it open to get the treat out, but who wants to waste good chocolate.

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thanks ! Sewing on paper is really easy and great fun. You could always photocopy your map if your don’t want to tear it.

    16. I am so in love with this idea…These are amazing. I don’t sew much, but I forget you can sew paper!!! so fun!

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thanks ! Paper sewing is great fun.

    17. What an adorable idea! Great use of maps! Pinned!

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thanks ! Glad you liked it.

    18. What an awesome idea! I’ve never seen anything like it before. Very creative. I love the idea of sewing paper. 🙂 Happy early birthday!!!

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you very much ! Sewing paper is fun.

    19. Adorable! Thanks for linking up to The Talk of the Town link party.

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you !

    20. I love maps and these are just too adorable. Such a great creative idea. Cathy

      • Claire Armstrong

        Cheers ! Glad you liked it.

    21. This is such a great idea! My fella currently lives on the other side of the country from me, I should make him a valentine for him using maps from our two states <3

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thanks ! You could have one state one side and the other the other side.

    22. I am crushing on these map hearts! I so wish I had a sewing machine to make them with. I would hate to tear them open they are so delightful. I could see a banner made with this as well!

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thanks ! You could always try to hand sew them.

    23. So very sweet and I like the extra of the pull tag. Reminds me of crackers you pull open. Pinning

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you! I like the pull tags too, they are also handy for opening the bags.

    24. I lOVE these! I’ve got to do some old map crafting this weekend – LOVE old maps!

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thanks ! Old maps are great for crafting with.

    25. I love map crafts and these turned out super cute! The “pull me” tag is an adorable addition.

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thanks ! Map projects are such fun.

    26. These are just too cute – I can imagine a whole class of kiddies making them and learning how to hand stitch.

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thanks ! That’s a good idea I might try it with my Beaver scouts.

    27. This is adorable to no end. My husband and I came from different areas and this would put a nice touch on our Christmas tree. Thank you for sharing at Homemade and Handcrafted party! PINNED to do! =)

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you so much ! You could have a map of both areas one on each side of your heart.

    28. This is going on my crafting bucket list. Love the idea of sewing on paper! Thanks for sharing your tips on making more of your own maps for projects by copying or using ones from the internet. These are so adorable and the pull string is so clever! Pinning

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you, glad you like them. I’m always stashing away maps for projects.

    29. If you pull the “pull me” tag, will the string come undone or do you have to rip the package open?

      • Claire Armstrong

        Depends how you sew it. If you sew the pull string round the edge as you sew it should rip open as you pull.

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    31. peg

      Oh my!!! so stinking cute!!! <3 I love things made from maps.

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thanks ! Maps do make for great crafts !

    32. These are so cute and so creative! Thanks for sharing at Submarine Sunday!!

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you so much glad you liked them !

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    34. I’m stilling loving your map hearts Claire. Thanks so much for sharing them at Vintage Charm.

      • Claire Armstrong

        Cheers and thanks !

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