The night before Valerie's first day of first grade, I waited 'til she was asleep, then slipped into the guest room to sew up a little surprise to tuck into her lunch box.
I simply drew a heart freehand onto some gingham scrap fabric left over from her dress, cut it out, put a strip of trim (also from the dress) in between the layers, then sewed it around, leaving a space for stuffing. I turned it right side out, stuffed it with poly fill, and hand-stitched up the open space.
Next, Tom and I wrote her a little first day of school love note, and slid it into place under the strip of trim. In the morning after packing Valerie's lunch, I snuck the message heart into her new dinosaur lunch box.
Valerie liked it. And she told me she can also use it as a heart finger puppet. So, two things in one!