Only 9 days til V-Day… Valentine time again! This year I gravitated toward the idea of grownup-friendly hand embroidered cards as valentines, so I spent a couple hours last weekend going to town. I used the same technique that I learned a couple years ago when I made jumbo Halloween cross stitch posters, just on a smaller scale.
DIY Hand Embroidered Valentine Cards
Time: 30 minutes per card
– blank notecards
– red floss + needle
– ABC stamps + ink
– straight pin
Easy peasy, as usual! Draw your design on the card, poke holes with a straight pin at even intervals, then thread your needle with floss and use a back stitch to connect the dots.
I made three different designs, so here are a few pics of each one. For the first one, I probably could have drawn “XOXO” freehand onto the card, but I tried this way first. I drew my design on a scrap piece of paper, used painters tape to hold it in place, then poked holes through the two layers of paper.
You can barely see it in this pic, but there are the holes in the notecard.
I used a glue stick to glue the loose ends onto the back. If you wanted to get fancy, you could glue a piece of scrapbook paper on the inside cover of the card so you don’t see the back of the stitches.
Ta da, first one done!
Next, I did the same thing with a heart design and added stamps.
For this “tweet-heart” I drew a simple bird outline and added a message with stamps. First I looked for a design in an embroidery book I have (Stitches in Color) for some ideas, and traced a few of them, but ended up drawing something freehand directly onto the card. The stitches cover up pencil marks, so no need to erase!