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DIY Valentines: Hand Embroidered Cards

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

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Hand Embroidered Valentines

Time: 30 minutes per card

Cost: $5-10

Supplies:
– blank notecards
– red floss + needle
– ABC stamps + ink
– straight pin

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Hand Embroidered Valentines

Instructions:

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.

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Hand Embroidered Valentines

You can barely see it in this pic, but there are the holes in the notecard.

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Hand Embroidered Valentines

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Hand Embroidered Valentines

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.

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Hand Embroidered Valentines

Ta da, first one done!

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Hand Embroidered Valentines

Next, I did the same thing with a heart design and added stamps.

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Hand Embroidered Valentines

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!

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Hand Embroidered Valentines

 

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Hand Embroidered Valentines

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Hand Embroidered Valentines

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Hand Embroidered Valentines

 

Ta da!
The Amateur Librarian // DIY Hand Embroidered ValentinesThese were really fun to make on a rainy Sunday afternoon, and you could do a million different designs with this idea. Three cheers for a “love”ly V-Day!

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Hand Embroidered Valentines

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