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Thursday, January 28

Handmade Valentines!

Lookie what I made!

This was my secret project going on in the background. I like to mail out cards for random occasions, and I happened to sign up for a Valentine's Day card swap, so I decided it was perfect timing to flex my creative muscles.

The design of these was heavily inspired by Dana of MADE and her simple Valentines she posted a couple days back. I  had a couple of sizable pink and red scraps leftover from my quilt project to cut out a bunch of little hearts!

The shimmery cardstock is sold by the sheet in the scrapbooking section of most craft stores for less than $1 per sheet. I decided to buy big sheets and cut them down to size to fit the red envelopes I bought. With my rotary cutter and Hera marker I was able to cut very exactly sized cards that just fit into my envelopes.

The hearts themselves I just cut freehand from scraps of fabric I had lying around. I chose beige thread so the colors wouldn't clash with either the paper, envelopes, or patterns, and got busy sewing. Since I couldn't pin or glue the hearts to the cards beforehand, I carefully placed them while sewing slowly.

All of the different patterns were made up on the fly. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out! I hope my sassy pen pal ladies love them!




Something about sewing through paper is very satisfying. It makes a really neat THWOMP sound as the needle makes it through the cardstock.

I think in-between working on my giant quilt blocks, I want to make some garlands. This heart garland is the most adorable thing ever ever, and looks like it would be a perfect little touch for my Alice tea party if I have it.

Actually that garland reminds me of a paint chip mobile I made a few years ago sewn in much the same manner. It was made with varying colors of paint chips (you know, the kind you can pick up for free at the Home Depot) and cascaded in long rows. It might have even been inspired by an Anthropologie display? Maybe I will make one of those too. Whimsy for everyone!


  1. very crafty! those are so pretty

  2. I'm in love with those cards. You are so creative, I love everything you make!

  3. Veryy pretty! Now you've inspired me to make some.

  4. These look so authentic, plus I love that you made them and recycled instead of consumed.

  5. This is really cool! I think I'm going to try it. Did you use regular unwaxed thread--the kind you'd normally use for fabric? Or did you use special thread?

    xo Jenny

  6. These are adorable! Thanks for sharing, I will definitely be making these out of my scrap fabric. I can't wait to make the heart garland either... I'm sure my toddler will love them.

    I just discovered your blog, and really love your fashion style.

  7. Jenny - I just used regular thread that you use for sewing. I don't think the machine I am currently using can withstand my feeding waxed thread through it!

  8. How cute and creative!! :D These are so much nicer than store-bought cards!


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