Since this is Anabelle’s first Valentines Day, I thought it would be nice to make her a valentine that she could keep – or, I guess, we could keep for her. I got inspired by these images of fabric valentines-y things in the French magazine Marie Clair Idées:

from Marie Clair Idées

… So I decided to try to make some quilted Valentines cards. I checked my fabric scrap stash, and found some nice pink prints for Anabelle’s, and some that were a little more masculine to make one for Dave (okay, maybe they’re not masculine, exactly, but it was as close as I could get), as well as some scrap quilt batting.

I cut a cover and an inside layer to 6×8″, and cut the batting to the same size. Then I decorated the front cover (right side of cover fabric) and the inside page (right side of the inside fabric) with scrap hearts, pinked squares and stamped lettering, allowing for a 1/4″ seam allowance around the outer edge.

To make it easy, I used iron-on fusible web, so I didn’t have to stitch everything down, and pinked the applique edges so I didn’t have to finish them.

When I finished decorating, I ironed everything down, added some embroidery stitching and sewed the layers together using the pillowcase method.
To do this I lay the layer of batting on my work table, then I lay the inside layer face up on the batting, and the cover layer face down on top of that. Then I pinned the layers securely and stitched all three together with a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving a 2-3″ gap for turning on the lower back edge. Once stitched, I trimmed the excess seam allowance, turned the cards right-side-out, hand-stitched the gap closed, and ironed the cards flat. Then I top-stitched a seam at the center where the fold should be.
For Anabelle’s card, I added some silk ribbons as a closure before I stitched the layers together. For Dave’s, I sewed a doubled ribbon to the back and a button to the front after I finished sewing the card.

5 Responses to “my crafty valentine: a fabric valentine tutorial”

  1. DolceDreams says:

    Happy Valentines Day,

  2. Britt Bravo says:

    Nathalie, you took the word right off of my keyboard!

    Adorable, Jen!

  3. Emma Thomsen says:

    What a really lovely idea, my 6 year old daughter Amelie would love something like that, she would really treasure it! Thanks for sharing.

  4. monaluna says:

    Thanks, guys! She did seem to find it worthy of a good chew (but then, few things aren't worthy of a good chew these days…)
    I hope you had a happy Valentine's Day as well!

  5. […] Vor einigen Jahren wurde ich mit den Valentines geschickt und machte diese kleinen Stoffkarten. Sie machen wirklich Spaß und können so einfach oder kompliziert sein, wie Sie möchten (oder in meinem Fall haben Sie Zeit). Anabelle war gerade klein, als sie dieses hier bekam, und ich finde es immer noch in ihrem Bücherregal oder in ihren Puppen. Mein Mann mag auch seinen.Das Tutorial finden Sie hier im Blog. […]

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