More than any other holiday, Valentine’s Day is all about the stationery. If you’re anything like me, you hoard a massive stash of stationery. Note cards, postcards, journals, that you pick up every time you visit a nice gift shop or cute stationery store. I’m a sucker for it. I need not have a recipient in mind to buy more pretty note cards, or a particular project in need of a fresh journal. I simply find comfort in having all my hypothetical stationery needs covered. Not long after purchase, those once coveted paper goods get tucked away and I forget I even have them. So this Valentine’s Day I thought I’d do things a little differently and actually put some of that stationery to use. What a novel thought! I made these embroidered DIY Valentine’s Day cards by upcycling some of my card stash and using everyday crafting materials. These quirky cards can be endless customized and they can be as simple or as intricate as you choose
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Patterned note cards or postcards
- Additional cardstock
- Pencil (with eraser)
- Embroidery thread
- Embroidery needle
Here’s what you do:
- Draw a heart shape on the white side of your patterned note card or postcard and cut out the shape.
- Using your needle, pierce the heart with a series of holes to create your embroidery pattern. You can outline the card pattern or create your own design.
- Thread your needle with three threads of embroidery floss in the color of your choice and knot the end.
- Thread the needle through the pierced holes in the back of the heart. Thread through and repeat until done. Knot and clip thread.
- After you’ve achieved your design, using glue, back the embroidered heart with cardstock to cover the backstitching or mount the heart on a separate card. The embroidered heart can also be used as a topper for a Valentine’s Day gift.