Sunday, February 10, 2013

Valentine Project - Bookmarks

Hello there,
If you are big on procrastination, I have a perfect valentine tutorial for you. It is super adorable and so easy you can whip a dozen up in just about no time!

Let's start with the Valentine fun!

You will need:
(2) 2" by 7" piece of cardstock
2" by 3" scrap piece of fabric
Scrap piece of cardstock to create heart templates
Needle and thread/ embroidery floss
Punching machine and tape (not shown in the picture)
Craft knife

Draw and cut two hearts, 1" x 1" and 1.75 " x 2"  from your scrap piece of cardstock/ or any scrap piece of paper.

Place it as desired on 2" x 7" cardstock and trace.

Using your craft knife cut out the two hearts you just traced.

Flip and apply UHU around hearts.

Secure your 2" x 3" piece of fabric.

Next, grab a needle and thread and  stitch a stem down both the hearts. Use pencil marks to ensure the running stitch is straight.

Tape off loose ends of the thread.

Take your other 2" x 7" piece of cardstock and secure it to the back of your bookmark. Here you can either use a similar colored cardstock or experiment with different colors and patterns.

Next, punch a hole through the top and secure your thread/ribbon (how to do so is explained later in the tutorial!).

Add your sentiment.

Ta-da! Inexpensive and handmade Valentine gift that everyone will LOVE!

And now for some variation.

To get this look, thread embroidery floss onto your needle and stitch around the smaller heart.

This one is fun! You can keep one half and give the other to your friend/someone you love.
I simply placed two bookmarks side by side, traced and cut out the heart. Next, I ironed interfacing onto the back of 2" x 3" piece of fabric for structure and adhered the heart onto the bookmarks.

Then went snap snap with scissors.

Using green thread, stitched heart around the smaller heart.

Repeated with the other bookmark.

Did likewise with the larger heart (half hearts?)

Punched hole and tied yellow embroidery floss!

Simply adorable!

Right, right, gotta tell you how to tie thread/ribbon/embroidery floss through a punched hole!

Okay, so cut a piece of embroidery floss (length is up to you).

Fold it in half and knot the two loose ends together.

Slip the folded end through the punched hole.

Then push the knotted end up through the looped end.

And pull!

Easy right?

Go have some fun creating your own.
Happy crafting! xo

p.s: Don't throw away the heart cut outs just yet! We'll put them to good use in the next tutorial :)

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