Tuesday, February 4, 2014

How to Make a Homemade Victorian-Style Valentine's Card

It's so easy to add your personal touch to cards for your loved ones and friends for Valentine's day.

Consider going old-style this Valentine's day and making a Valentine's card decorated with fabric scraps and sewing notions.

Update the card-making process a bit, though, by using high quality card stock and craft glue to make a truly collectible heirloom card.

What You'll Need:
  • 1 sheet of card stock per card
  • Craft glue
  • 1 three-inch red heart-shaped piece of felt
  • 3 or 4 small heart-shaped fabric scraps
  • Lace
  • Flat buttons
  • Iridescent glitter
Instructions:
  1. Fold the card stock in half to form the card's shape.
  2. Spread a thin coat of craft glue on the back of the red felt heart, turn it over, and center it on the front of the card.
  3. Coat the back of the smaller hearts with glue and randomly stick them around the edges of the red felt heart.
  4. Run a thin bead of glue around each heart you want to add lace to and stick the lace in the glue around the hearts.
  5. Coat the back of one button and randomly choose a heart to stick it in. Repeat with the other buttons until you are happy with how the card looks.
  6. Run a thin bead of iridescent glue around the outer edge of the lace and around the perimeter of the card's front, like a border.
  7. Sprinkle glitter in the fresh line of glue.
  8. Allow the craft glue to dry completely on the Valentine's card before personalizing a greeting inside the card.
If you need to mail this card, I recommend using a padded mailer instead of a regular envelope - to avoid damage to the card.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

3 Romance-Inspired Valentine Sewing Projects

Choose your pattern  based on your sewing skill leveled you decide to make one of these sweet Valentine sewing ideas, because you can make any of them as simple or as detailed as you wish with a few modifications.

3 Valentine Sewing Projects
  1. Silky robes: Think deep burgundy shades for the man in your life and delicate pink for yourself. Or, mix things up and just use your favorite shades of blue for these silky, satiny valentine's robes.
  2. Delicate, satiny nightgown: Make yourself a beautiful, soft and silky romance-inspiring satin nightgown in your favorite shade of light-catching silky fabric. Add delicate lace and embellishments along the neckline for an extra feminine touch.
  3. Satiny boxers: Make the man in your life a pair of these romance-inspiring boxers in your his favorite shade of silky fabric.
Set your presser for on heavy when sewing thin, fabrics, and use a light-weight satin needle to avoid tearing up delicate fabrics - unless your fabric is a silky knit - then use either a lightweight ball point needle or universal needle.

Also, if you have problems with your fabric sliding, wrap a layer of  tissue paper around the seam you are working on. Then just tear the tissue off after you finish each seam.

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