Hand Sewn Valentine’s Cards

When I was in elementary school, I learned how to make geometric patterns by drawing straight lines from different points on a shape in a specific pattern, usually skipping a certain number of points in between.  I don’t remember why we were doing this in school all I know is I became obsessed!  I started making the patterns all the time and after a while, got bored with the pencil and ruler method and began sewing them.  I would spend all my free time graphing out shapes and points and sewing the patterns (yep, I was that cool…I sewed between making spreadsheets and playing The Game of Life by myself, any who…).

When I decided to have the girls start making hand sewn Valentine’s cards for the family since they have a newfound obsession with embroidery, knitting and crocheting (see their creations tomorrow!) I of course thought of my prior, long-lost, obsession.  I tried having Honeybun do this one but it was a little much for her and her lack of problem solving skills and patience made it a no-go but that didn’t stop me from using an entire nap time to create my own hand sewn Valentine’s cards.Hand Sewn Valentine's Card, free printable pattern
I created a pattern of hearts increasing in size and played with different patterns while sewing the hearts.  The great thing about patterns like this is there is no right or wrong way to do it, it comes out different each time depending on how many points you skip when making each stitch and they are all beautiful!

Print the pattern (get the Hand Sewn Valentine’s Card Pattern here) onto cardstock.  I find it easiest to use embroidery thread and a large needle.  Poke through each dot from the front of the paper before starting then knot your thread and secure the end with a piece of tape to prevent it from pulling through the holes.  You can also use variegated thread (as I did) for extra visual interest or multiple colors randomly or in a pattern.

I started with the largest, bottom heart and I skipped 7 points per stitch.  (I stopped when I reached the center point on the top because if I had continued going around the heart, skipping points, it would have created lines within the empty area at the top).

For the center heart I only used every other point and skipped one hole (three points) with each stitch.  (I did continue around the heart, hence the kind of odd small, straight stitch across the top divot of the heart).

The top heart I decided to do each side different.  The left side I skipped five points and on the right I skipped nine points.  Because the points were much closer together (each heart has the same number of points, despite the size), the pattern isn’t as open but I think it’s still beautiful!

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Comments (10)

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  2. Ellen Christian

    That came out really good. It reminds me of the string art my father used to do.

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    1. Melissa (Post author)

      Thanks, Ellen. I think it’s a bit of a lost art, I have a boat that my grandfather made with gold thread around nails that is one of my most prized possessions (maybe that’s where my obsession started, staring in awe of that boat for so many years!)

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  7. Scarlet

    This is really cute! I love this fun Valentine’s day idea!

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  8. LauraOinAK

    This looks like a great way for kids to practice stitching, too.

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    1. Melissa (Post author)

      You’re right, Laura! Though suited best suited for late elementary age and older I’d say, my 7-year-old wasn’t quite adept enough!

      Reply

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