How To Make an Eco Machine Embroidered Valentine’s Card

Valentine’s Day is often criticised for being an overly commercialised holiday dreamt up by the greetings card companies. This year, why not shun the mass produced cards and make up one of your own. Read on to find out how to make a simple machine embroidered Valentine’s Day card that you could give to all the family. Not only will a handmade card mean so much more to that special someone in your life, but by using recycled card and fabric scraps, you can show your love towards the environment too.

What you will need:

• Recycled card – smaller piece for front of card, larger piece to make shape of card
• Assorted fabric scraps
• Pencil
• Scissors
• Glue stick
• Sewing machine
• Contrast color thread
• Scrap paper
• Buttons

1. Start by choosing your fabrics and colors. You can either use what you have lying around, or you can go and buy fabric remnants from the local fabric store. It doesn’t matter whether you opt for plain or patterned but mix it up a bit by having five different fabrics in a medium weight (no transparent chiffon or thick velvet). Also choose your colored card, for the embroidered front and to make up the main card shape.

2. On scrap paper, draw out the letters L O V E in chunky shapes, and draw a heart (draw half on a fold of paper to get a symmetrical heart). When you are happy with them, cut them out to use as templates for the fabric.

3. Decide on the order of your fabrics and use the shape templates to cut out each piece.

4. Stick the heart into the center of the front card with the glue stick. Use a zig-zag stitch to sew all the way around the heart shape. You will need a darning foot and contrasting thread. Try to make one continuous stitch.

5. Repeat for the LOVE letters, placing them across the heart. Sew each with a contrasting thread, you can either use zig-zag stitch as before, or use a messy straight stitch to randomly sew across each letter (or a mixture of the two methods).

6. Sew or glue the buttons onto each corner of the card.

7. Fold the larger section of card over to make a landscape style greetings card, and glue the embroidered card to the front.

8. Use the inside to write your very own personalized message!

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Emma Waight is an ethical fashion blogger and freelance writer for clothes.org.uk. For style advice and fashion news follow clothes on twitter.