Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of Alice & Lois
We love to gift our friends with little Valentine’s Day presents, just like the kiddos do. This year, we’re making a simple embroidered gift that’s straight from the heart. We fell in love with Minted’s “First Crush” fabric by Katherine Roberts and added a special touch by stitching pink embroidery floss to the fabric. We started with a small hoop and used basic split stitches and French knots to add some sweet embellishments to the darling fabric. Lastly, just add some string to the top of the hoop to turn the embroidery into a wall hanging for your friend.
Click through for the step-by-step instructions …
• Valentine’s Day-themed fabric (we used “First Crush” fabric by Katherine Roberts)
• 4-inch embroidery hoop
• Embroidery floss
• Embroidery needle
1. Cut a 6″ x 6″ square of fabric. Place it in between the two hoops, then tighten the screw on top. Make sure the fabric is pulled taught. .
2. Split stitch how-to: Thread the needle with embroidery floss and make a knot at the end. I did a split stitch around the heart pattern on fabric. Start from the underside of the fabric, then make one stitch by pushing the needle back down through fabric. Next, bring needle up through the middle of the stitch and create another stitch the same length. Repeat this by bringing the needle up through the middle of each stitch.
3. When finished, tie the ends together at the back of the fabric.
4. French knots how-to: I love making French knots! Bring the needle up through the fabric, then wrap the needle around the floss two times. Hold the end of the floss tightly and push the needle through the floss and fabric. Keep holding the floss tightly, pushing through the fabric. This makes a little knot onto of the fabric.
You can trim the fabric edges and tape or glue down on the back side of the embroidery hoop. You could even cut a piece of felt and glue onto the back side, covering the fabric edges.
Photos: Sara Albers
More Valentine’s Day Ideas:
• DIY: Whimsical Valentine’s Paper Flowers
• DIY: Paper Flower Valentines with Candy Stems (Smarties!)
• Recipe: Painted-Heart Sugar Cookies
• DIY: Valentine Mail Bag
• DIY: No-Sew Valentine Treat Bags