Updated: Aug 6
What's the perfect way to share the love this Valentine's Day? Create a handmade, quilted Valentine's Day card! 💖🪡💘
I'll show you how I made this quilted card, including details about the whimsical, inverted LOVE in the middle row. If you want to get started on your own, Moda has this free project sheet to follow.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this scrappy, quilted card (Love Actually reference, anyone?) because making something by hand is my love language. And there are no rules to put it together - use whatever scraps of red, white, and pink you have on hand.
My husband and I usually don't buy each other greeting cards, we create them and it makes it so much more special. I'll admit, he outdoes me every year with a self-designed card and sweet poem. But this year? I win!
Here's an inside look at my creative process for constructing a handmade quilted Valentine's card. 💖
I start out with a doodling session. ✍️ Grab a cozy cup of tea and find a quite space to play around. I also use this time to destress and practice gratitude. There are so many benefits to slowing down and focusing on love, compassion, kindness and gratitude. And have fun!
After I'm happy, I trace the shapes I want on the paper side of fusible adhesive to make the applique shapes. I use Heat n Bond Featherlight for my projects and it works great. Heat n Bond Featherlight is a paper backed, iron-on, sewable, double-sided adhesive for bonding fabric without extra weight or stiffness. Then I rough cut the shapes and fuse it to the wrong side of my fabric.
PRO TIP: Mirroring matters!! I often forget to reverse my images when I applique and here's another example. If you can read your word correctly when you fuse it to your paper-backed adhesive - it's going to be backwards when you finish. Thankfully, it's an easy fix for creatives - we just call it "whimsical" and move on! 😆
💖To finish the handmade quilted Valentine's card, I cut out each element and positioned them on the background fabric. 🪡I'm using Moonscapes in Cherry from Dear Stella Fabrics, along with red and white solid fabric for my card.
Once I'm happy with the layout, I peel the paper backing off and fuse the pieces to the background with an iron. Then, back the Valentine's card with a piece of scrap batting. The last step is the most fun - applique and quilt! I top stitched around the words with a straight stitch and added a blanket stitch around some of the hearts for fun. 😍
I glued a piece of cardstock to the back of the quilted card so I can write a sweet message. You can also send your card as a postcard in the mail! 📨📬💌
I would love to see what you are making! Send me an email or message on social and tell me what you are making!