I know that some people don't like Valentine's Day and how commercial it has become, but personally I have always been a sucker for this holiday, I can't help it! As it's only one week to go until Valentine's Day, I'm going to show you how to make a really personal Valentine for your special someone. Go on, avoid the commercial side of this holiday by giving something handmade and heartfelt to the one you love!
What you will need for this project:
I also used a pencil, pins, an embroidery needle, scissors and pinking shears. This really is such a simple project, so let's get started...
1. Cover your chosen photograph with the tracing paper and trace the main details using a pencil (you can tape the paper down if you wish but I prefer to leave it loose so I can easily view the picture underneath for reference!)
2. Secure some scrap fabric tightly in your embroidery hoop and pin your traced reference on top of it.
3. Using three strands of embroidery floss thread your needle and sew along the lines of your tracing paper reference. I mostly used split stitch, but get creative, there are heaps of different embroidery stitches you can try!
4. Once you have finished your stitchery gentling tear away the tracing paper from behind your design. Go carefully so as not to disturb the stitches!
To finish I pinked the edges of my embroidery in the shape of a heart before sewing it to a larger felt heart with a simple running stitch. I also added a felt pocket on the back of the heart to hold a handwritten Valentine message.
And there you have it, a Perfectly Personal Valentine to be treasured forever! And wouldn't this make a sweet gift outside of Valentine's Day? Maybe using the portrait of a pet or a friend? The possibilities are endless!
I hope you've enjoyed this DIY tutorial, if you have any questions then please get in touch!