Handmade + Heartfelt: Embroidered Pin

Remember the FaveCrafts Valentine swap that I mentioned? Well, here's the card that I made for Barbara, my exchange partner. I stitched her an embroidered felt pin so that she can wear her heart on her sleeve tomorrow.

Here's how I made mine so that you can make one for yourself or someone you love...

In order to make sure that the pin fit properly in the card, I made a template based on the size of the cutout window I planned on making in the card.

Using the template, I cut two identical hearts out of red eco-felt.

The ingredients I used in the next steps were embroidery floss, a needle, and a bar-shaped pin.

I embroidered a sweet little design on the heart that would become the front of the pin. I cut two small slits in the other heart so that I could insert the ends of the bar-shaped pin through the felt. I stitched through each of the holes in the bar, securing it to the heart and making sure that all knots were on the same side of the felt as the bar. This way the metal body of the pin could be neatly hidden inside the heart once both sides were sewn together.

Using red embroidery floss, I blanket-stitched the two shapes together. Because I was mailing the pin on a card, I decided to leave it flat. {For a puffy heart, just add a pinch or two of fiberfil between the layers as you sew the pin closed.}

Lastly, I made a single-fold card with pink cardstock, punched a cutout window, hand-lettered a cute message + pinned the heart in place. A homemade envelope from polka-dot scrapbook paper wrapped it all up. I really hope Barbara likes it!

Do you have any special plans with your sweetie for Valentine's Day tomorrow?



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