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Showing posts with label embroidery. Show all posts
Showing posts with label embroidery. Show all posts

2.13.2012

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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1.24.2012

Let Your Light Shine


Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:15-16 (NIV)


I've been doing a fair amount of embroidery these days. Nothing big, just tinkering around + free-hand stitching as I go. I'd really like to design some patterns, so that I have at least a bit of direction in mind with where my projects should head.

A couple of weekends ago, a threadbare spot on one of my favorite pairs of jeans finally gave way. {Heartbreaking when that happens, isn't it?} While they were no longer wearable, I couldn't bear to just toss them. From the knees down, they were just as richly colored as when I bought them. Surely I could make something out of the material. So, I cut a small section, grabbed a tiny embroidery hoop + searched my stash of floss for some inspiration. I really loved the way the orange + yellow strands stood out so brightly against the dark wash denim. It reminded me of sunshine.

Almost immediately, a verse from Matthew came to mind. That happens quite often to me... sometimes it's a line from a poem or song that just seems perfect for that moment. Anyway, I got to stitching + this is what came from it.


The world can be a pretty dark place. Just turn on the national or local news any night of the week, you'll see. I believe that by choosing kindness + love, though, I can make a difference to those around me. You never know if something as simple as a smile might shine a little ray of hope into a stranger's day. It reminds me of a quote that I tweeted last Monday:
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

-- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. {Strength to Love}

How is your week going so far?

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