Melissa from Checkout Girl wowed us with her beautiful Little Pink House Tutorial in our Hand Sewing Month. Melissa is back with today’s wool felt valentine tutorial! Learn more about Melissa in her introduction, and start your valentine today…

From Melissa: If you want to return to the days of hand-crafted valentines meant to be kept as mementos for years to come, here’s the tutorial for you! It’s simpler than it looks (which is always a good thing), and its wool-feltiness and hangability mean it’ll never end up in the recycling bin.

Materials:

  • 1 piece of stiffened craft felt (12X18”)
  • 1 piece of red wool felt
  • 1 piece of blue/turquoise wool felt
  • scraps of wool felt in pink and pale green
    (You can substitute the colors of your choice, of course, and you can use craft felt if that’s what you have on hand.)
  • 1 foot of ribbon (for hanging—optional)
  • a few pins
  • needle
  • brown embroidery floss
  • black embroidery floss
  • pink embroidery floss
  • blue/turquoise thread or floss
  • green thread or floss
  • red or white thread or floss
  • a sharp pencil
  • sharp scissors
  • hole punch or screw punch (optional)
  • spray adhesive (optional)
  • templates
spacer 1. Trace (or pin and cut around) your templates onto the appropriate colors of felt and cut out all your pieces.
spacer If you’re using a screw punch (or very small hole punch) to create a doily effect at the edge of the white felt, use a sharp pencil to mark three dots, like the points of a triangle, in each of the scallops, and punch a hole at each pencil mark.
spacer If you’re using a standard hole punch (which works, with a little muscle!), punch one hole in the center of each scallop.
spacer 2. Position the body of the bluebird on the red heart (as shown in photos), and pin.
spacer Use a small, neat running stitch to attach.
spacer 3. Use a sharp pencil to draw a line that runs from approximately ½ inch from the left edge of the red heart to the top of the bluebird’s tale and from the bluebird’s breast toward the right edge of the red heart, about an inch.
spacer 4. Using all six strands of the brown floss, create the branch by tracing the pencil line with two rows of backstitch, snuggled side by side.
spacer 5. Position the two leaves so their left points touch the right edge of the branch you’ve just embroidered, and attach each leaf with a single row of backstitching (in the same brown floss) that extends approximately 2/3 of the leaf’s length.
spacer 6. Position the bluebird’s wing so it slightly overlaps the edge of his back and the curved wing top sits just below his beak (as shown in photos). Use a small, neat running stitch to attach the top half of the wing, leaving the bottom loose to create a dimensional effect.
spacer 7. Using a sharp pencil, write “be mine” on the pink banner in your bestest handwriting. (You can also use Corinne’s excellent tutorial for embroidering text!) Trace your writing, using two strands of black floss and a backstitch.
spacer 8. Position the pink banner to the left of the bluebird’s beak (as shown in photos), and attach with a running stitch.With one or two strands of pink embroidery floss, using a backstitch, create the banner’s string, running from the right point of the banner, through the bluebird’s beak and over his body. The length of this string is up to you, and you can draw it in advance with a sharp pencil if you like.
spacer 9. Position the red wool felt heart on the white craft-felt heart. At this point, you can attach the red felt heart to the white using your machine or by hand; if you elect to attach the hearts by hand, you can use red or white thread. White will show up on the red; red will show on the back of the white heart. In either case, use your neatest running stitch.
spacer 10. If you want to prepare your valentine for hanging, simply cut a length of thinnish ribbon (I’ve use a thin, pink satin), thread it through two of your top punch holes, and tie a knot at each end to stop the ribbon from pulling through.



Voila!

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