If you are going to put your heart into a fabric Valentine, why not make a special fabric stamp to 'post' your message? This is a relatively quick little project that will be the icing on your fabric envelope!
You won't need much:
- 5" square of fabric with some cute motifs that are about 3/4" square (charm packs are a great for this).
- two pieces of lightweight fusible interfacing 4 1/2" square
- a 1"x6" clear ruler
- marking pen of your choice
- sewing machine with decorative stitch or buttonhole stitch
- white thread
Step 1: Layer and fuse the two pieces of interfacing to the wrong side of your fabric. I found that using one piece of heavyweight interfacing (like Timtex) was too difficult to cut tiny curves out between the stitching. Two pieces of lightweight were perfect.
Step 2: Place your ruler over the motif that you want in your stamp. Trace a 1" square around the motif. If you can trace several on one piece of fabric, go for it (just remember to leave room for your stitching between your stamps).
Step 3: Choose a decorative stitch (my Pfaff just happens to have this one that is perfect for the edge of a perforated stamp...use a tight zigzag or buttonhole stitch if you don't have a decorative option). I did play around reducing the stitch length and width to make the decorative stitch smaller & more compact.
Stitch around the drawn line, pivoting with your needle down in the corners. Make sure to cover your marked line with the stitches. In my case, the design is all stitched to the left of the needle centre line, so I just lined up my marked line with the centre of my presser foot.
Step 4: Using a fine point permanent marking pen, add any text you would like now, before cutting.
Step 5: Using sharp embroidery scissors, cut out each stamp, curving into and out of the space between the stitches carefully (you will have more control of this near the hinge of your scissors).
Step 6: Attach your stamps to a fabric envelope or postcard using a wavy machine stitch to resemble a postmark, or simple straight stitch along the inside square of your decorative stitching (both methods shown in the photo).
Happy Valentines Day!!