ps. . . i love you.

One of my favorite things about the blog world is all the inspiration out there.

In the past, before I started reading blogs, I didn’t really decorate for the holidays –  other than Christmas. But there’s something about taking the time to add some fresh new decorations throughout the seasons that makes me feel more proud of my house and decor. (I wasn’t really so much before.)
And this time of year it’s really hitting me – you take down all the Christmas things and yes, the house feels all fresh and clean, but it also feels kind of naked. Like a dog that’s been shaved for the summer. You know it’s a good idea, but it’s still kind of weird.

So I’m diving into Valentine’s Day with both feet. I have a lot of fun ideas – I’m hoping I can get them all done. I might still be celebrating in March. We’ll see.

I’m starting off with this little stitched Love Note.

It’s a little note embroidered onto fabric that I stitched lines on to look like paper. I know the idea’s not a new one – I can’t remember where I’ve seen it. But I think it’s so sweet and simple.
And I love how the fabric looks all wrinkly- just like a note that you carried around forever and put in a frame.

Ready for a tutorial?? :)

You will need:
• Frame – mine is a 5 x 7  – from the Dollar Store – woohoo!
• Fabric – white – 8 1/2 x 11 piece
• Thread for paper lines – I used Gray and a Dark Pink
• Dark Gray embroidery Thread
• Extra fabric, buttons and trim for decorating frame (optional)

Begin by tracing a 5″ x 7″ rectangle onto the middle of your fabric piece with a fabric marker. You can use the insert from the frame for this.

Mark another line 1 1/4″ down from the top of the rectangle.

With your gray thread, sew a double line of stitching along this line. Sew a straight line in one direction, leave the needle in the fabric and flip it around, and sew back the other direction.

Mark lines down the rectangle 1/2″ below the sewn line and every 1/2″ after that.

Sew single lines of stitching on these lines. Feel free to extend the stitching past the 5 x 7 rectangle.
You can take a little shortcut with these – don’t clip your threads after every row. Just sew down one row, then rotate the fabric and sew down the next row, and on down the rectangle.

Trim all your threads – then switch to your dark pink or red thread.

Mark a line vertically down the fabric, 3/4″ from the left side of your original rectangle.
Sew a double line of stitching on this marked line.

Decide what you would like your note to say. You can either print out a cute font, or write it in your own handwriting. Either way, practice tracing it out on paper a few times, then write your note on the fabric with your marking pen.

Embroidery your letters using 3 strands of embroidery floss and a stem stitch. (You can find directions for that stitch in this post.)

Remove any marking and press the embroidery hoop lines out of the fabric.

If you liked the wrinkled paper look – crinkle up your fabric. Smash it up into a ball. :)

Put your fabric into your frame.

Decide that maybe you’re not too happy with this boring frame. Dress it up in true bloggy fashion. ;)

This frame had a groove around it that I thought would be perfect for ric rac. Because really, what isn’t??

I hot glued it on – with my handy dandy new fancy Christmas present Glue Gun – that I adore. (Thanks sweetie!)
It’s Smoking Hot. Literally.

I was seriously distracted watching this thing smoke. I’m going to assume it’s smoking because it’s new.

I also made a couple of fabric rosettes to add to the frame. There are a milllllllion tutorials out there for these – but I thought I’d include one since I’ve put them on the frame – and really, I think it might be a blog requirement written in secret code somewhere – along with uses of mod podge, burlap, and book pages. :)

Start with a strip of fabric about 1 1/2″ to 2″ wide. Make a small knot in one end.

Hold the knot in your left hand and with your right hand, begin twisting the strip and wrapping it around around the knot.

Continue wrapping and twisting, using your left hand to hold the rose in place  as you go.

Clip your fabric when you get the rose the size you want and tuck the end underneath.

Glue the rose to a felt circle slightly smaller than the rose. This will hold all the folds in place.

You can leave them as-is at this point – or you can dress them up a little. I added buttons to the center to tie in the gray in the stitching.

Glue the rosettes to the frame –

And you’re all finished!

What do you think? I love it. It makes me smile. ;)

Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day?

In addition to the fun parties on my sidebar – I’m linking up to the Valentine’s Edition of Tip Me Tuesday and the CSI Project!! :)
handmade projects Visit thecsiproject.com

116 Comments

  • Reply January 12, 2011

    Kayla

    GAHH! soo soo cute i really love this =)

  • Reply January 12, 2011

    Haddie

    What a wonderful Valentine’s Day idea!!!

    You are a treat to share your talent. Thank you so much I love XOXO day ;.)

  • Reply January 12, 2011

    maggie

    oh my goodness, I absolutely love this!! :) i’m thinking about turning it into a fabric card for my valentine :)

  • Reply January 12, 2011

    Jane Little

    Love this!!

  • love it! it takes me back to the days of note writing…

    If you have a moment, please link up to Creative Juice Thursday!
    http://momnivoresdilemma.blogspot.com/2011/01/creative-juice-thursday-7-freshly.html

    <3
    nicolette

    • January 12, 2011

      Alison

      Oh my dear!! You never cease to inspire me!! I don’t know how you have the patience for embroidery, but this project was truly worth it. This is ADORABLE!! Your own twist on a cute Valentine’s Day project–so sweet!

  • Reply January 13, 2011

    danielle

    you are fabulous! i love this!!

  • Reply January 13, 2011

    Adrienne

    This is totally adorable…..LOVE it! I definitely decorate for Valentines Day, it’s my fav holiday! Gives me an excuse to decorate the house with “love” themed items, and you know….possibly leave them up year round. :)

  • Reply January 13, 2011

    Condo Blues

    I love this idea. It’s so simple and sweet. I think I found my husband’s Valentine’s Day present!

  • Reply January 13, 2011

    Katie

    I love it, I didn’t realize at first that you stitched the “paper” that’s fabulous and I really like the extra steps you took to make it super cute…the rickrack border. Thank you for sharing this week at A Crafty Soiree.

  • Reply January 13, 2011

    somedaycrafts

    Bev, I absolutely adore this! It is so endearing. I will be featuring today at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.

  • Reply January 13, 2011

    Kara

    WOW! (as always!) This is lovely! And totally original! And….I love this movie :) Posting this on my fb :)

  • Reply January 13, 2011

    danielleisnesting

    I absolutly love this! I just found your site through Someday Crafts. I’m glad to be a new follower!

  • Reply January 13, 2011

    Rissa

    This is sooo cute! I love it – thanks so much for sharing!

  • I love this! How absolutely adorable is this?!?!?!?!?!!! I am posting this on my lil ole blog…love your creative juices! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply January 13, 2011

    Southern Fried Gal

    Super sweet project. I love all your special touches.

  • Reply January 13, 2011

    Kristi

    Oh, wow! This is sooo cute! I thought maybe you had some fabric that looked like notebook paper, but when I realized you’d made that too, it just made this whole project even better!

  • Reply January 13, 2011

    Allison M

    This is so stinkin’ adorable! I love it!!
    I shared this on my blog’s, A Glimpse Inside, FB page! http://www.facebook.com/AGlimpseInside

  • Reply January 13, 2011

    Kristi

    Stopping in again to invite you to link this up at Favorite Things Friday!!

    http://thespeckleddog.blogspot.com/2011/01/favorite-things-friday-no-7.html

  • Reply January 13, 2011

    Cheri

    This is adorable. I’m linking it up to my five finds friday tomorrow. Great work!

    Cheri

  • Reply January 13, 2011

    Heather

    I love this idea. I am going to get out my cross stitch supplies, that I have not touched in forever and see if I can make this.

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