At 11:30pm on Valentine’s Day, I realized I hadn’t sent along two little VDay gifts to Sam and Aaron – oops! But I was suddenly inspired, after spending the evening cooking and blogging about pink hearts made of ham to get creative and go make little fabric Valentine tags to attach to the gifts.
So I headed upstairs after everyone else, but they knew I wasn’t going to bed THAT early ;) I’m such a night owl. I picked out some pink and red fabric from my stash, grabbed a couple bottles of paint and a brush, and all of the “etc.” to go along with my vision and got to work. I ended up with 2 little heart-shaped tags I’m very tickled by!!
I knew right then that I wanted to make more so I didn’t bother cleaning up (ha – right, that’s the reason.) I did know that I wanted to write about it here, and since I didn’t take pictures that meant making more. Therefore it made sense to leave it all out, right?
|I *heart* getting Crafty!|
|Supplies -- see list below.|
|Dip opposite corners of stiff flat-edge brush|
into light and dark paint, using less of the dark shade
|Blend paint into brush with plenty of water|
|Use long parallel strokes, barely touching the fabric with an almost dry brush |
to accent the fabric strip you will write sentiments onto.
I have gone back and "kissed" (or dabbed) some color for an interesting look.
|My trials with the pens, in order. |
The first TWO are the Micron Brush tip that I really liked.
|The pens I tried. I ended up using |
Micron Brush in Sepia and
Zig Writer (narrow end) in a rosy purplish color.
|Mark the freezer paper to show the space needed for one heart. |
(see the pink hash marks along the edge?)
Place any embellishments your words need to fit with
and then practice writing in that size of area.
|Cut banner strip larger than final size, peel it off the freezer paper, position and pin, then sew it down just inside the frayed edge|
|Use pinking shears to trim edges of banner to match heart, |
or trim them however you want! The first two I did are
trimmed at a slant, mostly longer than needed.
|Stack the front on top of the batting and backing fabric layers.|
Pin with pin-points going COUNTER-CLOCKWISE
|Click to ENLARGE :) So you can see |
paint, marker, and tape detail.
Taping buttons down and zigzagging them on saves so much time and hassle!!
"Magic tape" used for gift wrapping tears
cleanly away when you are done.
Tape down the hanger and stitch it like the button.
For elastic cord, knot it first, tape and stitch it down
at the base of inner point -- don't stitch through the cord!
Remove the tape, then slide the
cord up until the knot reaches the stitches.
|The finished fabric heart tags! ~not the best picture, but it enlarges if you click it for detail.|