I was enjoying looking at all the lovely Valentine banners that a lot of the bloggers were making, and I thought I should try that- I could do it- but I don't have time. We have company coming! Then I thought- yes, we have company coming, and the banner that is up is Dad's Father's Day banner/card. And we are hosting a Valentine Party on Monday night. I decided that I needed to make time for this- don't you agree?!
So, this banner is Dad's Valentine card & gift! =)
I cut some light cardboard (the thin kind that comes in packaging, you could use card-stock), a little larger than the doily, held it carefully, and sewed it down- all the way around. (Lessen the pressure on the presser foot, and use a larger stitch length, because the needle perforates the cardboard & paper.) My best results - I started with the lower half of the heart shape. Then you can trim the cardboard to fit the doily. =) (I had a bubble in each doily)
Print some cute Valentines (I got mine from FPTFY: here), and glue them on to colored paper, cut them out, and slip them somewhere they will be really flat to dry. I then cut a few hearts from glittery card-stock from Jo-Ann Craft Store, arranged the elements, and took photos of them to reference later, knocked off the hearts, and very carefully carried the card & heart to the sewing machine...
Both times, when I got done, I turned it over, and pulled the top thread to the back, and tied it off.
I was in a quandary as to how to attach the glitter hearts- I always have trouble getting tape and glue-sticks & school glues to stick to doilies, so I gave hot glue a try. It worked well- I used a ton (not on the edges), to make them stand out a bit, but then I forgot, and stuck them down pretty hard! Oh, well! =)
I laid the hearts on the old banner, to make sure that my spacing was correct- it was- my only "problem" was that I cut my Jute twine 1" short. Hmmm...oh, well- it just won't look as good! I put a ton of hot glue down to hold the heavy hearts securely, and I stuck a scrap of the light cardboard on top, just to contain it all. Not pretty, just practical!
Hung at last! (I knotted the end of the twine and thumb-tacked it to the wall behind the photo frame, and tied the other end around the light fixture.)
~I hope that he liked it~
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