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DIY Valentine’s Day Cards with Fabric Scraps

Feb 11, 2015

The hooligans and I have been having so much fun making Valentine’s crafts this week. As usual, we’re using things we already have around the house because we’re big into recycling and repurposing, and using materials that we already have on hand.

Most recently, we made these fabric scrap Valentine’s cards using strips of cotton left over from the baby quilts that I make. I have a hard time parting with my leftover fabric because I know it will always come in handy in my daycare at craft time. We started by rummaging through my big bin of fabric. That was an activity in itself.

The hooligans sifted through all of the colours and patterns, making a pile of their favourites. When they were satisfied that they’d found every piece that they wanted to use, we began.

To make our fabric strip Valentine’s cards, you’ll need:

  • colourful cottons
  • 2 pieces of 8 x 11 white card stock
  • scissors (or a rotary cutter and mat)
  • glue
  • paintbrush and small bowl for the glue (optional)

If your fabric is rather rumpled and wrinkled, like mine was, give it a quick press with your iron. Then, cut your fabric into 1/2 inch strips. I used a rotary cutter and mat so I could slice through several layers of fabric at once, but sharp sewing scissors will get the job done.

Next, you’ll fold one piece of card stock in half. This will be your actual card. Have your child glue strips of fabric across the front of the card from top to bottom.

While your child is busy gluing, take that second piece of card stock and cut it in half width-wise so it’s exactly the same size as the front of the folded card that your child is working on. This will be your overlay.

Cut a large heart out of the center of your overlay. There’s no need for this heart to be perfect, so don’t fold your overlay to get a perfectly symmetrical heart. You don’t want creases in the paper.

When all of the fabric strips have been glued in place, have your child apply a layer of glue to the back of the overlay. When I’m working with kids who find a glue bottle very difficult to squeeze, I pour a bit of glue into a small pot for them. That way they can brush the glue on to their project.

Finish by placing your overlay over the fabric strips, lining up the edges with the card underneath. Cut away any fabric strips that overhang the edge of the card.

Now all that’s left is for your child to write a message or draw a picture on the inside of the card.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Article Author Jackie Currie
Jackie Currie

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Jackie Currie is a mother, daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind the blog Happy Hooligans. A self-proclaimed glitterphobe, she specializes in easy, affordable arts & crafts and good, old-fashioned play.

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