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Hand-Stitched Valentines

Softly hued hearts and delicate stitches give this card its romantic appeal.




  • Construction paper in shades of pink, red, white, and cream
  • Waxed twine
  • Microhole punch (optional)
  • Scissors
  • 1 1/2-inch heart craft punch (optional)
  • Pencil
  • Embroidery needle
  • Double-sided tape


  1. Step 1

    Fold a piece of construction paper into a card (our card is a 5 1/2-inch square), or use a blank pre-made card. Using scissors or a heart craft punch, cut six same-size, 1 1/2-inch-tall heart shapes from construction paper in different colors (if using scissors, use one heart as a template to trace the remaining five). Fold hearts in half lengthwise, creating creases down their centers.

  2. Step 2

    Cut two 2-by-4 1/2-inch paper rectangles. Use a small piece of double-sided tape to affix each rectangle horizontally to the front of the card (as shown). Make two pencil marks on each heart's center crease, 1/2 inch apart; use a microhole punch or an embroidery needle to make a hole at each mark.

  3. Step 3

    Affix three hearts to each rectangle on the card, overlapping the hearts slightly (as shown). Poke the needle through the holes in each heart and through the front of the card. Cut a 3 1/2-inch length of waxed twine, and thread it through the holes of one heart so that a single stitch shows on the outside and the loose ends are inside. Pull loose ends of twine until the stitch is taut, and tie in a knot. Trim ends. Repeat with remaining hearts.



Reviews (21)

  • modmazel 9 Feb, 2012

    Wonderful work thanks a lot.

  • modmazel 9 Feb, 2012

    Wonderful work thanks a lot.

  • heidibell 18 Jan, 2011

    I made these cards last year for Valentine's Day. They were fun to do and turned out really cute.

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  • beckj28 9 Jan, 2009

    I agree! The pictures are to small. To compensate I have to use my zoom button a lot and lose some of the detail that way. It would be great to be able to click on the picture and enlarge it.

  • bjhinokcok 6 Sep, 2008

    I so wish we could ZOOM IN on the photos on Marthas website.....I hope someone from the website team reads this. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.....

  • beaglesrule 28 Aug, 2008

    I made one of these for my father last Valentine's Day using masculine colors...browns, burgandies, muted dark pink, etc. Really EASY.

  • SusieGallo 14 Feb, 2008

    to take this card to the next level I added a piece of ribbon on the front right side and double layered the hearts.......just love the samples and great to make

  • twsvensson 13 Feb, 2008

    Quick, cute, and there's nothing better than something that's made by hand. My son

  • ladybugjan 12 Feb, 2008

    After I use my machine for sewing paper crafts I get a fine grade of black sand paper and sew about a 4-5 inch strip to resharpen my needle. I have been doing this, long before scrapbooking ever came to main stream. About 35 years!

  • homeecdhscomkalicia 11 Feb, 2008

    I used this one in Family and consumer Science classes! It worked out great and killed two birds with one stone! Community service project for the local nursing home and learning a simple stich.

  • etches 9 Feb, 2008

    Use your old needles if you want. And a longer stitch will work fine. I would use embroidery floss though and do it by hand.

  • vmostuart 8 Feb, 2008

    you should never put paper in a sewing machine, it will ruin your needle

  • indy-quilter 7 Feb, 2008

    great idea...they could be just tacked with bastin adhesive so you are not chasing them...bully for you

  • GlendaW 7 Feb, 2008

    Can anyone think of a reason you couldn't stitch these with a machine using longer stitches?

  • knittingcontessa 7 Feb, 2008

    I used this as a springboard to make a wedding card----- the cut outs are hearts around a cute little wedding cake----- vellum in the middle and a ribbon to secure the layers. I glittered parts of the cake as well.

  • SmilynStef 27 Jan, 2008

    I was inspired by this card to try a similar design with staples ... love it.

  • dkbayes 26 Jan, 2008

    I used this idea for a shower invitation. The theme was butterflies and it was for a baby girl . So I used soft lilac cardstock and cut out three white butterflies. I stitched them onto the card with very thin pink ribbon tying the knot in front to make the head and leaving a quarter inch for the little antlers. They turned out so cute.

  • animallover4ever 25 Jan, 2008

    Its a nice idea for cards, I do agree with pinkishnora about the glitters on the hearts. That would add to the design.

  • PinkishNona 23 Jan, 2008

    i think it will be nice with glitter paper or glitter stitches

  • PinkishNona 23 Jan, 2008

    i think it will be nice with glitter paper or glitter stitches