"I love you" Greeting Card DIY

Have you been wanting to step up your gift-giving love language lately? Have you been wanting to tell that crazy someone you're dating those three.big.words? Have you been needing something to do with your hands while you watch Netflix on Friday nights? I have the perfect DIY for you.  

It's almost impossible for me not to work on something when Brett and I sit down to watch our shows these days. Current Shows Tangent: Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow--- y'all, I promise you by the windy gusts of Lubbock, Texas, if I wasn't married to Brett I never would have gotten into any of these super hero shows, but now I'm hooked and sweating out the suspense of each swooshing cape and sucker punch every week. 

Watching and Project-ing (hmm, that just doesn't sound right does it? The flu has been going around Lubbock so, I guess it could work) has been really great, because I have a lot of Pinterest-pinned DIY projects that lend themselves to simple prep with a SUPER mundane 1-3 hour making process--- the perfect amount of time to watch our shows and complete those Pinterest projects I've been putting off for so long.

And let's be real, you know you pin things and think to yourself, I'll make that this weekend when I have time, but then you don't because you didn't prep or you just ended up watching Netflix--- YOU CAN DO BOTH HALLELUJAH!

What you'll need:

(I'm betting you or one of your roommates already owns most of these things!)

  • 1 White or colored piece of paper (I recommend a heavy cardstock because it won't wear and tear as easily as thinner paper when you're sewing on it)
  • a pencil
  • A simple sewing needle (I use a larger needle; it's easier to control and punch through the paper)
  • Sewing thread- whatever color you want! The thicker the thread the easier!

Step 1: Size Up your Greeting Card

I decided I wanted to make my cardstock a circular shape so I outlined a circle on my paper then cut it out. Who says greetings cards have to be a basic 5x7? 

Step 2: Write your message

Write in pencil "I love you" (or any other short phrase you think would be fun!) on your cardstock. Make sure it's centered. If this is your first time to sew letters, it might be easier to make most of your letters straight rather than loopy. But don't be afraid to take a risk and make your letters look big and loopy. The bigger the letter the easier it is to sew, so make sure those letters are large and spread apart. 

Step 3: Poke some Holes

For all you perfectionists out there--- this project doesn't have to be perfect. In the picture above, you can definitely see that the thread doesn't line up perfectly with your pencil lines and the holes you poked are visible. And that's okay. It adds some edginess to the cuteness of your card! Once you have your "I love you" written exactly the way you want it to look, go ahead and thread your needle. Make a large knot with your thread so it doesn't pop through the whole you're about to poke through your paper. If you're using a large needle, your thread will get rebellious and try to pop through. I start sewing from the back and poke the paper gently to see where  the tip of the needle lines up with the first letter of the first word. If you look closely you can see the tip of the needle make a dent in the paper from behind, that way you can feel from behind if you're poking through at the right place. You can also hold your paper up to the TV light and see the needle behind it. 

Step 4: Sew the letters

It's up to you how often you want to poke a hole. If a letter is really loopy, I tend to make more holes with my thread so the letter doesn't come out too boxy. Sometimes I even poke all the holes I think I'll want in the letter first, then I sew it all together. I start poking and sewing from the top of the first word and move from top to botton, from left to write. 

Thread has a mind of it's own sometimes and it really doesnt' like to make curvy lines, so the more holes you poke the better. If you poke a lot of holes and you feel like a letter looks really holy (haha), double over each hole with your thread. I make sure to sew at least 3-4 layers of thread over each letter, layering each differently so all the holes get covered up. You can either outline the letters or you can fill them in by cross stitching. I decided to fill my letters in, and I really love how it turned out. If you run low on thread, tie off the end you have, re-thread your needle and start right where you left off! 

Step 5: Give it away, or not

When you're finished the back of your greeting card will look crazy, and the front will look like pretty colored thread made a baby with calligraphy. You can leave it as is, or you can glue it/double side tape it to another piece of cardstock to cover up the craziness of the back. And if you get attached to it while you make it and end up not wanting to part with it, it makes a pretty great wall hanging. Pretty cool, huh? 

I'm sure this would have been a great DIY project for Valentine's Day, but I'm somewhat hard headed when it comes to V-day. I'm one of those "You should show your significant other love every day" girls. I get really frustrated with the high expectations spouses or partners can sometimes feel entitled to have of their significant other on Valentine's Day, so I purposefully waited to post this project a few days later. Maybe you'll make a few of these this weekend while you catch up on Downton Abbey then wait a few weeks to randomly stash one in your best friend's mailbox or slide one under your husband's pillow. I wonder if it might be even sweeter for them to be reminded they are loved on a day when nothing is fancy and real life is in full swing. 

Stacie Stine

Design Jamboree, Denton, Texas, United States