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DIY Quilted Valentine Cards

  • Author: Marie Bostwick



Supplies to make one postcard

  • 5 cotton fabric strips, measuring 2×7 inches for background
  • 6x4 piece of light to medium weight cardstock
  • 5 x 4.5 piece of quilt batting
  • Fabric scraps for hearts or “fussy cut” fabric motifs for decoration
  • Scissors
  • Rotary Cutter, ruler, and cutting mat
  • Fabric or craft glue
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine with a zigzag or decorative stitches


  1. Using a quarter-inch seam, sew the five 2×7 inch strips, right sides of fabric together, on the long edges. The fished background piece will measure approximately 8×7. After sewing all the strips, press open the seams.
  2. Position the 4×6 cardstock on the background piece at something of a diagonal so the seams run at an angle. Using a rotary cutter and ruler, trim the background fabric a quarter inch larger than the cardstock around all edges. The background piece will measure 4.5 x 6.5 inches.
  3. Place a small amount of glue on the back side of the sewn and trimmed background. Place the glue side down onto the batting of the same size, matching the edges. Take the prepared piece to the sewing machine. Sew zigzag or decorative stitching along the front of all the angled seams, through all layers.
  4. Cut out heart shapes or fussy cut motifs (see post for details). Position on the front of the background, adhering each motif or heart with a dab of glue. Zigzag stitch around the raw edges of each element.
  5. Press the stitched postcard front with a hot iron and steam, so it will lay as flat as possible. Lay the cardstock on the fabric/batting and trim the edges they match the cardstock and measure 4×6 inches.
  6. Place a small amount of blue on the back side of the cardstock. Position the batting side of the sewn postcard onto the glue and push down so they stick together. Sewing through all layers – fabric, batting, and cardstock – sse an overcast zigzag or satin stitch to sew around all four edges of the postcard. (See post for tips). Clip threads.
  7. Your postcard is finished! (See post for mailing recommendations.)