Thursday, February 9, 2012

Valentine Card Keeper Tutorial & Giveaway

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Valentine Card Keeper for Simply Charmed Blog Hop
Today's my stop on Melissa's Simply Charmed Blog Hop!
I'm going to show you how to make a quilted fabric envelope to keep all those special Valentine's in. I have a drawer will all these odd shaped love notes from my kids, and this will be a great way to keep them safe and organized.
(The picture above shows the card keeper open and the one below is of it folded up and closed.)
Valentine Card Keeper for Simply Charmed Blog Hop
size: approx. 9" x 13.75"

Let's get started!
Here's the supplies that you'll need:
21 - 5" squares
15" of medium size rick rack
1/2 yard backing fabric
17" x 35" piece of batting
2 - 2.5" x 44" strips of fabric for binding
Card Keeper - step 1
First arrange your fabric squares in three rows with 7 squares in each row. The rick rack is going to be inserted in the second seam from the right, so you can place it there to get an idea of what it's going to look like.
Card Keeper - step 2
Start by sewing your first two columns together. Sew the third column together and then you're going to stitch the rick rack onto that column.
Card Keeper - step 3
Use a coordinating thread and your 1/4" piecing foot to keep the rick rack lined up with the edge of your column.
Card Keeper - step 4
Now, stitch your piece with the rick rack trim together with the block you first sewed together.
Card Keeper - step 5
Press and continue to sew the rest of the blocks together.
Card Keeper - step 6
Here I have all of the 21 squares sewn together.
Card Keeper - step 7
Now, we're going to get the piece ready for quilting. Lay your backing fabric out (right side down) and pin or tape to the surface you're using. Layer with the batting and the patchwork top you just made.
Card Keeper - step 8
I like to pin baste my quilts, but you can also spray baste or use whatever method you like.
Card Keeper - step 9
I've been wanting to try some different quilting designs and this project was nice and small to be able to try something new. I thought of a "chained heart" design. I just quilted two chains of the hearts in each column.
Card Keeper - step 10
Some hearts are big and some are small and some are a little more wonky than others, but it was fun to try a different quilting design.
Card Keeper - step 11
Once you are finished quilting, you can trim the piece up to about 13.75" x 31.25". Then grab the fabric strips you are using for binding. I'm using some extra binding left over from a quilt. Prepare your 2.5" strips by folding them in half lengthwise and pressing them with the iron (just like a normal quilt binding).
Card Keeper - step 12
Attach the binding to the inside pocket edges from the back and wrapping it around to the front.
Card Keeper - step 13
I top stitched the binding from the front to finish off each edge.
Card Keeper - step 14
Fold the ends toward the center, measuring them about 6.5" with your ruler.
Card Keeper - step 15
Pin the folded edges.
Card Keeper - step 16
Stitch close to the edge along the top and bottom of the piece. This will help hold everything in place when attaching the binding to those edges.
Card Keeper - step 17
Use the remaining binding and attach it to the top and bottom edges.
Card Keeper - step 18
I chose to hand stitch these portions of the binding closed and the picture above shows how to cover the edge. Fold the short edge in (about 1/2") and fold the fabric down in, to create a angled corner. Then fold the binding around the raw edges, encasing the corner and hand stitch it on.
Card Keeper - step 19
And, that's it! Now you have a great place to keep all your favorite Valentines.
Valentine Card Keeper for Simply Charmed Blog Hop
I hope you enjoy making one of these. I think they could be made in many different sizes and styles to suit your taste!

Thank you so much to The Intrepid Thread for sponsoring the giveaway for my stop on the tour!

Please leave a comment on this post to be entered to win a $25.00 gift certificate to The Intrepid Thread and tell me something that you like or don't like about Valentine's Day!
I'll choose a winner by random number on February 15, so you have lots of time to enter.

Here's the other stops on the tour:
February 1 - Melissa from Happy Quilting
February 2 - Heather from Quilt Story
February 3 - Melissa from Lilac Lane
February 6 - Angela from Cut to Pieces
February 7 - Amy from Diary of a Quilter
February 8 - Natalia from Piece N Quilt
February 9 - Jessica from Twin Fibers
February 10 - Katie from Swim, Bike, Quilt
February 11 - Jane from Want It, Need It, Quilt
February 13 - Corey from Little Miss Shabby

February 14 - Happy Valentines Day and the Grand Prize Winner Announcement!!
{{Also, don't forget to enter the Grand Prize Giveaway that Melissa is hosting!}}


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Lisa C said...

Thank you for the tutorial and the chance to win from a great fabric store. Love Julie! I enjoy seeing everyone's faces as they receive flowers, candy, music, and things from their special someone.

Lee Ann L. said...

This is a cool project! We don't do much for Valentine's day as we feel everyday should be Valentine's day. :-)

I did take my husband to a cool Magic Palace place in Houston back in the days we were dating.

Sonya said...

I don't like the pressure to do something exceptional on Valentine's Day. It's become very commercial! Shouldn't we treat our loved ones like they're special EVERY day? I do enjoy going to a nice restaurant with my husband, though!

pinsandneedles said...

We really don't do much for Valentine's Day since our anniversary is the week before. I do have something small for my girls and of coarse, some chocolate. Thanks for the tutorial. great idea!

Jayme said...

I love the thought of being able to just focus on the love of your life. Our days, weeks, months, get mashed together and so busy that we forget to take time to spend with each other, kid free, stress free, life free. Even our anniversary gets looked over most of the time. But for valentines day, everyone stops to be with their loved one.

Laura said...

That is so, so cute. Thanks for the great instructions in your tutorial.

Sewcando said...

Great instructions. Thanks for the giveaway.

midnight hysteria said...

i'm not so *up* on valentine's day ... i want my hubbs to court me (and i him) daily, not just a day set aside for *love* .... it's too commercialized and there is so much pressure to be loved (for women, especially) and for men to *give* ... love the card holder, pinned it and added it can be used for other than valentines by using different prints .... love the giveaway, though! ... darlene

2lovebirds said...

I love this tutorial! Thank you for all your great ideas!!!

Maria Kievit said...

Thanks for the tutorial on the Valentine card keeper. And thanks for the giveaway.

Queen City Arts said...

Love this little idea! Could also be a book or bible cover!

MG said...

My favorite part of V. Day is chocolate. :-)

Jacey said...

Your card holder is so cute! It's such a sweet keepsake.

As for Valentine's Day, I don't really have any strong feelings about it one way or another, but I did LOVE Valentine's day as a kid. I got so excited about trading cards and candy with classmates!

Kelly Smith said...

I am not a Valentine's type of gal. It has become too much of a commercialized holiday. I would rather get a hand written note from my hubby than any card, although a few yards of fabric would do too.

Melissa said...

I love chocolate covered strawberries! :)

Karen said...

I love that I get to go out with my hubby for a special dinner!

free indeed said...

Love the sentiment of V-Day, but don't like feeling obligated to show it....if it's done all year, you don't need a special day.

Donna Baker said...

very cute! I don't like that it's so commercialized!

Lisa C in GA. said...

I like putting together little surprises for my 6 children. One of my sons lives in another state, and I still send a package of stuff for him. In the beginning I included stuff for his roommates. Now I include things for his girlfriend, lol

roccagal said...

This would make a great gift-thanks for the pattern!

Debra said...

I will have to go rummage any cards my little treasures have made me for this or make it simply a card/note keeper...its so sweet..thank you for the giveaway

Mhairi said...

I am not a huge valentine fan but I love this pattern. I think I might make it a bit bigger and use it to hold nappies and wipes for my sisters new baby.
Great tutorial, thanks for sharing.

ivyworis said...

vallentine's day is not all about red roses and chocolate. i like this special day becauce i can celebrate it with my family. thanks.

Janet said...

I hate all the is soooo tempting!

hueisei said...

Thanks for the tutorials.. I loves Valentine because I get a present again..

SisterlyLove said...

What a great idea! You could keep love letters in it too. :)

I love Conversations Hearts. I don't like the ones that say text me or i.m. me. STUPID. What happened to Be Mine? Or, I love you? :)

Thank you for the tutorial!

Noela said...

I love spending time with my hubby on Valentines Day. Thanks for the tutorial and chance to win your give-away.

Jeanne Gwin said...

I love Valentine's Day simply because there are always some romantic news happenings and it seems that "love" is really in the air that day. Thanks to you and Julie of Intrepid Thread for a nice giveaway.

trudys_person said...

Cute project! I love Valentines, but we usually keep it low-key ... maybe a special dinner or dessert treat at home, and chocolates ... I feel bad for the single people who don't get a treat ...

Dianne Neale said...

We just go out for a meal and to the theatre or cinema. Lovely idea, could be used for lots of things.

Angie Stevens said...

What I like (and don't like) about valentine's is how many kids are born around Halloween 9 months later. Valentine's brings couples together, but why aren't they this close all year long?

CathyH said...

The only thing I DON'T like about Valentine's Day is that it only happens once a year!

Sallie said...

I like Valentine's Day, but I don't like the long waits at the restaurants, so we usually go out a different day. Happy Valentine's Day! Thanks for the giveaway!

Amy said...

This is a great idea - I'm going to try making one for my sister who has kids. I used to like Valentine's Day - but now I just like the selection of chocolate available!!

nlcalendar said...

Enjoyed your tutorial. Well done. I love chocolate, so Valentine's Day is always a reason to pig out on it.

quilary said...

I don't like how much pressure young girls can be under if they don't get cards or flowers on valentines day.

Joy said...

I actually like Valentines Day - my husband always gives me the sweetest cards! And, of course, there's lots of guilt-free chocolate!

Lindsay said...

What I don't like about Valentine's Day is all the cheesy ads that jewelry stores put out this time of year. I do however love all the pink and red decorations everywhere and all the candy!

Beth said...

So very cute! Love the rick rack - I love rick rack.

quiltmom said...

I love the hearts and flowers that go with Valentine's day. My husband often buys flowers for the house- just to brighten our house.
Thanks for the chance to win such a nice prize..
Regards from Western Canada,

Moira said...

Thanks for the tutorial - I can see using this as the basis for a lot of different gifts.

Miss Beau Jangles said...

Lovely tutorial, I am loving this blog hop, so many things I want to make. I like that there are inevitably cake sales and the like in the run up to valentine's...any excuse! Going to go and join as a follower now.

gmp said...

Great tutorial! I guess any holiday that promotes chocolate can't be all bad!! No Valentine of my own, so it is not a special day to me. But, I guess I can buy myself some chocolate!

Valerie said...

Well, I like that my hubby and I don't really put a lot of pressure on each other for gifts on valentines day, but its a great excuse to order sushi!

Mrs.Hearts said...

I like eating heart-shaped pizza on Valentine's Day!

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Jennifer said...

I LOVE would be the perfect place to save all of the Valentine's Day cards I get from my students.

Carla G said...

I dislike that the prices are always higher on Valentine's. Wait a day and everything is cheaper. So hubby and I have decided that we can go out to dinner on any other day... :)

Dreamingof03 - Heather said...

I don;t typically celebrate but for the past two years I have with my hubby. I love the reminder to show people love, although I feel you should everyday.

I hate the commercials that make guys feel terrible if they don;t get a gift, and a way too expensive and elaborate gift at that. Like if they don;t buy something, they are unworthy of love. I hate that pressure being put on so many people.

But to balance that out, it does make it easier on some to open up the love communications ^^

harleywife57 said...

I LOVE this ! I'm going to make one for my purse to keep 'papers' in 1 place !! thanks ! I think V day is way way overrated and makes people think they have to spend a lot of money to make their 'love' love them . My husband usually gets me flowers the day after Vday ; when they are on clearance !!

Linda V said...

I dislike how commercialized this holiday is, as with most holidays. I do like taking a day to say and show an extra, "I love you" to hubby, though. Thanks for the giveaway chance

Jen said...

What do I love about Valentine's day? Why, the chocolate of course! Thanks so much for the chance to win - and for sharing your talents! I LOVE that valentine keeper project!

Needled Mom said...

Great idea!!! Thanks for the cute tutorial.

Jo Thiessen said...

I love the rick rack you used!

Well, I don't like the commercialism of holidays, but do like that people remember to show their love at least once a year! haha.
We (my girls and I) love to make it a special day when Daddy is home. If he's not, we make it special for ourselves and my folks and neighbors. Don't ever forget your lonely neighbors... they like Valentines cards too!

The Hungry Crafter said...

Great project -- I'd like to make one to organize some of my sewing patterns! I'm not the biggest Valentine's Day fan, myself...but I sure like the chocolate! :)

One Sassy Quilter said...

I love that my husband gets me tulips every valentines day!

Lori said...

I love this keeper it can be used for so many things and differnt colors.
My favorite part of vanlentines day is the sharing that goes on between everyone
Lori Smanski

Ramona said...

I love celebrating friendship on Valentine's Day. I don't like it being overcommercialized.

Mermaid Sweets said...

I don't like feeling left out for not getting flowers at work, even though I tell my hubby not to get them since they are ridiculously priced, maybe one year he will just not listen to me, lol!

Potpourri said...

I like the Valentines Day concept I hate the commercialization of it. Thanks for the Card Keeper it is a great idea.

Lisa said...

I love to have a day to tangibly remember to show love! Thanks for the giveaway!

Renee said...

My favorite thing about Valentine's Day? My children's excitement. They love making cards for us, and they get super excited when Daddy brings home flowers for me.

Ginny said...

I love the chocolate,and all the pink and red! Thanks for the chance. LOVE your Trip around the World quilt :)

Char said...

I don't like $10.00 cards. I love those little valentines we gave out when I was a kid.

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