Patchwork Valentine

One of the many things that I enjoy about  my 15″ KNK Maxx Air and the KNK Studio and Make the Cut software is that I can use them in combination with my other hobbies.  For my post today, I combined some sewing techniques with the capabilities of the KNK cutter and software. I created a Valentine card with a fabric patchwork heart and vinyl lettering on the front. CardFront-Optimized And a printed message on the inside. CardInside-Optimized Materials Used:

Five cotton quilting fabrics with Valentine prints

Muslin fabric

Steam-A-Seam 2 fusible web

Cardstock:  White, pink, dark chocolate brown

1/4″ Double sided adhesive tape

Fabri-Tac adhesive

Battilizer batting

Sheer Mesh cut away stabilizer

Various Embroidery threads for decorative stitching

Aleen’s Okay To Wash-It Adhesive

Settings:

Machine:  15″ KNK Maxx Air

Blades:  Fabric and Red Cap (standard materials)

Force:  Fabrics – 70, Cardstocks – 50 – 75, Vinyl – 13

Speed: 80 – 100

Instructions:

I began by tracing a heart shape I like and sizing to the dimensions I wanted for my finished patchwork heart in KNK Studio.  I then used the Ginsu Knife function to cut the heart shape into 5 pieces.  A copy of the uncut heart shape was resized to a smaller heart for the “backing heart” and a larger heart for the “background heart” using the Transform/Outline function.

Before cutting the fabrics for the heart pieces, the fabrics were pressed and the Steam-A-Seam 2 fused to the wrong side of the fabric.  The second piece of protective paper was removed from the Steam-A-Seam 2 and the wrong side of the fabric brayered to a very sticky mat for cutting.  The outer pieces of the patchwork heart had been enlarged on the outer edge to provide additional fabric for wrapping to the back.

Once the heart pieces were cut, they were assembled into a heart shape and fused to a piece of muslin.  To prepare the heart for decorative stitching, the fused pieced heart was layered on top of the Battilizer batting and the Sheer Mesh cut away stabilizer placed on the bottom of the stack. PiecesForStitching-Optimized Decorative stitches were selected and sewn over the “seams” in the patchwork heart. DecorativeStitching-Optimized The “backing heart” (smaller solid heart) was cut from white cardstock.  The backing heart was centered on the wrong side of the pieced and stitched heart.  The outline of the backing heart was traced on the sheet mesh stabilizer.  Small scissors were used to trim the stabilizer and batting on the marked line.  It was necessary to remove some of the decorative stitching to be able to trim the stabilizer and batting.  The “Okay To Wash-It” adhesive was used on the bobbin threads of the decorative stitches just inside the marked line to keep them from unraveling when the stitches outside of the line were trimmed.  “Fabric-Tac” adhesive was used to glue the backing heart to the wrong side of the heart unit. ReadyForFolding-Optimized Fabric-Tac was used to glue the fabric edge to the backing heart as the fabric was folded to the back. FoldedAndGlued-Optimized FinishedHeart-Optimized A “background heart” (larger solid heart) was cut from the brown cardstock.  The background heart was centered behind the completed patchwork heart and attached using double sided tape.

The card shown at the beginning of this post was created by folding an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of pink cardstock in half to form a top fold card.  The assembled patchwork heart and background heart were attached to the left side of the front of the card with double sided tape.  The words “Your Love” were cut from brown vinyl and placed on the right side of the front of the card.  The message for the inside of the card was printed using Microsoft Word and attached to the fold on the inside of the card with Fabri-Tac adhesive.  The font used for the card is Hancock.

Use the links below to download files for creating this card.  Enjoy!

Patchwork Valentine Cut Files_JudyKay

4 thoughts on “Patchwork Valentine

  1. Very nice! I know what you mean about the versatility of these machines for a variety of projects. Thank you for the inspiration!

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