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. And a printed message on the inside. Materials Used:
Five cotton quilting fabrics with Valentine prints
Steam-A-Seam 2 fusible web
Cardstock: White, pink, dark chocolate brown
Sheer Mesh cut away stabilizer
Various Embroidery threads for decorative stitching
Aleen’s Okay To Wash-It Adhesive
Machine: 15″ KNK Maxx Air
Force: Fabrics – 70, Cardstocks – 50 – 75, Vinyl – 13
Speed: 80 – 100
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. Decorative stitches were selected and sewn over the “seams” in the patchwork heart. 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. Fabric-Tac was used to glue the fabric edge to the backing heart as the fabric was folded to the back. 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!