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Swedish Fish Valentine Printables

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Happy Almost Valentines Day! I designed these cute and quick valentines for my son earlier this week and thought I’d share. I’ve seen other variations of this idea, but they tend to use candy fish that have been opened and repackaged in clear bags. Of course you can do that with this printable, or if your school requires original unopened packaging for food use the mini bags of Swedish fish like I did.

To get started, download the free printable here: Swedish Fish Valentine The file is a pdf that will open in a new web browser window and you can save or print it using the buttons in the lower right corner of the page.

1-print

Next, use the back of a butter knife to score along the dotted lines on the sides.

2-score

Then cut along the solid black lines.

3-cut

 

Fold along your score lines, then wrap the paper around the Swedish fish bag so the Swedish Fish logo is showing. Attach with clear packing tape.

 

4-tape

Have your child write the “To” and “From” and names and you’re done!

5-sign

 

 

Sweet Heart Mini Quilt

For Valentine’s Day I designed this little heart mini quilt. Size it up or down for a wall hanging, pillow cover, baby quilt or whatever you feel like!  To make a 20″ square finished quilt like the one above, you’ll need:

  • 10 3.5″ squares in various shades of reds and pinks (or non-traditional Valentine’s Day colors, whatever you feel like!)
  • 26 3.5″ squares for the background
  • 2 border strips 2.5″ wide x 18″ long
  • 2 border strips 2.5″ wide x 20″ long
  • 22″ square fabric for the back
  • 22″ square quilt batting for the middle
  • 90″ binding

My finished quilt is about 20″ square and all of my seam allowances are 1/4″. This is my first quilt, so in the instructions I’m including some things I learned along the way that experienced quilters will already know, but any other newbies out there might appreciate knowing!

First cut all of your squares on the diagonal so you’ll now have 20 triangles for the heart and 52 triangles for the background. I cut all of my triangles and 2.5″ strips using my Accuquilt Go! Baby with the 3″ Finished Triangle Die and 2.5″ Strip Cutter. With that, the cutting only takes about 10 minutes since it does multiple layers at a time!

Note: If you want to speed up this block, you can cut 22 3″ background squares and 4 3.5″ background squares. Cut only the 3.5″ squares in half into 8 triangles. Once it’s quilted, the background squares will blend together, so go with what is easier for you.

Play with arranging them until you’re happy with the look. Below you’ll see my layout and I also drew up a diagram to make it easier to see the angles.

Next, I chain pieced all of my triangles together to make squares. To chain piece, don’t cut your thread after sewing together each set of triangles. Just have the next set ready to go and keep feeding them through your machine until you have a long line. Then cut the thread in between each set and you’ll have saved both time and thread!

Also, to help with time and accuracy I used my 1/4″ seam allowance foot. It has a guide on the edge that the fabric runs along so every seam is exactly 1/4″.

After all of your triangles are sewn into 3″ squares, open them up and iron them flat. You’ll have something that looks like this. Last chance to make any final rearrangements!

Next, sew together each horizontal row of squares. Again, iron the seams flat (which I hadn’t done yet in this photo).

Then sew the horizontal rows together. Again, press the seams. If you don’t end up with a perfect square, trim the sides to square it up. Next, sew your shorter 2.5″ border strips to the left and right sides. Trim off any excess length. Then sew the longer 2.5″ strips to the top and bottom. Again, trim off any excess length.

Sandwich together your backing fabric, the quilt batting and the quilt top. Now you’re ready to quilt as desired! I went with straight lines inside the heart and around the border, with a free motion design in the background (the white/natural colored fabric area). To help with accuracy on the straight lines I used a border guide foot. Using that made it super easy to keep my lines perfectly spaced!

After the straight lines were done I planned out my free motion quilting. I made a template on the computer to sketch out different design ideas. Here are two of my ideas and I ended up using the one of the left. With this being my first free motion quilting attempt, the little loopy hearts on the right looked a little too daunting!

I cut out some heart and teardrop shapes and used a washable fabric marker to trace out my free motion design before stitching.

Here you can see the quilting on the back of the finished quilt! After the quilting is done, trim the edges and add the binding. I used the Cluck Cluck Sew Machine Binding Tutorial for mine.

And again, here’s the final product. Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Tutorial: LOVE Shirt

My sister visited this weekend and we decided to make her a shirt for Valentine’s Day based on the LOVE statue in Philadelphia. If you need more instruction, I’ll do a more detailed tutorial on how to make an applique later this week so this one will be a bit more brief.
First I ironed Wonder-Under (specifically Pellon 725 Heavy-Duty Wonder-Under Transfer Web) to the back of the fabric we chose. Then I traced the letters onto the fabric using a stencil we had created of each letter. You can download the PDF of the letters for personal use here. Then we cut out each letter, peeled off the Wonder-Under backing, positioned the letters onto the shirt then ironed them down. Then I did a zig zag stitch around each letter and project complete! We found the plain long-sleeved gray shirt at Target in the men’s section. They had a variety of colors and they had a few in the boys section if you need a smaller size.
Here’s a close up of the letters. We chose a navy quilting cotton for the L, V, and E. For the O we used a fabric with tiny forks, spoons and knives. My sister is loves to bake (she’s fabulous by the way) and she’s single so this shirt is subtly dedicated to food love.
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