Use liquid stabilizer to transform scrap fabric into unconventional and eco-friendly DIY cloth cards for friends and family with this easy Valentine tutorial!
Looking for new ways to add texture to your card making this Valentine’s Day? This new twist on the traditional handmade paper Valentine is sure to leave your loved ones speechless! The magic ingredient: lovely, fun, or funky scrap fabric, specially treated to be cut, glued, and shaped with ease. Just grab some Terial Magic water soluble stabilizer for fabric and your most tantalizing textiles, and let the inspiration flow!
About 2 sq. ft. of fun fabric scraps (cotton or other natural materials recommended)
Terial Magic Fabric Stabilizer
Clear-drying, multi-purpose glue
Blank paper card
Envelope (should fit card)
Markers / paints for decorating (optional)
For this project, we combined two graphic textiles to create multiple variations of this clean, classic heart card cut out.
We simply selected some complementary cotton fabric swatches (organic fibers work best!), treated them with the fabric stabilizer, and cut and pasted them to a plain paper card–no fray, no fuss, and no sewing required! You can use your electronic and die cutters with your favorite scrap fabrics and make each one a piece of art!
Since we had some fabric leftover and was feeling extra inspired, we also constructed matching cloth envelopes to go with them! We just unfolded an appropriately-sized standard paper envelope and traced it onto Terial Magic-treated fabric.
Next, we cut the traced shape out of the stiffened fabric, folded and finger pressed it into shape. Finally, we glued the seams with a light layer of fabric glue, making sure to insert a scrap of paper between the front and back layers to keep the glue from seeping through the fabric and sealing the envelope shut.
You’re finished! Now you have a Valentine as special as your Valentine, inside and out. Have fun playing with different fabric patterns and shapes to use this technique to make wow-worthy cards for any occasion, from holiday cards to birthdays to wedding invitations. Want more inspiration? Follow us on social media or subscribe to our newsletter for more nifty project ideas. Happy crafting, you Terial Magician.