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Get Crafty this Valentines Day
Tartan Heart Card
When you want a Valentine's card that speaks from the heart, why not opt for making your own tartan heart card? This easy-to-make card, with a simple, yet stunning design, has the wow factor. It is also a great way to add a personal touch with some family tartan.
To make this card, all you need is a piece of A4 card. Choose white or black to make the colours in the tartan stand out more, or compliment them by matching the card to a colour in the tartan. You will also need a piece of tartan in your family clan or in the colour of your choice. Opt for our ready-cut fabric at 40% off: https://www.scotweb.co.uk/clearance?set_cat_id=137...
or choose your tartan here: https://www.scotweb.co.uk/products/tartan-fabric/
alternatively you can opt for a tartan swatch here: https://www.scotweb.co.uk/products/sample-tartan-s... however please note that we have no control over how large the swatch will be as we source them from various mills.
Finally you will need a piece of A4 paper to line the inside of the card. This can be in the same colour as the card for a uniform look, or opt for a contrasting colour to make your card pop.
1. Choose the design for the front of your card. Choose a simple heart shape or the initials of your loved one to make this process easier. Place the card face down on a work surface. Draw your design on the back of the card. When you are happy, cut around the design. You can start this off by using a hole punch to create a hole in the middle of your design. You can then use this hole to begin cutting the design out with scissors. Alternatively you can use a craft knife for a more intricate design.
*tip - make the design simple so that it is easier to cut out. If you make too intricate a pattern you might risk small parts of the design getting damaged*
2. Place your tartan face down on top of the card and cut it into a square or circle around your design, leaving about an inch of fabric spare so you can glue it down.
3. Glue around the outside of the design, being careful not to use too much glue. Stick the tartan shape over the back of the design and press down hard. Place something heavy like a book over your creation until the glue has dried. When you turn your card over the tartan should be showing through the cut out pattern.
4. Next, glue the entire back of the card, including the tartan patch, and stick the A4 paper over the back of the card to cover your tartan patch and the surrounding card. This is to line your card and hide the tartan patch on the inside of the card.
5. Now you can decorate the front of the card with a valentines message, or leave it blank for a simple look. Use gold and silver pens to add a touch of sparkle. Don't forget to sign it anonymously and send it to your loved one!
Tartan Ribbon Gift Wrap
There are a number of ways to jazz up your Valentines Day gift with a flash of tartan. If you don't want to go the whole hog, why not wrap your gift with tartan ribbon instead?
This one can be as difficult or as simple as you'd like! Choose from our selection of Tartan Ribbon and use it to make a simple bow when wrapping your valentines gift. Take a look at our various tartan ribbon products here: https://www.scotweb.co.uk/gifts-and-home/materials...
Alternatively you could choose to staple a small section of ribbon onto a gift bag with other trinkets like bows and buttons to dress it up. This will add a touch of heritage to your gift without being overwhelming.
If you are desperate for your family tartan, choose our hand fasting ribbons to dress your gifts in. They come in a pack of five and each are a meter long which is perfect for adding that tartan touch. Check out our hand fasting ribbons here: https://www.scotweb.co.uk/products/hand-fasting-ri...
Tartan Fabric Gift Bag
If you'd like to give your Valentines gift with a Scottish twist, why not opt for making a tartan gift bag? This gift bag can be scaled to the size of your choice and is perfect for holding jewellery and little trinkets. You can also scale the bag up to hold a wine bottle or other larger gifts, the limits are endless!
All you need is a piece of tartan fabric in the colour or Clan of your choice. Make sure that you measure the fabric next to the gift you wish to use it for. There should be at least twice the amount of fabric that the gift will take up, with an inch of space on the bottom, and 3 inches of space above the object.
Take a look at our tartan fabric here: https://www.scotweb.co.uk/products/tartan-fabric/
alternatively, you can opt for our ready-cut tartan fabric for 40% off: https://www.scotweb.co.uk/clearance?set_cat_id=137...
You might also want a piece of plain ribbon to finish the bag, as has been done with the one pictured. This can be in any colour you wish. Opt for a contrasting colour to brighten up the gift bag, or opt for a matching colour for a more sedate look.
Take a look at our selection of ribbon here: https://www.scotweb.co.uk/gifts-and-home/materials...
You will also need a needle, thread and a pair of scissors.
1. Start by laying the fabric flat on a work surface. Fold the fabric in half horizontally and pin along both sides to attach the two pieces of fabric to one another. The side of the fabric facing outwards will be the inside of the bag, so make sure you have folded the material over with the front of the bag facing in on itself.
2. Sew along both the left and right edges of the square, leaving the top open. When you have sewn the fabric to the top, there should be one edge that is not sewn. This is the top of your gift bag.
3. Once you are happy that you have sewn the material tightly together, turn the bag inside out so the seam is hidden on the inside.
4. Select your ribbon and attach it to the back of your bag at the top, where the neck of the bag will be. Make a small knot by sewing a small section of the ribbon to the back of the bag, leaving half of the ribbon on either side to tie around the neck of the bag.
5. Place your gift inside the bag and tie the ribbon around the neck of the bag to close it. Add a paper tag and address it to your valentine.
If you're feeling extra crafty and you want to try your hand at something a little different, why not opt for a tartan cushion? Your Valentine can display this touch of heritage in their home for years to come.
All you need is a piece of tartan fabric, double the size of the cushion you want to create: https://www.scotweb.co.uk/products/tartan-fabric/
You will also need a needle, thread and scissors.
1. Lay the fabric out flat and fold it in half. Cut out a square, or whatever shape you want and cut around the shape, holding the two pieces of fabric together to insure you cut the same shape on both pieces.
2. Pin the two pieces of fabric together and sew around all but one edge. This last edge is how you will open and close the cushion to add contents.
3. Next, turn the cushion inside out to hide the sewn seams. You can now opt to add a zip to this final edge to allow for you to add and remove the cushion's contents, or you could add a button or poppers instead. Alternatively, once the cushion is filled you could sew the remaining side up permanently.
4. At this stage you can decorate the cushion in any way you wish.Add other tartan patches or shapes, or accessories like buttons and bows to spruce it up.
5. Finally, fill your cushion with cotton wool or old garments and strips of fabric you don't need anymore, or take a look at our bags of oddments for a cheap way to filling: https://www.scotweb.co.uk/products/tartan-oddments...
Tartan Heart Decorations
If you like the idea of tartan cushions, but you want something a little smaller, why not make a tartan heart wall decoration? You can gift this to your valentine or use it to decorate your home on the 14th of February.
To make these small fabric hearts, you will need the fabric of your choice, cut into heart shapes.
Take a look at our tartan fabric here: https://www.scotweb.co.uk/products/tartan-fabric/
Alternatively, take a look at our ready-cut tartan fabric at 40% off here: https://www.scotweb.co.uk/clearance?set_cat_id=137...
1. Sew two fabric heart shapes together leaving a small edge open.
2. Turn the heart inside out and fill with cotton wool or fabric scraps until it's full.
3. Sew the final edge of the heart up and add embellishments like buttons to the center of the heart.
4. Add a piece of string or ribbon to the heart and hang it up in your home or give it to your loved one. Alternatively, you could attach a number of fabric hearts to a circle of wood, or wire, and create a valentines wreath.
Tartan Mug Warmer
If you're bored of hearts and just want to focus on the tartan, why not give this tartan mug warmer a try? This is the perfect gift for that coffee-lover who can show off their heritage and keep their mug warm at the same time.
All you need is a strip of fabric of your choice. You can chose from a piece of tatran fabric here: https://www.scotweb.co.uk/products/tartan-fabric/
Or check out our ready-cut fabrics for 40% off in our clearance section: https://www.scotweb.co.uk/clearance?set_cat_id=935
1. Cut a strip of fabric that measures just under two thirds of the cup height, by the circumference of the mug. This will ensure the warmer covers the mug all the way around. Make sure to leave a few centimeters on every side so you can hem the fabric to stop it fraying.
2. Sew a hem around the fabric.
3. Add a popper or button on one side of the warmer, making a button hole, or attaching the other part of the popper on the other side. This will be how you attach the warmer around the mug.
Tartan Shopper Bag
These tartan shopper bags are really simple to make, but are a lovely gift for a loved one. All you need is a piece of tartan fabric double the size you'd like the bag to be with a little extra for the strap.
Take a look at our tartan fabric here to choose your fabric: https://www.scotweb.co.uk/products/tartan-fabric/
Or take a look at our clearance section for 40% off: https://www.scotweb.co.uk/clearance?set_cat_id=935
1. Place your fabric flat on a work surface and cut a 2.5 inch strip from the fabric. Cut it into two pieces. You'll use these strips to make your handles so make sure they are as long or short as you require.
2. Take the rest of the fabric and fold it in half horizontally. The fold will form the bottom of your bag.
3. Sew the left and right edges of the rectangle, leaving the top open.Make sure to hem both edges of the top of the bag to keep them from fraying.
4. Take the strips of fabric you cut earlier and hem them to stop the fabric from fraying. Sew the ends of the strips on one side of the top of the bag and sew the other ends of the strips to the other side of the top of the bag.
5. Turn your creation inside out to hide all the seams.
6. Finish your bag with buttons and other decorations or leave it simple.
A tartan brooch is a lovely brooch to gift this Valentines Day. From bows to flowers, customise yours and really wow that special someone.
The most simple way to create the first brooch would be to create a tube of tartan fabric. Sew a flat piece of fabric together by folding it in half, keeping the ends open. Stuff the tube and curl it in a circle and sew up the ends so that you have a doughnut shape. Sew the center together and attach a button in the center to cover the stitching. Use a safety pin to attach the brooch to clothing.
The second brooch is a simple bow brooch. Choose your favourite tartan and cut a strip of it. Make sure there is enough to make it into a bow with a little extra so you can shape the ends. Cut the ends of the fabric into a point. This will look nicer when the bow is finished. Next, sew all the way along the edges of the fabric with a colourful, thicker thread. This will hem the fabric and will add colour to the brooch. Next, tie the fabric in a bow, making sure it looks even. Turn the bow over and sew a small knot in the back of the bow, attaching all the layers together so that the knot stays permanent, then attach a safety pin to the back.
The final brooch is a Flower brooch and can be as simple or intricate as you would like. Simply cut petal shapes from your chosen fabric, making sure to keep them all the same size. As with the bow brooch, use a colourful and thicker thread to hem the edges of the petals. Lay them out in a flower arrangement, making sure to layer them so the flower feels more round in shape. Once you are happy with the arrangement, pin the petals together with a sewing pin and make a stitch through all the layers to fix them in place. Once you are happy they are secured together, take a button and sew it on the front of the brooch, to make the center of your flower. Lastly, attach a safety pin to the back of the brooch.
We hope you enjoy our Valentines Craft ideas! Whatever you are doing this Valentines Day, we hope you enjoy it! Happy Valentines Day from all of us here at Scotweb!