The Love ‘Em and Leaf ‘Em Valentine

I picked up a $3.99 bunch of greenery in my supermarket and stitched love into the leaves.

To make this work you will need a thick leaf – a thin leaf won't do. The leaves I purchased were a standard filler foliage that is commonly used in arrangements.

Using a pen, gently draw out your design on the leaf. I used red embroidery thread and a back stitch. I found that holding the leaf up to the window backlit it and allowed me to see where to pierce the leaf from the back.

Keep your embroidered branch of leaves in a vase of water and it will do great. Also, you could preserve it by pressing the branch in a book.


  1. Alexis  January 29, 2011

    LOVE it, great idea!

    • camilla  January 29, 2011

      Thanks Alexis!

  2. Molly  January 29, 2011

    What an ingenious idea, it’s so fun to see greenery and embroidery thread together! I love all your sewing projects, it makes a beginner like me not so afraid of them 🙂

    • camilla  January 29, 2011

      Molly – That is so great to hear! Just start with the basic stitches and you won’t be able to stop yourself from moving on from there. 🙂 have a great weekend, Camilla

  3. Jess  February 1, 2011

    Fabulous idea! Love to see embroidery in non-traditional places.

  4. sarita  February 2, 2011

    Love, Love, Love great idea. I post im my blog

    • camilla  February 2, 2011

      Thank you Sarita! Love your site! Camilla

  5. Lucie  February 3, 2011

    Very clever!

  6. Lisa  February 4, 2011

    What a unique idea. Love it!

  7. Reut  February 15, 2011

    It’s really beautiful and unique! I love your ideas and your work!

  8. Kelly  February 15, 2011

    So clever and ingenious! Must remember to try

  9. Jennifer Perkins  February 17, 2011

    This is such a super duper cute idea! I keep dreaming of doing something crafty with the slew of cactus paddles I have in my yard (sans pokers) maybe with a larger needle and thread I could embroider something on them. Actually might have to use a Dremel and drill holes first. I digress, thanks for the inspiration.

  10. Peaches  March 17, 2011

    Are you effin kidding me? These are AMAZING. What a gorgeous idea. Would love to document them as they eventually fade over time.

    • camilla  March 17, 2011

      Thanks! They are still looking fresh – I was thinking of posting a photo of them in their current condition to show my readers how well they have held up. I have them in a vase of water and they look as good as the first day. I was going to press and frame them, but I can’t seem to part with the way they look right now 🙂 Thanks for the comment! C