I'm Janimal, happily gainfully employed Momma to a sweet girl. Livin' it up in Atlanta with a great husband and a good job. Sometimes I make stuff and here's my spot to show it off! Life is good, so I'm sharing....

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


I just tried something new! Sewing on paper to make greeting cards!

I've seen this done on lots of blogs, and figured it was time to give it a go. Our niece is away at camp and we like to send her fun cards while she is there. Seemed like the perfect time to give card sewing a go.

Here are my first 3 attempts!

These weren't complicated to make. I took pictures to make a sort of tutorial but really if you have a sewing machine and some paper you could probably figure this out!

I started out with a piece of cardstock scrapbook paper. If I had premade cards, I would have used those but this is what I had on hand.

I folded it in half.

Then cut it in half, to make two cards.

Then I chose some coordinating fabrics for the front of the card. To make this personal for our niece, I embroidered her name on one of the fabric pieces first. If I hadn't done that, I probably would have chosen more fabric pieces to get more contrast and color on the card.

I used a glue stick to lightly tack the fabric to the card. This is certainly not a necessary step but it helped me with placing the three fabric pieces where I wanted them.

First I ran just a straight stitch around the card.

Then decided to haphazaradly sew a zig-zag stitch too.

I cleaned up the edges a bit with my scissors and the card is ready for mailing to camp!

That was fun, so I decided to make a few more cards. I had some groovy cars embroidered on some muslin waiting to be turned into something. I placed one on the other card I had cut, trimmed the fabric to fit on the card, then stitched it on using a contrasting thread and a zig zag stitch.

Here's a little closer look at the stitch.

Ooh, I liked it! So I made another one! (I snipped those loose threads AFTER taking the picture)

I am SO please with how these turned out. Now I have to figure out who to send them to. I think it might be nice to send these to my brothers. They're the kind of guys who would appreciate the little art of these cards.

Unfortunately, card #3 didn't turn out so well. I was excited about it. Decided to use some silver thread and more stitches for some extra pizzazz. But in my excitement, sewed through BOTH sides of the card. Silly Janimal!

I will definitely be sewing up more cards. I can see this being an addictive project and a wonderful way for me to show off some of the fabrics I love and use my embroidery machine. You can probably count on seeing more cards like these on this blog in the future! And if I know you in real life - you may get one!

Thanks for stopping by and happy creating!

- Janimal

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  1. I love the cars!!!!
    Blogger Award!! :D

  2. Love this! I don't have an embroidery machine :( but I think I might do the same sort of thing with cute fabric prints though!

  3. These are awesome! I especially love the car ones. For that third one, maybe you can cut around the fabric, and try again on a new card?

    Thank you for participating in the Creative Therapy Session with Life in the Pitts!

  4. Too cool!! I need to get out my embroidery machine and get to work :0)

  5. Oh how I want an embroidery machine! These look so cool. Great work.

  6. I will be taking on this project for the next bday party....so cute! Thanks for sharing at It's Party Time Thursday at PonyTails&FishScales!

  7. YOU ARE A FAVORITE THIS WEEK at It's Party Time Thursday @PonyTails&FishScales!


  8. these cards are so sweet! i loved the way you told your tutorial 'story' with kind of a twinkle in your eye... i liked that!

  9. Excellent! I love the entire concept of personalize sewn cards! I don't have an embroidery machine, but now I certainly want one, these cards are awesome!! Minus the last one, heheee :D


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