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.
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)
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!