Skill Level: VERY Easy
Card Stock or Notecards,
Project Time: 10 minutes
I got this idea from my friend Erica, who got the idea from the fabulous Denyse Schmidt’s Quilting book (very cool and very recommended). So I can’t take credit. But it’s such a simple and fabulous idea that I had to make a tutorial to share it.
These cards are so easy that once you start, you won’t want to stop. Make one, make twenty! Make it out of fabric that corresponds to your homemade gift inside. The possibilities are endless. So let’s get crafting!
1. Start with a piece of card stock and fold it to desired size. If you have premade/store-bought cards those work great. I have a ton of this lying around, so here’s what I’m using:
2. Find a fabric set you like:
3. Cut small rectangular pieces/strips from the fabric. Make sure they are larger than the card (you will be trimming off the excess at the end). It’s fun to cut some of them straight and some on the diagonal:
4. Start sewing. Lay your first piece at the top of the card (fabric hanging over the card on all sides) and sew around it, in whatever way you’d like! You really can’t mess these up. Then layer another piece on top of that and sew around it. Kinda wish I’d used contrasting yellow thread here:
Your card will look like this on the other side:
Continue sewing layers till your card is covered:
It should look something like this:
5. Sew Zigzags. Again, there’s no wrong or right way to do this. In fact, you don’t even have to do this step! But I think it adds more character. Start on one end of the card and sew straight diagonal lines back and forth on the card, till it looks like this:
6. Trim the excess fabric, with scissors or a rotary cutter:
And, YOU’RE DONE!
One small project, with endless possibilities: