MAKE A SIMPLE NOTECARD FROM YOUR FABRIC SCRAPS
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:
NOW I KNOW WHAT I’M GOING TO DO WITH ALL THE LITTLE SCRAPS OF GORGEOUS FABRIC THAT I’VE BEEN SAVING BECAUSE I COULDN’T THROW THEM AWAY. THANKS A BUNCH!
This small project is the best Ive seen in a long time. I will use it over and over. Thank you so much I just lvoe it.
What a darling idea–wouldn’t a Hawaiian print make a darling “postcard”?!
Unfortunately, it couldn’t go for the same rate as 2-dimensional post cards but it would be worth the extra postage!
This is so easy but so beautiful! My daughter had gone away to college and I love to send her cards! These can be embellished and personalized! The possibilities are endless! Awesome!! Thanks so much for a beautifully illustrated tutorial!
This is so inspire-ing too me seeing your idea of a card, the scraps colors fantastic. thanking you so much glad i found your site by Renee
Love this idea! I will be making many of these cards as Christmas gifts. I’ll put 8 or 10 cards in a pack, with a pretty bow and voi-la a nice gift.
How do you avoid fraying of fabric along the edges?
It will fray a bit, but that’s part of the charm.
I love this idea. Seen lots of demos on Pinterest but yours is the best because it shows how the back will look. Still struggling with how to make that prettier. I think doing on a separate single card and then attach by glue or tape to a regular card. What do you think? My other question is, what size stitch are you using? Thanks for sharing.
To hide the stitching, use an insert. This is just a plain or decorated piece of paper slightly smaller than the card, fold in half , insert into the card and line up and glue in a couple of places on the front bit only, close the card up and voila, stitching hidden and a more luxurious feel to the card. If you are batch making you could print the sentiment on the insert.