I'm rather pleased with today's project, and it took all of a few minutes to make. I love it when I receive gifts that are personalised with a handmade card, so I thought I'd do the same.
It's simple, but effective. I think this is a case of less is more.
I'm sure you can see how it's made, simply by looking at the photos.
- Make or buy a card.
- Cut three triangles from scrap fabric (mine measure 1" across the top)
- Sew the fabric to the card.
Quite some time ago I bought a box of blank, ready made cards, with the intention of embellishing them in one way or another. This is the first one I've used. You could just as easily make your own card.
I happened to have a quilting needle in my machine, so that's what I used. If not, I would have swapped to a denim needle or another sharp point needle. You may need to experiment with needle types, depending on your sewing machine and the cardstock weight. If it doesn't sound right, try a different needle.
The cardstock will blunt the needle quite quickly, so change to a new needle when you next sew with fabric. You wouldn't use your fabric scissors on paper or cardstock - it's the same with the needles you use.
Apparently tension can be quite an issue when sewing on cardstock. I'm lucky that I didn't have any problems with my Bernina.
You may find the following information helpful...
- Machine Stitching on Paper Tutorial
- Sewing Cards and Envelopes
- Machine Stitching or Sewing with Paper - gives suggestion re needles to use
- How to Sew on Cardstock with a Sewing Machine
- How to do Machine Embroidery on Cardstock
- Tips for Machine Sewing on Cards
- Choosing the Right Sewing Machine Needle
The gift that goes with this card is also handmade. It's wrapped up ready to send to the recipient. I'll show you later in the week.
Quite some time ago, Ros, from Sew Delicious, included a lovely handmade sewn card, as part of the Sweet Pouch Swap. Ros' card was the inspiration for making my card with fabric scrap bunting.
If you have never sewn cardstock before, I would suggest using very thin cardstock, while finding out the limitations of your machine. As with fabric, let the machine guide the cardstock - don't push or pull it. And go slowly.
Have you ever sewn cardstock or paper? What tips do you have for anyone who is new to this craft?