Combine textile collage with some hand stitching to create unique individual cards. The process of making fabric scraps cards is relaxing and creative.
Let’s face it all sewers have piles of fabric scraps… It is almost as though it is sacrilege to part with even the smallest of pieces. Over time the fabric scraps can become rather overwhelming in volume!
Making cards using fabric scraps is not going to make much of a dent in the pile of scraps but it is such fun, and a perfect use for even the smallest of scraps. There is something special giving and receiving unique handmade cards, and what better way to customize a card than using up scraps of fabric?
Combine textile collage with some hand stitching to create unique individual cards. Have fun playing with colours and textures. What combinations work for you?
- Fabric Scraps
- Paper Scrap
- Bond a web
- Start by drawing out your design on the back of a scrap of paper. I have used packing paper, ripping a rough square a little bigger than 3" square. The stitched design I have used is 3" across. I recommend using a quilters ruler for measuring this design out, it makes measuring parallel lines super easy.
- Turn your paper scraps over, cut out scraps of fabric and create a collage.
- Adhere the fabric scraps to the paper. I have used bond a web to glue the fabric scraps to the right side of the paper, but you could alternatively use a glue stick.
- Choose a contrasting thread and stitch your design, using a simple running stitch.
- Once you have stitched your design review.
- I have chosen to add a second line of stitching parallel to the red stitching, in a white thread. Once you are satisfied with your design apply glue to the back of your design and adhere to a card.
You can vary the design, choosing to stitch a different shape. An alternative suggestion is to cut out a circle shape from your card and mount your collage from behind.
If you love making items for Christmas check out many free Christmas tutorials.