There are so many things you can make when you have a few beginner embroidery stitches under your belt. You can make simple designs and hang them in a hoop on your wall and stitch designs on your clothing but today I would like to show you another way to use your embroidered designs. In this post I will show you how to use your embroidery to make a keepsake card.
CARD STOCK: To make your card
BLANK CARD - *optional if you don't feel like making one with card stock
EXACT-O KNIFE: To cut a circle or oval in the center of the card.
CUTTING MAT: To protect the surface when cutting with the Exact-o knife
SMALL EMBROIDERED DESIGN ON COTTON FABRIC: Be sure the measure the circumference around the design so that you know how big of a circle or oval to cut on your card to allow your design to show through and enough fabric overlap to glue or sew down the edges.
FABRIC ADHESIVE: This will affix the fabric to the card before sewing OR:
TACKY GLUE: If you don't want to sew, you can just glue your fabric to the card.
You can buy blank notecards or use a sheet of card stock. If you are using card stock, measure a 7 x 10 inch rectangle. This will be folded in half to create your card.
Get your pre-sewn design and measure the circumference to figure out how big of an circle or oval to cut on your card.
It never hurts to add some decorative stitches around the edge of the design. To take it one step further, add some coordinating stitches to the envelope. I added some freehand straight stitches to the design using (my favorite!) variegated thread.
Add a bow using backstitch. Draw a very light sketch in pencil, pre-punch holes with your needle, gently erase the needle marks, then sew.
French knots make an elegant little border. If you plan on mailing these bumpy letters, be sure to include extra postage since they will not go through the machine and will need to be hand sorted.
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