I'm just going to come right out and say it: these stitched holiday cards are so easy to make, it's ridiculous. Plus, by giving, you also get: UFOs (UnFinished Objects) are used to make the design. How great is that?
I've whipped up many of these cards since first creating them for the 2010-11 issue of Quilting Arts Gifts. I like using a tree motif, but any basic shape would work.
Stitched Holiday Cards
By Pokey Bolton
1. Trace a tree pattern onto freezer paper or make your own symmetrical freezer paper stencil by folding a sheet of freezer paper in half and using a felt tip pen to draw one half of your design (in my case, a tree about 5" tall) along the fold. Cut along the marked line and open up the stencil.
2. Select a UFO that you would like to use for your cards. (I used a needle-felted piece for some of my cards and a hand-dyed and free-motion stitched piece for the others.) If your UFO is not already sandwiched, adhere it to felt or low-loft batting using fusible web or temporary adhesive spray.
3. Iron the freezer paper stencil onto your UFO and trace the stencil with your pen. Repeat until the surface area of your UFO is covered with outlined designs.
4. Free-motion stitch each design and cut them out on the line.
5. Use a pen to mark where you would like to place the button on the card (I placed mine close to the top of the tree, like a star). Set the button aside, take the card to your sewing machine, and create free-motion swirls around the area where the button will be.
6. Glue one of your felt-backed designs and a button to each card.
Insert a family photo, seal the envelope, and drop your card in the mail.
This is just one of many "Make it Quick" projects in this year's Quilting Arts Gifts. This festive issue includes more than 30 seasonal projects that will keep you busy all season long.
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