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Stitched Holiday Fabric Cards

30 Nov 2009

Over the Thanksgiving Day holiday, I knew I needed to do something with my bin of fabric runts. You know what I'm referring to: those fabrics you made that didn't dye or screen successfully, but you just can't bear to throw them out. I decided with a little holiday love, my fabric runts might make for some festive fabric cards.


Fabric scraps

Freezer paper

Sharpie(R) pen

Fabric and paper scissors


Fusible web or temporary adhesive spray (such as 505)

Sewing machine with free-motion capabilities

Threads (I like to lay on the glitz for these cards so I used metallic.)

PVA Glue (such as Sobo)


White Cards (I used watercolor.)

1. To make your freezer paper tree stencil, fold your sheet of freezer paper in half and with your Sharpie (and on the paper side), draw the side of a tree along the fold. Cut along the fold and spread open.

2. Adhere your sheet of fabric to felt or low loft batting using fusible web or temporary adhesive spray.

3. Iron the freezer paper stencil to your fabric and trace the stencil with your pen. Repeat until your sheet of fabric is full of marked trees.

4. Free-motion stitch each tree and cut them out.

5. Mark on the card where you would like to place the button, then take the card to your sewing machine, and free-motion swirls.

6. Glue your button and the tree to the card. At this point you could stitch garland on your tree using a zigzag effect as I've done in the example below.

7. Insert a family photo, seal the envelope,  and drop your cards into the mail. Cheers!

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on 30 Nov 2009 8:32 AM

oh pokey!  i so LOVE them!!  ;)  xo

Jane LaFazio wrote
on 30 Nov 2009 8:35 AM

waay cute. waay doable. thanks Pokey!

sewcalgal wrote
on 30 Nov 2009 8:47 AM

Very cute & simple.  Love it!  Thanks for sharing!


She-Quilts wrote
on 30 Nov 2009 8:51 AM

Fantastic!  I'm only sending cards to those not online & the older relatives this year.  Super cute idea!  :)

Quilnan wrote
on 30 Nov 2009 9:17 AM

Great way to reduce the scraps and share the joy! Nancy

on 30 Nov 2009 9:26 AM

Great idea Pokey!  I was just thinking I needed to do something like this!

jojo wrote
on 30 Nov 2009 12:50 PM


I'd like to be a fly on the wall of your brain!  Weeeeeeeeeeeeee!

DebbieL@36 wrote
on 30 Nov 2009 2:48 PM

Love these!  Thank you, such a fun idea!

lisali wrote
on 30 Nov 2009 9:28 PM

Very clever Pokey!

on 1 Dec 2009 2:18 AM

This post was mentioned on Twitter by stunkcretingurl: how cute are these? RT @QuiltingArts: I have a simple, fast, and fun way to make some holiday fabric cards...

DeniseBL wrote
on 1 Dec 2009 8:51 PM

Thanks for sharing a great project! Think I may try a variation of this next year! D.L.

kaylene3 wrote
on 1 Dec 2009 10:53 PM


CarolK@24 wrote
on 2 Dec 2009 4:56 PM

I love your idea. Thank you.

on 2 Dec 2009 5:39 PM

That's great.Several can be cut at once and all different. Am going to use my "new fabric" made from old.

chaines wrote
on 2 Dec 2009 6:46 PM

Just what I needed, a quick project personalized with my new to me Bernina 640 to show off to my family.   Love it I'll post pics laters.  Chris

on 2 Dec 2009 8:00 PM

Wow! These are really pretty crafts you have here. Thanks for sharing

Maryse4 wrote
on 2 Dec 2009 9:17 PM

Yes...making some now with metalic threads too....

Chelle9 wrote
on 4 Dec 2009 3:31 PM

Too cute!

yoyosmum wrote
on 6 Dec 2009 1:53 PM

Thanks for this inspiration, Pokey.  I can use this idea on my collage post cards.  Ingrid

MellyT wrote
on 7 Dec 2009 5:40 AM

These are Ab Fab!!! Love them.

BonnieO4 wrote
on 9 Dec 2009 2:09 PM

How absolutely adorable.  I'm dragging out my runts.

jessicasews wrote
on 15 Dec 2009 4:48 PM

Very inspiring!

on 12 Nov 2013 7:26 PM

Can you download this