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 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!