My Best Fiber Art Holiday Card Tips

5 Sep 2011

fiber art holiday card
Card by Kelli Perkins,
from Gifts 2009-10.
A few weeks ago I gave you a little tutorial on how to make a handmade holiday gift card. It was so popular, I thought I'd share some more ideas on making holiday cards, inspired by techniques and designs featured in back issues of Quilting Arts Gifts.

Quilt outside the box. Consider making your card in the shape of a star, snowflake, tree, or other shape, instead of a traditional rectangle.

Stitch your message. Use your free-motion stitching skills to write a brief message on the card to make it extra special.  

Add sparkle. Now's your chance to pull out and use your glittery sheer fabric, shiny tulle, Angelina® fibers, embossed metal, foil, or iridescent Shiva® Paintstiks®.

fiber art postcard
Gift-card pocket by Jane Dávila.
Make it count twice.
 Create a fiber postcard with a decorative motif that symbolizes a loved one's favorite charity (such as a house for Habitat for Humanity); give the card to the recipient and a donation on their behalf to the cause. You could also add a hanging device to the card and it will do double duty as an ornament once the sentiment has been read. Or, turn a postcard into a gift-card pocket. Jane Dávila explained how to do this in the 2008/09 issue of Gifts.

Finally, here is a how-to for one of my favorite (and may I say easiest) holiday card tricks: turning a UFO into a fiber art greeting!

Stitched Holiday Cards
By Pokey Bolton
(from the 2010/2011 issue of Gifts)

handmade fiber art card
  • UFOs
  • Freezer paper
  • Felt tip marker (such as a
  • Sharpie®)
  • Fabric scissors and paper scissors
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Fusible web or temporary adhesive spray
  • Sewing machine with free-motion capabilities
  • Threads (I like to put on the glitz for these cards so I use metallic threads.)
  • PVA glue (such as Sobo®)
  • Buttons
  • Cardstock or a set of blank cards
  • Felt or low-loft batting (optional)

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.

handmade fiber art card2. 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.

Wasn't that easy? Now here's another neat trick: You can access this project and every other one from all four back issues of Quilting Arts Gifts at once, because we've put them all into one handy and economical package, the Quilting Arts Gifts 2007-2010 Collection CD.

P.S. What's your most creative holiday card trick? Leave a comment below.

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artsyred wrote
on 5 Sep 2011 8:30 AM

having a "duh" moment maybe -- what is a UFO?

morales3 wrote
on 5 Sep 2011 9:37 AM

Last I heard, UFO stands for "unidentified flying object" - I find it frustrating that

this entire description starts with having a UFO, but there is no explanation anywhere. HELP!    - E.T.

quilteagle wrote
on 5 Sep 2011 11:29 AM

I save Christmas cards received from previous years, cut off the fronts (as long as there is no writing on the back), add embellishments and use them for gift tags.

quilteagle wrote
on 5 Sep 2011 11:30 AM

A UFO is an UnFinished Object.

lizmaynz wrote
on 5 Sep 2011 6:32 PM

Thought it meant  UFO  Unidentifiable  Fabulous  Object :O) lol

sanki wrote
on 5 Sep 2011 9:40 PM

UFO  we all have LOTS of those,

it stands for  ..... Un Finished Object

on 7 Sep 2011 8:39 AM

Great ideas!  

Ginger Blue wrote
on 7 Sep 2011 9:16 AM

I thought a UFO was an Unusual Fiber Object !

KJanders wrote
on 19 Dec 2011 3:23 PM

A UFO is an unfinished object.  I have lots of those!

cindylee4 wrote
on 20 Dec 2011 8:51 AM

i made those tree cards last year and they were such a big hit. thanks pokey!