5.26.2010

Quilted Note Card Tutorial - Method 1

I got the idea for these note cards from Denyse Schmidt's Quilts book. I didn't actually read the instructions - I really just adapted what I saw in the photo to how I thought I should do it.

NOTE: use a longer stitch with this project as a shorter stitch with perforate the paper! I used a 3.5 on my machine. Use whatever stitch you like - I used a straight stitch. Also, the feed dogs don't really grip the paper very well and the card may tend to "slip" a little and has a tendency to want to go a little crooked.

You will need:
*Note cards of any size or color - the bigger the card, the easier it is to work with it. (You can even recycle the un-used Christmas cards from last year!)
*Strips of fabric no less than 1/2 inch wide.
*Coordinating thread
*Rotary cutter
*Ruler


I bought my cards at a large chain craft store. They come in packages of 10 or 20 - some of them are sold with envelopes. The natural ones on the right didn't come with envelopes but the white ones did.
If they're not already folded, fold the note card on the fold line and lay it inside down with the outside facing up. I chose bright colors for this card. It's a good idea to iron your strips before you start - makes it easier to work with them and it makes a nice finished product. Find the layout you find the most pleasing. I like the orange fabric here the most so I want to make sure it is kind of the focal point.

Laying out the strips can be done any number of ways. You can do a random placing with some raw edges exposed, you can layer the strips so that maybe 2 of the strips have their raw edges out while the other strips are covered - however you like. I started with the blue stripe and the pink swirl first because the blue is the lightest fabric and the pink is the widest fabric. I'll layer the others over these, but first I have to sew these onto the card. Sew along the edge as close as you can. DO NOT sew along the folded edge yet - I only sewed along the inside edge of the pink fabric. You will sew along the folded edge later.


Sew the next strip on to the card. Mine was the olive green fabric that overlaps the first 2 strips.


Keep sewing on the strips until you have sewn them all on. They should be hanging off the side a bit.


This is the inside of the card. Next is trimming.


With a straight edge and a rotary cutter - cut off excess fabric on all edges making sure that the card is OPEN until you get to the folded edge. When trimming around the folded edge, close the card and flip it so that the front of the card is facing down and the back of the card is facing up. WARNING: when cutting around the folded edge - do not cut or nick the folded edge or your card will be ruined.


After trimming all sides, this what the inside will look like.



Flip card over so the outsides are facing up.



With the card open, sew around the perimeter of the card using a 1/4 inch allowance. You can use whatever stitch you like.



When sewing along the folded edge, be careful to stay away from the fold.



This is what the inside of the card will look like. Not my best sewing - just trying to get it done!



And here is the finished product. Cute, huh?
The possibilities here are endless. You can use any combo of strips or squares or applique or even do a tiny block and sew it on the front of a card. Make a few of these and you'll see just how easy and adorable they are!

Make a gift tag!

Holiday Cards

Make a set of 10 to give as a gift

 
This was a set I offered on Etsy - they're called Uptown.
Ideas for color combos:
College/School colors
Pro Team colors
Baby Shower Thank You Notes
Wedding Thank You Notes in wedding colors
Tonals in favorite color

2 comments:

  1. This is sew cute! Bought a kit to learn but just haven't had a chance to do it!

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