Christmas Cards

Materials

  • Scraps of cotton Christmas fabrics
  • Scraps of wadding
  • Red felt for backing the fabrics
  • Card blanks
  • 3D fabric paint
  • Small labels for fabric stash cards
  • Double sided tape or glue stick
  • Machine embroidery thread
  • Glittery hand sewing thread

Finished Size

Assorted

Skill Level

Beginners

A few years ago, with the help of a few friends I designed some simple cards which can be made in an evening. Choose one design and make them for all your friends or try out one or two of the more complicated ones for your special friends. There is a choice of machine or hand sewing or even some no sew cards, just a bit of folding and gluing.

Using pre-printed fabric panels

Using Pre-Printed Fabric Panels
  1. Layer the fabric with wadding and back with felt.
  2. Stitch around each panel with straight stitch – if you are making a number at once, work in rows of stitching across the whole width and then down between each panel.
  3. Satin stitch around each block with a matching or contrasting thread.
  4. Cut apart close to the satin stitching – if time allows you can satin stitch again around each panel.
  5. Glue in place on the front of each card. Add a message with gold or silver pen if desired.

For a quicker option if time is very short, cut out the panels and glue in place on the card with no wadding or stitching.

Making your own fabrics

Making your own fabrics
  1. Layer some plain or slightly patterned fabric with wadding and felt as before.
  2. Using patterns or writing on your machine sew bands of stitching across the fabric. If your machine does not have patterns, simple zigzag with the width and length adjusted looks effective.
  3. Use a metallic or variegated thread to add interest.
  4. Cut into slices and glue in place on the front of the card. Add details such as bows or extra writing with 3D paint.

Decorations

  1. Layer the chosen fabric as before. Stitch around a star or other shape. If your fabric does not have any preprinted shapes you can draw one using a cookie cutter.
  2. Cut out close to the stitching. You can add satin stitch to the edge if wanted. Make a hole in the front of the card near the top with a darning needle or old sewing machine needle.
  3. Attach some fine glittery thread to the top of your decoration and thread through the hole into a small square of felt on the inside. Tie with a bow.
  4. Make a note on the inside of the card to untie the bow and hang on the tree.

Fabric Parcel

Fabric Parcel
  1. Cut a small square of wadding and a slightly larger square of fabric.
  2. Glue the fabric over the edges of the wadding as if wrapping a real parcel.
  3. Tie one glittery thread around the parcel and cut two pieces for the bow.
  4. Put some glue or tape on the front of the card, lay the pieces of thread for the bow in position and lay the parcel RS up on top. Press firmly for a few minutes.
  5. Carefully tie the bow, leave upside down under a book until glue has dried.

Fabric Stash

Fabric Stash

This delightful card was designed by Pauline Fowler, it can be used at any time of year with appropriate fabrics.

  1. Write a message on the label, such as ‘for your stash’, ‘thought you were short of blue’ or any other witty comment.
  2. Choose three fabrics and cut a 3in square of each (the size is not crucial).
  3. Fold all edges press carefully. Then fold the fabrics into little piles and press, ensuring that no raw edges are showing – don’t worry if they pop open.
  4. Stack into a pile of three fabrics and carefully wrap the label around the pile, take up any excess label thread by twisting at the back of the pile.
  5. Glue in place on the front of the card with double sided tape or a glue stick.

French knot parcels

French knot parcels
  1. Cut three small squares of glittery fabrics, one rectangle of felt and one larger rectangle of organdie or other semi transparent material.
  2. Lay the glittery squares on the felt and pin into position. Place the transparent fabric on the top and pin a couple of times at the top and edges.
  3. Using sharp scissors, make two cuts like an X across the top of the organdie fabric. Do not cut into the glittery fabric, only the top layer.
  4. Working from the top down fold open the transparent fabric to reveal the glitter underneath and hold in place with a French knot or cross stitch. Stitch each point in turn, taking care where two points overlap on the middle. Decide whether one French knot can hold both points or if you want two knots. You can replace the French knots with cross stitches or another decorative stitch.
  5. Fray the edges of the transparent layer to create a softer edge. Glue the felt only to the front of the card.

First published in Popular Patchwork January 2003