ShabbyShe

I like upcycling, repurposing and crafting with my kids

Handmade Greetings Card – a fabric scrap project

handmade greetings card with appliqued fabric

I made this greetings card for a wedding. The couple’s theme included Shabby Chic and butterflies so I came up with this delicate design with simplistic running stitch to add to the Shabby charm!

I simply drew the butterfly wings and used a scalpel to carefully remove the shapes. I drew in the butterflies’ bodies with a Sharpie pen, then inside the card I placed my scrap fabric pieces so they more than covered the cut-out wing shapes and secured with tape. The fun part was sewing with thread around the wings to bond the fabric to the card and finish the look. There is something about sewing into card that reminds me of being a small child, with those pre-punched cards in one hand and my huge needle and wool thread in the other 😀

For a professional finish I cut a rectangle of card just a bit smaller than the front and glued it over the taped fabric to tidy it up inside the card.

You might recognise the fabrics I used for this project – the blue and white fabric which always reminds me of those lovely Willow china plates was used in both my charity sweetie jars and fabric flowers and butterfly brooch. The other pretty fabric was one I actually bought (as opposed to repurposing from clothes or acquiring from a charity shop suitcase purchase!) to make my mum’s messenger bag.

An easy fabric scrap-busting project to use those last little pieces of favourite fabric, and I think it makes a charming keepsake card for a special occasion, but I’d love to know what you think!

Hand stitched fabric scrap greetings card

I’m linking this post up to Creative Jewish Mom and the other link parties I join in with – have a look at some of the talented people over there if you have a few minutes! x   ——>

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12 thoughts on “Handmade Greetings Card – a fabric scrap project

  1. These cards are beautiful and look very pro. So glad you visited my blog! I’m always interested in a kindred spirit and your blog is right after my heart. Can’t remember the last time I actually bought fabric. I say we are “The Scarlets of the World” and we like to grab those curtains and make whatever! Love your blog! Adding you to my list of blogs.

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  2. They’re great! I love making cards with scraps of fabric. It’s ‘sew’ satisfying to make something from leftovers, isn’t it?

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  3. I remember sewing those pre-punched cards as a child. I used to love doing then. The combination of fabric, sharpie and hand stitching makes for a beautiful card – very effective!!!

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  4. I love the way you stitched the fabric to the card. It’s a lovely design and I’m sure your friend will love receiving this special piece.

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  5. What a pretty card and a great way to use up leftover fabric scraps. I shall be taking over the hosting of Handmade Monday from this weekend, please come and join is.

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