DIY Sewn Greeting Cards (Video)

Cityline

What do you get when you mix your creative super-skills with some card stock, fun trims, and a sewing machine? Cute, easy DIY greeting cards!

I showed Tracy Moore from Cityline how.

Watch here…

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Tracy Moore:
Welcome back. We are always happy to have Denise Wild here from The Sewing Studio to show us some great new crafts. And this is, I think, really awesome. We’re going to make some DYI greeting cards.

Denise:
Yes.

Tracy:
And these cards can be for absolutely anything, so take a look at the ones that Denise has brought to us. There’s- you know, there’s a little thank you. There’s one that says Shalom. So, Passover – Easter. There’s a cute little chick, you know, an Easter card.

Denise:
Yeah.

Tracy:
Or a little spring card. A baby card right here. So, it’s so easy. All you did is you can get– you just use bristol board for these.

Denise:
I used bristol board, cut them up, but there is some pre-made cardstock that you can buy. You know cards that are already made at the craft store. What we wanted to show you today is how to use your sewing machine for doings some different, fun, creative things.

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
So I’m going to have you help me make one of the cards.

Tracy:
We’re going to make this one.

Denise:
Yes.

Tracy:
And it’s going to look just like that.

Denise:
It will. It will.

Tracy:
Yes.

Denise:
I’ve already started sewing on the purple. We’ve cut everything up and I’m going to sew on the black as well. So what you want to do, when you’re choosing fabrics to go onto cards, you want to choose something that is not going to fray like felt, fleece; vinyl is perfect. And then what you want to do is just sew it directly on. You don’t have to change your needle; we’re just going to sew this right in place.

Tracy:
And, I mean, the paper as well – you’ve got to be aware that the paper is hard enough to take the thread, right?

Denise:
Yes, exactly.

Tracy:
You can’t have flimsy paper.

Denise:
Exactly. So you want to look for great, thick cardstock. And then I’m just going to sew right through here. Maybe while I’m doing this, I’ll get you to cut out the lace trim that we’ll be using.

Tracy:
Sure. So, do you want it to be– I’ll just use this to measure.

Denise:
Yeah. That’s perfect.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
You can use this card and you can use that one for reference. So what we’ll do is a– I know you’re not a– not one hundred percent comfortable on the sewing machine yet, so I’ll have you gluing that in place.

Tracy:
Um, God bless you, Denise. You do all the sewing, because you do it so well. Okay, I’ve cut my ribbon. Ready.

Denise:
Perfect. Okay, I’m almost ready too.

Tracy:
My job is done.

Denise:
So, I’m just sewing these in place. Just using a top stitch going through all thicknesses and then, you know, what you’ll see on the cards that we’ve already done are– you know, just using different colors, different themes. We’ve got thank you, you can do wedding, you can do birthday–

Tracy:
I like the fact also–

Denise:
—really whatever you’d like.

Tracy:
—that we can see the– we can see the thread. So, you do that on purpose?

Denise:
Yes.

Tracy:
You picked a white thread that you can actually see the stitching.

Denise:
Exactly. I’m using a contrast thread–

Tracy:
It’s part of the design.

Denise:
Exactly. And the great thing about these too, is if you have little errors, you know, it’s really all about– about design detail.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
Right. If you screw it up a little bit, that’s what makes it unique.

Tracy:
One day you should just give me a crash course on how to use this thing.

Denise:
Yes.

Tracy:
Because it looks– I mean, it’s very– you know there are all these switches and buttons and things happening.

Denise:
You know, the sewing machine is really so easy to use, especially when you’re doing simple projects like this.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
And it doesn’t require a lot of skill to be doing something like this. I’m just going to reach over–

Tracy:
You sure about that?

Denise:
—and trim this down. If I want to later, what I can do is put a backing inside to help cover that up.

Tracy:
So there you go. We got that done.

Denise:
Yeah, so we’ve got those two sewn in place and what I’ll get you to do is start gluing the lace in. So we’ve got this lace decorative trim right here and that’s what’s–

Tracy:
I do it just like that, right?

Denise:
Exactly. That’s what we’re doing in–

Tracy:
It’s a little long. Let me just cut off a little bit one more.

Denise:
Okay. Are you much of a crafter?

Tracy:
Um, yeah. Can’t you tell? No. You know what though, with kids being little, I’m going to be doing crafts all the time.

Denise:
And you have to be careful with the glue gun.

Tracy:
Absolutely.

Denise:
Yeah.

Tracy:
But, it’s fun. The glue gun is the fun part. Okay, so I stick on my little ribbon.

Denise:
Yes.

Tracy:
Like that.

Denise:
And then we’ve got the thank you already cut out–

Tracy:
See, there’s my thank you.

Denise:
So all of these things can be sewn in.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
Or you can use the glue gun. One of the great things about using the sewing machine is that you use the stitching as a design detail.

Tracy:
Right.

Denise:
So what you’ll notice on some of the cards up here, on the Passover table, on the Easter card too – we’re using that as part of the decoration.

Tracy:
Look at that.

Denise:
Yes.

Tracy:
Done! And it’s perfect!

Denise:
Perfect.

Tracy:
Right?

Denise:
It is great. Yeah, actually, here’s our new one.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
And here’s our original. So we’ve– I’d say we’ve done a great job.

Tracy:
Thank you, Denise.

Denise:
Thank you.

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