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A Perfect Personalised Gift

This project is an extended version of the beginner Stitchbook Card  using a sewing machine instead of more beginner- friendly techniques.

You can make cards for all sorts of occasions. Why not try an anniversary card with a wedding photo, or a leaving card featuring a group picture of your team.

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You Will Need:

  • Photo Transfer Paper 1/2 sheet
  • White cotton fabric (approx 9 x 12cm (3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″)
  • Background fabric
  • Cotton tape
  • Mini lettering stampers
  • Ink pad
  • 15cm of 2.2cm  wide ribbon (I used a velvet one)
  • 3 buttons
  • 5″x 7″ Blank white card and envelope (This needs to be thick card – I use 300gm)

You Will Need:

  • Computer and Printer
  • Iron and ironing surface
  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric scissors
  • Needle and thread
You will also need to download the following template files:

1. Print the template onto plain paper and cut out. Pin template 1 onto the felt and cut out with fabric scissors.

2.Pin template 2 to background fabric and cut out.

3. With the wrong side of your  background fabric facing up, fold down the top and bottom edges by 1 cm and press them with an iron.

4. Place on top of the  felt with folded edges down, centering it over the felt. You should be able to see the felt around the top and bottom edges.  Pin in place.

5. Sew along the top folded edge using a running stitch through all layers. You can use a regular thread or a few strands of embroidery thread (depending on how much you want your stitching to stand out).

6. When you reach the edge, fold the fabric over the edge and continue to sew through all layers. Repeat with the bottom and remaining side which also needs to be tucked under and secured. (If you’re feeling adventurous you could do these stages on the sewing machine!)

7. Print your photograph onto your photo transfer paper (You can find out how to do this here). The image needs to be  9 x 6 cm (3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″). If you print it too big use template 3 to trim it down to size.

8. Transfer onto white cotton using a iron (also following the above instructions). Cut the image out leaving a small white border.

9.  Pin the image on the background fabric, leaving slightly more space at the bottom for your lettering. Try to pin the white border rather than the transfer as you will leave holes.

10. Sew around the image using a sewing machine set to a close zig-zag (this will help stop the edges fraying). As you can’t put lots of pins in it is important to keep the fabric as flat as possible when sewing so the transfer doesn’t twist.

11. Add ribbon to the bottom of the photo, tucking the ends under like you did with the background fabric. I’ve used a velvet one but this is tricky to sew the tape on top of. A smooth one would be easier! You can hand sew over the edge of the ribbon or use a sewing machine.

12. Use stampers and an ink pad to add your message onto cotton tape. Cut into sections and sew using a few stands of embroidery thread.

Prepare background fabric
Running stitch around fabric and felt
stitch around felt background
Add photograph to background
Velvet ribbon trim
Add text to ribbon of card
Ribbon text on card

13. Glue your fabric to the front of the blank card. I like to use either spray glue or sticky dots. Both of these adhere well to fabric and are long lasting.  Add your glue then place your fabric on the card, flattening out the fabric and pressing down hard.

Finished! Write your card and send it to the lucky recipient.

Text on bottom of card
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