May 7, 2009

Last-minute gift cards

 If you're like me, then you have grand plans for making amazing handmade gifts and cards that will just wow your recipients.  But for some reason, you just find yourself trying to get it all done at the last minute, and having to resort to another idea, thanks to Mr Procrastination.    I lived this scenario on Wednesday, madly trying to get things wrapped and looking pretty for Shayne's birthday dinner.  No time to make anything fancy, I thought I'd whip up these quick (and I mean quick) gift tags.  They worked out kinda cute, and I think I'll use them again.  Who said quick had to be ugly?
Below is my little how-to, although they really don't even justify writing the instructions in a tutorial because they were so easy!

What you need:
1. Card Stock (I used pre-cut 4 x 6 inch note cards and folded them in half)
2. Printed fabric scraps
3. Sewing Machine
4. Some dark coloured thread (or light colour if using a dark card stock)

How to do it:
1.  Cut out various geometric, animals, letters or other shapes you fancy from your fabric (I just did mine free hand)
2. Position your fabric onto the front of the card and sew around the border
[NB:  If you sew neatly, then you'll also have a cute little line design on the inside of the card.  Just remember if you are sewing around letters they will be back to front on the inside!]
3. "Draw" anything else you need to with your sewing machine (like balloon string or maybe even some other stars, whatever you think looks nice).
4. Trim all loose threads
5. Write in your card and attach to your present!    DONE!  You can do this uber-quick.   It takes about 5 minutes to get about 3 cards done.  That's quicker than sorting through your card stash, realising you don't have anything that works, going down to the shops to get one, or making something real fancy. 
Remember...Mothers Day is just around the corner, so you might need this little idea sooner than you think. ;o)


  1. gorgeous Gretel! I used to love the effect of sewing on paper and card as a kid - must try it again. Did you use a stronger needle or just the standard one?

  2. Thanks! I just used the regular needle, but do this often enough, and like good sewing scissors on paper, it will become blunt within no time. I just have some extra needles on hand for when I need to sew fabric again. :o)

  3. Wow - they look fab. I am sure they will be well received! Thanks for the tutorial.


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