Create one-of-a-kind greeting cards with fabric. Piece together or layer small pieces of fabric for an appliqued or patchwork look on fabric or paper. Fabric can serve as an attractive embellishment on ready-made cards as well. Greeting cards combining fabric or paper and fabric offer no-sew craft projects for all ages at all levels of craft experience. Fabric glue allows a variety of approaches to designing your own cards with fabric.
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Things you need
- Blank greeting cards
- Cardstock (optional)
- Picture frame greeting cards (optional)
- Preprinted greeting cards
- Fabric scraps
- Fabric glue
- Craft glue
- Design pattern or template
- Pinking shears (optional)
- Straight pins
- Craft embellishments as desired
- Envelopes to fit cards
Cut a piece of background fabric to fit the front of a blank greeting card; for a picture frame card, cut the fabric slightly larger than the opening in the frame. Use pinking shears to give the fabric a decorative edge, if desired.
Choose a design pattern with simple lines and shapes.Trace the pattern pieces onto fabric with chalk. If you prefer, draw shapes freehand directly on the fabric. If you need several fabric pieces the same size and shape, layer the fabrics in a stack and pin together to secure. Trace the pattern shape onto the top piece of fabric.
Cut out all pattern pieces. Use regular scissors, pinking shears or a combination of
both for a decorative look.
Arrange cut-out pattern pieces on the background fabric according to your design. Attach the fabric pattern pieces to the background fabric with fabric glue. Layer or overlap pieces as necessary to obtain the desired effect.
Embellish the finished fabric design as desired. See the Tips section for some embellishment ideas. Attach embellishments with craft glue.
Glue the finished fabric design to the front of a blank greeting card. If using a picture frame card, glue the edges of the right side of the fabric piece to the wrong side of the frame, making sure the fabric picture is centred within the frame opening and no edges show. If you choose to glue the fabric picture to the right side of the frame, trim the fabric edges so about 1/4 inch of the frame shows all around the fabric.
Cut fabric pieces you wish to add to designs printed on ready-made greeting cards. Some ideas include covering flower petals, clothing or design elements with shaped fabric pieces to complement or contrast with the printed design.
Attach fabric pieces to the greeting card design with craft glue. Layering and overlapping fabrics creates a three-dimensional look.
Glue on additional craft materials as desired to embellish the card. Let the glue dry, then add extra glue to hold the embellishments more securely, if needed.
Tips and warnings
- Create greeting card embellishments from different types of paper, cloth or lace doilies, crocheting or tatting from old pillowcases, buttons, sections of embroidery, plastic confetti shapes, letter stickers and artificial flowers and leaves.
- Use scrapbooking paper piecing or quilt piecing patterns to create your greeting cards.
- Keep in mind the total weight of your card and envelope if mailing handmade cards.
- If in doubt, weigh your intended materials on a home or post office scale. Redesign the card to weigh less and avoid extra postage, if desired.
- Have crafted cards hand stamped if the card can be damaged by postal service machinery.
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