Craft

Fabric Greeting Cards

Three fabric greetings cards

These fabric greeting cards are great for using up fabric scraps and you can let your creativity run wild. You could design cards for particular events or holidays. I have made general greetings cards to send to friends ‘just because’. I must confess to loving old fashioned ‘snail mail’. It is so nice to receive a card!

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You will need:

Fabric scraps

Plain cards or card stock (and envelopes)

Sewing machine and thread

NOTE: you will need a sewing machine needle specifically for sewing your cards as the card will blunt the needle.

Step 1:

Cut your scraps of fabric into whatever strips you like. You can lay them out onto the card to get an idea of your design.

Strips of fabric

 

Step 2:

Take your first 2 strips and lay them onto the card where you want them to be. Ensure that you are sewing them onto the front of the card! Make sure they overlap so that one row of stitching will secure both. Then sew along the overlap from the fold of the card to the outer edge. Make sure you backstitch at the beginning and the end of the stitching to secure it. Do not worry about the excess fabric. You will trim it at the end of the stitching. I used a zig-zag stitch but you can use any stitch you like, perhaps a fancy embroidery stitch if your machine can do that!

Two fabric strips sewn onto card

Repeat this procedure all the way up the card until it is covered. Make sure each strip overlaps the last one and that you secure your stitching.

Stitching the fabric to the card

All strips stitched to card

It looks a little messy but it will soon be finished!

Step 3:

Fold the card along the fold line and turn the card over so that the fabric is underneath. Trim around the card carefully. I used a rotary cutter and a self-healing mat but you could use scissors.

Card on top of fabric

 

Step 4:

Sew around the card to secure all the fabric edges. I used a zig-zag stitch, as I had for all the stitching. If you are concerned about fraying apply a little glue to the edges too.

Trimmed card

Your card is now finished!

What a great way to use up those fabric scraps that seem too small to make anything from but it seems a shame to throw away! I made a few fabric greeting cards and you can see a couple here.

Completed tall card

Completed tall card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This blog is packed full of great tutorials for sewing and paper crafts so take a look around.

If you like working on crafts involving paper or card try some of my other articles:

Make your own seed paper

How to make decoupage greetings cards

How to make gorgeous flowers from old magazines

So, if you feel inspired to make fabric greeting cards, make sure you pin this article for later. You can also follow me on Pinterest to see all the great ideas I collate.

Fabric cards

2 Comments

  • Fiona

    These are so cute! They make me want to go and buy a new sewing machine (mine is my Granny’s old one and is in our loft as it’s just too big to have in the house – it sits inside a custom-made table).

    • Christine

      Yes, I would be lost without my sewing machine. It is only a couple of years ago that I replaced my old sewing machine from the 1970s. They last so long!

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