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Friday, September 14, 2018

How to . . .

For the curious out there!  How I make my cards 😊

NOTE:  I HAVE A 48 YEAR OLD SEWING MACHINE THAT DOES STRAIGHT STITCH, ZIGZAG AND 4 OTHER STITCHES ONLY - NO FREE MOTION 😐  THIS MEANS I HAVE TO LIFT THE FOOT MANUALLY AND MOVE THE FABRIC EVERY TIME I NEED TO CHANGE SEWING DIRECTION!  VERY TIME CONSUMING I KNOW, BUT I'M SAVING UP FOR A NEW FANCY FREE MOTION/EMBROIDERY MACHINE! 
I don't buy fabric.  The tiny pieces I use don't warrant buying even the minimum cut of fabric in stores.  I'm lucky enough to have quilting and sewing friends who give me their small scraps, and I sew myself so have a stash of my own 😍

I use calico backing - cheap and I like the raw edged look when it's torn to fit the size of card I'm using.  

1.  Tear the calico to size, iron it flat.  
2.  Choose the fabric scraps for your design and iron them too.
I've used 2 different fabrics here to imply cats sitting on the table!
3.  Cut 2 strips of iron-on double sided adhesive (I use HeatnBond but there are other brands that work just as well, or even fabric glue) and iron them onto the calico.


4.  Remove the peel-off paper backing from the adhesive and iron the fabric onto the calico, overlapping the 2 as shown.


5.  Sew across the fabrics where they overlap.  Iron flat.
6.  Draw your design (cats and fish bones in my case) onto HeatnBond, cut around edges (I used felt for my cats but any fabric should be ok.  Not stretch or knit fabric though!)



7.  Cut around your design and peel off the paper backing.
8.  Position the elements of your design (cats and fish here) on your fabric and iron them into place.  Be sure to keep the paper backing so that you can see where to sew the details on later.  Note:  Your drawing will be a reverse image, as you can see here, so remember this when planning your card!)


9.  Use your sewing machine or hand sewing to sew the images in place, and fill in the details by hand sewing where your machine won't go easily.  (I did the fish skeletons and cat details by hand here.)
10. Finally iron the back of your calico and place it on your card front, then sew around the edges as shown.
Done 😍


Have fun, and thanks for your feedback 😊

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