It’s been forever since a new post has been put up here at Janice Ferguson Sews and I can’t say just why.Â Everyone thinks we should have so much time being pretty much shut down with the pandemic but I seem to be busier than ever! I did get a new hip and the therapy seemed to eat up all my energy and a huge amount of time.Â And it did help.
But back to blogging…….these embroideredÂ holiday cards are my latest tutorial for Brother’s blog Stitching Sewcial and I LOVED making them.Â Were it not for the drudgery of laundry, cooking, cleaning, and the weeds that NEVER stop growing in Florida, etc. I’d make a hundred!Â They are so much fun!Â Check out the how-to tutorial here.Â Â
The tri-fold cards I ordered ordered are just wonderfulÂ They came with a variety of colors with optional oval or rectangular shapes.Â I highly recommend this vendor, though I have no connection other than that of a satisfied customer.
You might notice that there are two drawings on fabric by children (my grands) which were then placed over a thin layer of batting, free-motion outlined then stippled before inserted into tri-fold cards.Â Details are in the Brother blog tutorial.
Alastair drew his dog and cat lover Vivian, of course, drew a cat.Â It took a little creative text to pull it all together.Â Some grandparents, I’m sure, will be delighted.
Trifold cards are not necessary.Â Several cards were made with plain cardstock while others were made from larger, fancy cardstock from craft stores like Michaels.Â Some were made with simple text on cardstock.
With the addition of felt, buttons, ribbon and whatever, you can just go crazy.
One of my favorite cards was made with this design from Embroidery Online’sÂ I Believe in Santa Collection.Â This is a gorgeous set, marked down to $25, but each design is available individually for just $1.Â Other designs include I Believe in Hope, In Harmony, In Giving, In Family and so much more.Â Just a beautiful collection.
So these homemade cards are my recommendation for some lockdown holiday fun.Â The recipients will love them and you will have a big time making them.
Merry Christmas to all!
P.S.Â I’m looking forward to showing you granddaughter Vivian Rose in her Christmas dress, the white lace dress from Sew Classic.Â Lovely as it is on a child, at least in the magazine, it hangs a little limp on a hangar so I am waiting for her to model it. When it arrived her mother said Vivi’s mouth was purple (she didn’t know why) and and the little urchin was dirty, dirty, dirty.Â So trying it on her would have to wait.Â I’m waiting.
What have you sewn for the holidays?
Required disclaimer:Â I am a paid Brother Ambassador.Â Not required:Â I LOVE my Brother machines.