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DIY Get Well Card

Design from Embroidery Library but appears to be no longer available. Text added on PE-Design. This was stitched on my Brother Dream 2 machine.

Sending a get well card to an ailing friend is always a thoughtful and meaningful gesture.  Making a personalized card card is even more meaningful.

This was made for a dear friend who recently had shoulder replacement surgery.  the card opens to a personalized message on printer paper, cut out and attached to the card stock with double sided tape.

At a time when we are encouraged to stay home, making a get well, birthday, anniversary or thinking of you card is a wise alternative to making a trip to the store to purchase a ready made card.

There are so many ways to embroider cards–directly on card stock, on fabric which is stitched onto card stock or as shown above, onto felt which is stitched onto card stock.

They truly are fun and almost addictive to make.  I’ve stitched Christmas cards,

Valentines

and other get well cards, all which have been very well received.

All you need to get started is some card stock, rotary cutter, cutaway stabilizer and double sided tape. Instructions are detailed in an earlier blog post here.

Required disclaimer:  I am a paid Brother Ambassador sewing specialist.  Not required:  I LOVE my Brother sewing machines.

 

 

 

Embroidered Christmas Cards

It’s been forever since a new post has been put up here at Janice Ferguson Sews and I can’t say just why.  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.  And it did help.

But back to blogging…….these embroidered  holiday cards are my latest tutorial for Brother’s blog Stitching Sewcial and I LOVED making them.  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!  They are so much fun!  Check out the how-to tutorial here.  

The tri-fold cards I ordered ordered are just wonderful  They came with a variety of colors with optional oval or rectangular shapes.  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.  Details are in the Brother blog tutorial.

 

Alastair drew his dog and cat lover Vivian, of course, drew a cat.  It took a little creative text to pull it all together.  Some grandparents, I’m sure, will be delighted.

Trifold cards are not necessary.  Several cards were made with plain cardstock while others were made from larger, fancy cardstock from craft stores like Michaels.  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’s  I Believe in Santa Collection.  This is a gorgeous set, marked down to $25, but each design is available individually for just $1.  Other designs include I Believe in Hope, In Harmony, In Giving, In Family and so much more.  Just a beautiful collection.

So these homemade cards are my recommendation for some lockdown holiday fun.  The recipients will love them and you will have a big time making them.

Merry Christmas to all!

P.S.  I’m looking forward to showing you granddaughter Vivian Rose in her Christmas dress, the white lace dress from Sew Classic.  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.  So trying it on her would have to wait.  I’m waiting.

What have you sewn for the holidays?

Required disclaimer:  I am a paid Brother Ambassador.  Not required:  I LOVE my Brother machines.

 

 

Back at Last!

First, let me wish you a happy Valentine’s Day!  My latest post at Brother’s blog Stitching Sewcial is all about embroidered cards, specifically Valentines. I wish you all joy and happiness on this special day of love.

 

 

The tutorial gives all the ins and outs of embroidering cards, from choice of cardstock size and attaching embroidery.  Check it out and please leave a comment at Stitching Sewcial if you find it helpful or inspiring.  Here are a few of the other samples.  Details of each are included at Stitching Sewcial:

 

 

The front embroidery is covered and inside text is Minnie’s quote.  It reads:

 

This one is for our 6 yo granddaughter.  The inside text reads, “Vivian Rose, you are our favorite princess.”

More are posted.  I had a hard time stopping, since these are so much fun to make.

But much more has been going on since I last posted here at Janice Ferguson Sews.  Of course, Christmas was pure joy, with both of our children joining us with all four of our precious grandchildren.  It doesn’t get any better than that.

Many gifts were stitched. Mug rugs caught my attention and I made several for my daughter-in-law, but didn’t manage to get a photo.  These are so much fun and make great gifts.  She is our nature girl and really liked the apron I embroidered for her with this fabulous bear from Urban Threads. Continue reading