My super secret embroidery project

I started writing about this project a few weeks ago, but couldn’t share it until the recipient received it! This all came about when I started using stamps and embroidering them ( not my original idea~ you can read about the inspiration in this post ).

Anyway, I was having so much fun stamping images and embroidering them that I thought I should include the lovely ladies in my facebook group. For those of you who don’t know, I try and issue a “challenge” about once a month where I share an idea or a pattern and I challenge everyone who is interested to participate and come up with something fabulous ( some of the ideas we have done so far have been a mouse pincushion, a heart block, a yoyo project, and button art, just to name a few!). Anyway, I offered to send a stamped image to everyone who sent me a SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope). The requests ( and sweet/touching/funny notes and gifts) came pouring in and I sent out sooo many images! I challenged the participants to embroider their images AND to make them into something of their choice, which we would then share at the end of April. Here are some of those projects:

Aren’t they fun?

As for me, I had a hard time deciding what to make mine into…but finally came up with this idea: A Mother’s Day card for my mom. My mom also embroidered some girls so I knew that a card made with one of them would be meaningful to her. Here are the images my mom embroidered:

My card was super simple to make and I thought it would be fun to share how I made my card in a blog post…so here you go:

1)Embroider your image and trim it down to the desired size:IMG_44322) Choose some cute background paper to layer your embroidery work on:IMG_4434( I got this paper pad at Tuesday Morning for a really good deal, but of course any craft store would carry some pretty paper and you can even choose to buy just one sheet).

3) Now layer your paper on some cardstock ( available at any craft store). Mine is already scored into aΒ  card shape, and comes with the envelope, so all you do is fold it at the score mark and you have a blank card ready to go.Β 4) I always like to tear my background paper…it gives it a neat look, but you could use pretty scissors or just leave the edge straight.Β  Then I glued my background paper down where I wanted it.

 

5) Place your embroidery on top of your background paper and take your work to your sewing machine and carefully and slowly stitch around the edges of your embroidered image:

I opted for some blue, contrasting thread and used my walking foot to help everything move smoothly. ( Sewing through paper will dull your needle so I would recommend you have a dedicated paper needle, or use a needle that needs changing anyway).

This is what it looked like when I was done sewing…front and back.

Then I decided to add some embellishments ….I have tons of embellishments from my scrapbooking and stamping phase so lots of choices! Just get creative with what you have, or take a visit to the scrapbooking section of your local craft store and pick up something fun.

I decided to add some blue twine and added a little metal brad. Then I thought it would be fun to add an “M” for Mother and also for “Martina” ( my mom’s name).IMG_4453All done! And it turned out super sweet!

So next time you need a special card for someone you could use this idea…really simple and it will be cherished, I am sure πŸ˜‰

Until next time~ happy creating!

Monique

 

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