hand-stitched greeting card tutorial
{from make & takes}

by @according2kelly on November 26, 2012

for the entire month of november we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season.

& the holidays are coming a wee bit earlier for a few lucky readers, thanks to our three amazing giveaways. be sure to head over to today’s featured blogger {Make and Takes} for a chance to win a silhouette portrait, decoart paints & stencils, and michael’s gift card.

so dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects.

rev up your mixers, & visit a southern fairytale for lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss.

& to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger is the marie of Make and Takes. marie writes…

Hey there crafters! I’m Marie of Make and Takes and so happy to be here sharing a fun and fabulously cheap gift idea for the holidays. I’ve turned one of my hand-stitched greeting cards into a journal. Now it’s double the handmade! Your mom is going to love it or the kid’s teachers at school!

Here’s what you need:

  • any size greeting card – or a hand-stitched greeting card
  • 4-6 sheets of white paper
  • scissors and/or paper slicer
  • hole punch
  • twine or thread

1. You can use any greeting card you have on hand, handmade or store-bought. See here if you’d like to stitch up a fun embroidery card.

2. With your paper slicer, cut your plain white paper in half to fit into your card. I used 4 sheets of paper to create 8 folded pieces of paper for the journal. You’ll fold each piece in half and then slide it inside your card. Now, some of the white paper may stick out of the card, as it’s now bulked up from being folded in half with a lot of other pages. You can trim down some of the paper, or all of the paper, to be smaller than the card.

3. When you’ve got your paper and card all lined up and ready, it’s time to punch the holes. You’ll want to punch holes at the top and at the bottom. And you’ll want your holes to all match up. I like to punch my card’s holes first, then line up my paper underneath and punch through the card hole and the paper.

4. Get your twine or thread or embroidery floss and cut enough off so it will go through the first hole, behind the card, and back through the second hole.

5. Pull your twine tight, you don’t want a floppy journal or papers flying around. Then tie off your twine. I tied it at the outside in this below photo, but I actually turned my twine’s tie through the holes and it is in the inside in the first photo. You’ll have to decide where you want your tie to live. I think it looks cute either way.

Now it’s ready for gifting during the holidays!

Here are a few other ideas for quick and easy crafts to make and give too:

Happy Holidays!

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for more great ideas be sure to visit marie her blog make and takes, & follow her every move on twitter, facebook, & pinterest.

about marie: She’s a mother of 3 living in the Pacific Northwest. Always having a love of crafts, she enjoys getting messy with glue and glitter. There’s always some sort of project going on, her kitchen counter is often cluttered with crafts. When she’s not crafting and creating with her kids, she loves to run, read, and blog!

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