Wanna show Mom you really love her, but not prepared get your arm inked with her name? I'll show you how to make these easy, tattoo inspired, embroidered Mother's Day cards! All you need are…
Scraps of fabric and ribbon
Needle, thread, scissors and your sewing machine
Fabric paint, paintbrush, fabric marker or permanent marker
Pre-made blank cards or card stock that is cut and folded into cards
First paint some hearts on a scrap of fabric (I used muslin) At the end of this post there is a page of patterns for these cards that you can download and trace!
After the hearts dry, trim them so there is just a little square of fabric around each. (if you prefer to embroider using a hoop then wait to do this step until after you embroider them) Also cut out the little banners and sew them onto the hearts.
Now you can use the pattern to embroider "Mom" on the banners or hearts, and add arrows. Here is a great tutorial on transferring embroidery patterns. I used a back stitch on everything except the arrow tip where I used a satin stitch – Super Easy!
Then just sew the swatch of fabric onto your card. Make sure to lay the card open so you don't sew it shut. If you don't have a machine this can be done by hand…
Why stop there? The possibilities are endless! How about some ribbon? For this card let's leave off the banner, add the arrow and sew ribbon onto the card before sewing the heart on…
Now what about adding some lovely Fluffiness? Just put a pinch of poly-fill under the heart swatch before you sew it onto the card – oh that is Fun! fun fluffy goodness! sorry I am getting a little worked up… oh and it's fun to add matching ribbon, cut paper, etc to the envelopes.
Hang with me for this last one… Cut out a piece of fabric the same size as your card, and two little strips of fabric. Trim around the shape of two hearts. Sew the big piece of fabric to the card, and overlap the strips and sew along the sides and bottom so you create a little pocket. Then sew one heart on outside of the bottom of the pocket, and sew just the corner of the other heart on so it hangs down into the pocket.
hmmm… so I accidentally sewed this one shut, but that's ok – it can be a postcard! That will be fun because Mom gets to take fabric out of the mailbox without an envelope to cover up the surprise! Just draw the words and arrow on this one with your marker.
I could just keep going but then where would I stop? so I will let you do your thing now! Please share your cards in the lovely bud Flickr pool and click here to see the link-ups I share my projects on. Click HERE for the artwork I am GIVING AWAY and click HERE for the market bag I am GIVING AWAY!