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Friday, March 8, 2013

Handmade Fabric Greeting Cards

Hello All:

I needed a birthday card and just refused to pay $5-$10 for a  card from the Market or Drug Store.  So, I decide to make my own card using fabric and my sewing machine

Of course, I had to consult my personal library  the World Wide Webvia Google.  I, actually, found many good posts and blogs about the subject.

I decide to make my card like a string quilt on fondation.  My foundation was piece was a piece of tear-a-way stablizer along with an used store bought card as my template.

I sewed strings of fabric to the stablizer and then glued the stabilize to card stock and then zig-zag along the edges on to the card stock and card.....Bing-Bang-Bong!!

I had a handmade card.  I made a zipper ponch to be the envelop using my walking foot on my Singer machine.  The Birthday Girl who is a big Ravens fan has a card and new zippered make-up bag.....Cool!

By the way, the scraps of fabric are re-cyled fabrics......Really --Cool

Materials cost:  $3.00 (including thread, needles, and strips)- Card
                                    (zipper and pre-quilted mateial 1/3 yard) - make bag (remnant from 2 years ago)

Time: 40 minutes

Results:  Priceless


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Walking Foot

I am devoting 2013 to being fearless in sewing and quilting.....crafting.   Here are my goals:

Using my  Accuquilt go die for cutting 95 percent of the time

Making and applying my own quilt binding

Teaching myself  how machine quilt

Teaching myself  paper foundation piecing

Last, but not least ....using my walking foot for more than binding.

Here is a video that really helped me

  • Also,  you can use the walking foot for piecing various fabrics - specifically for added control when working with plaids, slippery fabrics, and sewing on bias grain (such as the edges of diamond rows in Lone Star or other patterns, bias clothing, triangles, bias binding or mitering corners of quilt borders).  Even applying a zipper...who knew!