For the Love of Pattern

Using Every Last Scrap

Studio ProjectsAbby Leigh EckerComment

I always find that I have this reoccurring problem. I save every last scrap of fabric and I rarely use them. I just seem to be holding on to these scraps thinking one day I'll find a use for them. I decided to take some time out of my day to finally make something with these scraps that I've been saving. Today I want to share the fun project that I've started to use up all of my fabric scraps. I'm making handmade cards. 

The finished product

The finished product

I collected the following supplies from my studio: fabric scraps, card stock paper, envelopes, and thread. I like to use my sewing machine for projects like this because it's quicker but hand sewing works just as well. 

It's a good idea to first determine the envelope size that you want to use so you can cut the card stock paper to size. Paper Source is a great resources for envelopes and they have lots of beautiful colors to choose from. I decided to purchase A2 envelopes so that I could simply cut a piece of card stock paper in half to make two cards and baby envelopes because I love miniature cards.

Once I chose my envelopes, I determined how to cut my paper and cut several cards to size with a paper trimmer. I cut the paper cards slightly smaller than the envelopes so that they are able to fit inside the envelopes without tearing them. I scored and folded the cards in half with a bone folder. At this point everything is prepared for card making and I was ready to move to the next step. To go along with my theme and business name, For the Love of Pattern, I decided to start with cutting heart shapes to decorate my cards. I made paper heart stencils and started cutting hearts out of all my different fabric scraps. 

After I had a stack of fabric hearts cut, I matched them with the different papers that I had prepared. Then I placed the heart where I wanted it to stay on the front of the card and sewed it around the edge. I did not use a pin, as this will put a permanent mark on the paper. I found that the fabric stays in place just fine so there was no need for a pin, but you could use archival double sided tape to keep the fabric in place if necessary. 

the process of making homemade cards

the process of making homemade cards

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy project. It's a fun way to use up those fabric scraps you've been saving and a way to be as creative as you'd like to be with matching different paper colors, envelope colors/styles and fabric shapes to decorate the cards.

"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul."