Spring is officially here. The tulips are blooming. The robins are tweet-tweeting. And, the air just smells a little sweeter. If you're like me, you probably are ready to welcome this season with a shout from the nearest rooftop. Of course, if you are a little less dramatic and wanting to express your excitement creatively, whip up one of these bright and fun cards for your friends.
All you need is some plain paper cards (I recommend checking with Paper Source -- they have the best color selection and great prices), some random paper scraps, a couple bobbins worth of thread, sewing scissors, paper scissors, a sewing machine, and about an hour to spare. Got all your supplies? Read on.
Step One - A little prep work
First, fill a bobbin with thread. If you want two colors (as shown in the scanned sample), be sure to use a different spool for the top and bottom stitches. Second, cut out a dozen strips of paper that compliment your blank card.
Step Two - Add some pizazz
Pick a stitch. I used an off-kilter zigzag stitch because it made for a super playful looking result. You can arrange your paper strips in stripes or put them on your card more randomly for a blissfully chaotic layout. Experiment -- it's fun!
Step Three - Sew it all together
Trim off the parts of the strips that go past the card's edge. Don't forget to clip the loose threads.
Step Four - Back it up!
Cut out a square that is slightly larger than your circle. Sew it to your card to cover up your sloppy back side and to give yourself a place to write your message. I usually go around the edge about three times before I trim off the excess. Then, I clean-up the edges with a half dozen rotations around. Trim off the loose threads.
Step Five - Hurrah! All done.
Break out your gel pen and markers. Once you're done it's time to get to some good old-fashioned letter writing. If you're looking for a little spring-y message to start off with, consider a seasonal poem or quote. I added Ralph Waldo Emerson's "The earth laughs in flowers" to most of my cards.