Here are 3 simple paper-crafting techniques you can combine and recombine to create gorgeous holiday cards. I’ve used machine sewing, heat embossing, and paper embroidery to make 2 very different sets of greetings. What other variations can you come up with?
When you use your sewing machine to sew on paper, it’s a good idea to switch to a heavy-duty needle and a teflon presser foot, if available. You may also need to loosen the tension a bit — make a few rows of stitches on a test card to see if this is the case.
Use your test card to sew a practice row before you work on an actual card. Some decorative stitches will need further tension adjustments, and you’ll want to know this before you start stitching on your handmade cards.
At the end of a seam, take the loose end of the thread on the front of the card and thread it onto a hand-sewing needle. Then sew it through to the back of the card, and tie the 2 ends in a double knot. Clip off the excess thread.
If you run machine stitching off the edge of the card, as I’ve done here, don’t worry about knotting the threads at the back of the card. Instead, just wrap both loose ends around to the back and secure them with a small piece of masking tape.
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