Stitched Thank You Cards

As some of you know, I had surgery, a fairly lengthy hospital stay and recovery time at home (technically, still in effect) recently.  Our friends and family didn’t forget about me, sending over candles and lotions and flowers and magazines.  Now that I’m pretty much back on my feet, it’s time for the thank you’s.

I had to make the cards.  Had to.  Ok, chose to.  I wanted them to be special.  I was meandering through the craft store and saw large paper tags for scrapbooking and thought they’d make cute cards.  I’ve also been wanting to try sewing on cards, so here’s what I came up with.

You can print the card and envelope here on cardstock.  There are three cards per sheet, but only one envelope, so you’ll need to print the envelope page alone twice to come out right.  Cut out all pieces along the gray lines. 

Cut out 18 rectangles of fabric, 1 3/8″ by 1 3/4″.  Cut 2 pieces 1/2″ by 2 1/2″.  Iron onto card, using  a small scrap of fusible web (like Wonder Under or Steam-a-Seam) for each rectangle, no steam.  The adhesive doesn’t need to be as big as the rectangle, just a little bit to hold it in place.  The two longer pieces go on the card as shown in the photos.

Trim away the fabric covering the notch on the envelope.  You’ll notice on the card in my examples, there’s a lot of white space showing on the edges.  I increased the size of the fabric on the other cards to the dimensions above to fix that.

Zigzag stitch between all the rectangles, backstitching at ends to secure.  Stitch across the top edge of the back envelope piece and across the top edge and notch of the front.  Stitch a row through the middle of the fabric on the card, pulling the ends to the back and knotting.

Lay front and back of envelope, wrong sides together and stitch down sides and across bottom.  Punch a hole in the top of the card and tie on a piece of ribbon.

Carefully slide the card into the envelope.  If you’re mailing these, they will fit in a regular invitation-size envelope (5 3/4″ by 4 3/8″) and don’t require any extra postage.

All this bright color, and one of my favorites turned out to be the black and white one.

Although, I kinda love them all.


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