If you are anything like me you will have looked at the date sometime in the past week and had a bit of a meltdown about how near we are to Christmas -and how unprepared you are! I'm here to help with this Stitchbook Card tutorial so you can make a Christmas card that's also a unique and thoughtful gift (perhaps it will transform an accompanied box of chocolates from hastily purchased emergency gift into a meaningful present!).
I particularly like to use vintage photographs in my Stitchbooks and in this tutorial I have used an old photograph of my Dad visiting Father Christmas when he was a child. However you could use whatever photograph you would like, from a favourite Christmas memory to a recent snap. Whichever you chose you will need in digital format, so you'll need to scan in those oldies using a computer and scanner (or perhaps you can use a scanning app on your phone? I've never tried.)
Supplies You will Need:
How to make your Stitchbook card:
1. Chose a photograph to go onto your card and prepare it for printing on your computer - remember that you will probably need to flip it horizontally for your transfer paper to work (read the instructions though beforehand!)
I resized my image to (5.5cm x 7.5cm) before printing so it would fit on my card.
Load your transfer paper into your printer and print out your photograph onto the white side of the paper. Place your picture image side down on your cotton fabric and iron over to transfer the image according to the manufacture's instructions.
2. Cut your fabric scraps into small pieces for your background. Place on your felt rectangle and arrange until you are happy with the layout. Chose a range of sizes and play around with how they look.
Pin them in place and sew around all edges of the fabric to secure to your felt. I have used a sewing machine (a small zig-zag stitch) for this stage but your could sew them by hand.
3. Trim your photo so that the edges are neat and position on top of the fabric. I like to leave a little white border on the edge of the photo because it makes sewing easier, but you don't have to.
Sew around your photo to secure it to the felt. If you are using a sewing machine you can attach the photo by zigzagging around the edges to reduce fraying. If you are hand-sewing I recommend that you turn under the fabric edges before sewing for the same reason.
4. Plan and make your text. I have used small fabric stampers on cotton ribbon but you could also embroider the lettering on if you want. I use regular stamper ink (your card isn't going to go in the wash!) and hand-sew the tape to the card to give it a hand-made feel.
5. Add any embellishments to your Stitchbook card by sewing them to the fabric. You can use buttons, lace, ribbon or sequins to create a Christmassy feel. In fact this is a great excuse to go haberdashery shopping!
I used a line of white sequins, a blue button and a piece of cotton fabric stamped with a christmas stamper (the same method as the stamped lettering) and attached them by hand.
6: Glue the back of your sewing using spray mount or PVA/ white glue and press onto the front of your blank greetings card. Leave to dry and then write your card and post it to your very lucky recipient!
Good Luck! Let me know how your Stitchbooking goes, please comment below to ask any questions or share your good work!
If you don't have the time, the skills or the patience to make your own Stitchbook Card, you can always commission one from me! Just visit my online shop for more information.
Kim is a textile artist based in Portsmouth. She studied Illustration at Kingston University before becoming a textiles teacher. She combines the two disciplines to create retro inspired fabric artworks and playful images of pop culture.