Happy Scrappy Note Cards

Create these gorgeous ‘Happy Scrappy’ one of a kind note cards in just a few simple steps!

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If you follow my blog, you may have noticed I have a bit of a thing for fabric scraps!!  I’ll even use itty bitty teeny tiny pieces as I can’t bear to throw any scraps away, so this project is ideal for using up those little odds and ends 🙂

You will need:

Fabric scraps

Mini blank cards – mine are A7, so 3 inches x 4 inches (you can always make your own using cardstock, cut your card 6 inches x 4inches and fold in half)

Sewing Machine

Thread – various colours if possible

Optional

Printed words – don’t worry if you don’t have any, the cards look just as cute without them 🙂

Iron – if your scraps are anything like mine and a bit unruly, it’s best to give them a quick iron (or finger press if no iron is available)

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Step 1

The first thing to do is make sure your fabric scraps are relatively flat, it just makes it easier for passing through the sewing machine.

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 2

If you are adding paper words /sentiments to your cards then prepare them now.

I recommend leaving a good bit of space at the top for the thread to be sewn over without obscuring the text.

 

 

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Step 3

Now it’s time to lay out your scraps and words on your cards ready for the sewing machine.  I like to prepare at least 12 at a time as I find it easier deciding on the scraps I want to use for each card but you can do it one at a time if that’s easier.

There is no right or wrong way to set out your scraps…….. just remember to make sure you can see the words if you’re adding them!!! 😉

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Step 4

Now for the best bit, seeing your creations all sewn up and ready to use!!!

I recommend using an old needle when sewing with paper or card as it quickly becomes blunt.  I keep an old one handy for these kind of projects 🙂

If possible, use coloured thread as it adds a little something extra to the overall effect of the card.

Ok, ready??  Sit your card under the needle and CAREFULLY (and slowly) pass the card through your machine remembering to backstitch at the start and end of your fabric.  You might find it helpful to hold down the scraps and card (at a safe distance from the needle!!!) as you pass it all through the machine.

Woohoo!!!  You’re all done…….now sit back and congratulate yourself on your new pretty cards!!!!

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Spooky Halloween Embellishments

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I found a pile of Halloween paper scraps in my stash the other day so I decided to tackle them once and for all.  I’d been saving even the teensiest tiny pieces and, rather than throw them into the paper recycling bin, I thought I’d make some ‘Spooky’ embellishments 🙂

These are so easy to make, and a little addictive too if I’m being honest!  (look out for my Christmas version coming soon hahaha!!.  You don’t need a die cutting machine or paper punches for my version, but go ahead and use those if you prefer a perfect circle.

Anyway, back to the project in hand!! Grab yourself the following items:

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  • Paper scraps ( I also used vintage paper scraps)
  • Buttons
  • Needle and thread (or glue gun if preferred)
  • Scissors
  • Trims (not essential)
  • Letter stickers (not essential)
  • Any other bits & bobs you think will add to your overall design
  • Sewing machine (optional)

First thing to do is create some squares and rectangles by neatening up your scraps.  They do not need to be perfect, just a rough squarish shape will be just fine.  The biggest piece I cut was approx 2.75 inch squared, the smallest was about 1 inch squared.  Just work with what you have…..there is no right or wrong when creating these, everything and anything goes!! (my kinda crafting 🙂 )

Cut up your trim into smaller pieces if you’re using them.

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Now cut out your circles.  I do this by snipping about 1/8 inch into the square and then rotate the paper close to the edge as I cut.  Your circle won’t be perfect but then handmade is always better when it’s perfectly imperfect!!   Cut out a few rectangles / banners too.

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All that’s left to do now is to decide on how you want to layer your embellishments and sew sew sew!! (or glue if you’re using that instead).  I played about with the shapes until I got the colour / pattern combo that worked best for me.  I  then machine sewed a few and used a needle and thread for others.    This is all about having fun…unleash your inner witch and create spellbinding embellishments!!

 

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Use your new Spooky embellishments to adorn tags, scrapbook pages, planner pockets, cards……whatever and wherever takes your fancy!!

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