Step 1: Different Versions
Here are the horses I made using the wool roving. I am still experimenting with them. The red, yellow, and orange yarn were made with wool roving and the blue and white sections were made using regular yarn.I embroidered the outline and filled in the body and mane section with the roving.
After trying horses, I decided to make a card with schnauzers and cats instead. I was happier with the results.
These instructions are for the dog version but the cats are made almost the same way; except I used different embellishments and the back ground was formed by sewing blocks of fabric together.
Step 2: Supplies
1 Contrasting cotton fabric 5" X 6" Pocket
1 Iron on interfacing 5" X 6" (optional) This will stabilize the pocket.
2 White felt pieces 4 1/2" X 6" Bone
1 Piece of light weight cardboard 4 1/2" X 6"
2 Brown felt circles for the dog cookie.
1 Batting or cotton approx 4 1/2" X 6" This is for the filler inside the bone to make pin cushion.
2 Black ribbon 8" This will be the closure for the card.
1 Yarn or roving for the body of the dog. You don't need a full skein but I don't know how much to tell you. (scraps)
1 Small strip of contrast fabric 7 1/2" X 2 1/2"
Embroidery needle and hoop
Very large needle to poke holes in envelope.
1 Small piece of contact paper to cover needle booklet.
1 Small Googly eye
Brown tube paint for paws
1 package of gum as shown. The empty box will become the needle booklet.
1 paint sample card or a piece of cardboard for the needle packet.
Several buttons for embellishments. I used dog bone buttons and 1 small button for the pocket.
1 decorative paper for the envelope.
Sewing notations to include in the gift card, needles, pins, thimble, tape measure, needle threader, and small scissors.
Step 3: Tools
Iron/ Ironing board
Pencil or pen
You may use embroidery iron on transfer pencils for the design.
Felting block this was listed on the supply list as well.
Felting needle this was listed on the supply list also.
Glue gun if using this type of glue.
Step 4: Cutting the Pattern
Fold the card fabric in half lengthwise and press.
Fold again to form the card.
Cut out the dog.
Center the dog picture on the fabric and trace around it.
Step 5: Interfacing
Step 6: Dog Bone
Fold the white felt fabric in half.
Place the paper bone over the folded felt.
Pin into place.
Trace around the bone.
Cut the fabric bone out.
Repeat this process using the batting. I cut out 3 bones from the batting because my batting was thin.
Layer the batting between the felt bones.
Pin into place.
Machine stitch or hand sew around the outside edges.
Draw some paws on the bone.
Using the tube paint color the paws.
Set aside to dry.
Cut out 2 more bones, one from cardboard and one from paper. This will be used for the card message later.
Step 7: Dog Cookie
Cut out 2-3 round circles the same size from batting for the cushion.
On one felt circle sew a bone button in the center. I did this after I stitched the cookie together and it was more difficult.
Layer the batting circles between the felt circles and pin into place.
Stitch around the cookie as shown.
Step 8: Pocket
Turn up the bottom edge of the fabric 4" to form the pocket.
Now make a small double hem.
Machine stitch or hand sew the sides of the pocket as shown.
Trim loose threads.
Make a single narrow hem along the top and sides of the pocket flap with the iron.
Press into place and pin.
Fold the top section to from a triangle.
Hand stitch or glue the flaps.
Turn pocket right side out and press.
Hand sew a button to the pocket section of the fabric as shown.
Fold the flap where you want it and press.
Mark where the button hole should go.
Carefully make a slit for the button hole using the scissors.
Step 9: Needle Booklet
Fold a small paint chip sample in half trimming as necessary to fit inside (see picture.)
You will need to make 2 of these to hold the needles.
Cut 2 small pieces of black or brown felt that will be glued to the cardboard to secure the needles. See bottom note.
Fold the black ribbon in half and glue it to the center of the needle box as shown.
I only covered half the folded card with felt because I thought it would be too thick to insert into the slot, but you could cover the entire section on one side and I think it would look nicer.
Step 10: Embroider
The whiskers did not show up so I would no do them.
Step 11: Needle Felting
Then using the roving needle separate the strands of yarn.
Using the roving block and roving needle; start filling in the inside of the lines as shown.
Place the block under the cloth and place the yarn next to the lines.
Using the needle in an upright position begin poking at the yarn through the fabric and into the block.
Repeat this process in a stabbing motion with the needle inserted close to the previous spot.
Poke poke poke poke and keep on poking until the yarn is packed tightly like a thick mat.
Videos are available on YouTube showing this method.
Step 12: Eyes and Collar
Fold the collar strip in half lengthwise and press.
Open it up and fold each long side toward the center and press.
Fold the ends to form a point and press.
Fold it lengthwise again and press.
Hand sew the open seam.
Position the collar on the neck of the dog.
Glue or sew the collar to the neck as shown.
Sew on the dog bone button.
Step 13: Sew Embellishments
Arrange the cookie, pocket, and dog bone as shown and pin into place while you hand sew them to the fabric card.
Do not sew the seam where the message goes. This is the pocket for the card or bone. It actually has two pockets. One for the card and one for the sewing notations.
Step 14: Sew Sides
Fold it lengthwise with right sides together.
Mark center on both sides and pin the edge of the black ribbon so the ribbon is between the 2 layers of fabric centered on the edges so the ribbon will only be stitched at one end. I usually pin the excess towards the center of the fabric so I don't sew it incorrectly.
Sew both ends either by hand or machine.
Turn right side out and press. See bottom note.
I had to modify this step because I did not sew the ribbon at the same time I stitched the sides.
Step 15: Hem
Hand sew to make a nice finished edge.
Trim loose threads and press hem section.
Step 16: Paint Paws
Allow to dry.
After they have dried fill the card with all the notations.
Step 17: Card Envelope
Using a large needle punch holes in each corner of the blocks as shown.
Using embroidery thread and a needle carefully pull the thread through the holes on the address side of the envelope and tie 2 knots and trim excess thread.
Sew on a dog bone button.
I stapled the envelope shut but it would look better if you glued it.
Paint some paws on the envelope and address it if you will be mailing it.
I would use a larger envelope padded with bubble wrap so the needle kit does not get crushed during shipping.
Step 18: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts
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