For one or two thousand reasons, sewing on paper does not come immediately to people's minds when they think of lugging out the sewing machine, or strangely enough, even when they think of making Christmas cards. What can I say - it's one of life's great mysteries - BUT this Instructable is going to change all that. From now on you will think paper.... sewing.... Christmas cards... sewing... you are getting very sleepy... your eyelids feel very heavy... when I snap my (virtual) fingers you will awake and think 'I want to sew a Christmas card'. *snap!*
Step 1: What You Will Need
2. A sewing machine
3. Scraps of fabric
4. Really sharp scissors (because really sharp scissors are one of life's great pleasures and besides that you deserve them.
5. Colorful thread
6. Stabilizer paper or tissue paper to place underneath your fabric while sewing
7. An iron
Step 2: Getting Started
I like the production aspect to sewing the cards, so I ripped 30 backgrounds, cut out 15 trees (the negative of the cut out tree is used also) and had them all stacked up with the stabilizer paper ready to sew.
Step 3: Sewing
Afterwards tear off the paper that sticks out from the edges but it is not important to spend the time to tear away the rest as it won't show and adds no bulk.
Step 4: More Sewing
Step 5: Sew Directly Onto the Card After Ironing Flat
It is fun to sew onto paper, it just has a positive feel, again there are no need for pins, just center and sew. As for sewing the greeting I was able to sew Merry Christmas on my first try but after 30 cards I got faster and better, if in doubt practice on some card stock until you are comfortable. I sewed the greeting before I sewed on the fabric design in case I made a mistake it was no big deal to throw out a card. It would have been another story to have to throw out a card with the fabric on it.