I love to throw dinner parties. And I love to provide a little something special that adds to the table, and that guests can take home. An autumn dinner inspired these place cards.
While tutoring a young girl in sewing the past few months, I came up with this idea after my first class with her. I had my student sewing on paper to practice her stitching skills, and realized that the results were pretty, versatile and well suited for paper-crafting.
For this easy craft, I combined leaves and paper. Here is all you need to make lovely place cards for your table.
Step 1: Materials and Supplies
- Place cards (I got mine at Paper Source, and scored and folded them)
- Patterned paper
- Small leaf punches, Sizzix or Cricut leaf dies, or scissors
- Glue stick
- Coordinating thread
- Sewing machine
- Felt tipped markers, or computer printed names
Step 2: Choosing and Cutting Shapes
For this project I used leaf shapes. But this would be cute with hearts, or other geometric shapes.
Punch or cut shapes from patterned paper.
I recommend using ½’ to 1” long shapes. Use between 3 and 5 leaves per card. If you want to cut your leaves free-hand, just fold paper in half and cut. Pointed ovals are easy to cut, or can cut out maple leaf shapes, oak leaves… a poplar leaf is basically an upside down heart. Use your imagination (or the internet!).
Step 3: Secure Shapes Before Sewing
Use a glue stick to lightly adhere the leaves to the card. Take care not to use a large amount of glue, as it will gum up the needle during the sewing process.
Step 4: Sew Shapes to Card
Once all the cards are glued, sew to secure leaves. Make sure each leaf has at least a couple stitches in it. Using a swirly stitch pattern suggests wind-swept leaves. If you’re apprehensive about stitching free-hand, you can lightly draw a stitch pattern in pencil as a guide.
Step 5: Glue Names to Cards
When all the cards are sewn, hand write guest names or print on computer, cut out, and glue onto cards. Your cards are finished.
Step 6: Final Thoughts
This craft is a great way to introduce children to the sewing process, and even help adults learn how to sew.
Think of the possibilities for all types of cards... perhaps a Christmas gift follow-up is called for? You can also make greeting cards, stationery, and thank-you cards.
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