I had no idea I was going to be so ambitious about Christmas cards this year, but when the inclination strikes, sometimes I find myself halfway into a project before I consider exactly how long it might take me to accomplish my mental picture of success. That is exactly where I find myself right now… plugging my way through the less-than-crafty end of our Christmas card mailing (the note writing part, that is).
I finished the crafty part several days ago… machine-stitching tiny fabric buntings on white card stock, then stamping glad tidings to complete the look. I really love how these turned out, and the total cost of making about 100 of them was less than $20. Not too shabby, eh? Well, then there’s the whole postage thing which tacks on another $44, but that was a given with any sort of card. Buntings make me happy, and the fabrics I used here were scraps and a couple inexpensive fat quarters I picked up for cheap at my local fabric store.
I went with vibrant teal and red, as well as some scraps of metallic silver quilting fabric I have used for making labels. The cards were pre-scored 5x7s from the local craft store, and all I did was mark a light pencil line where I planned to stitch using a round plate to make a nice “draped” look. I cut the fabric into small triangles, mainly by eyeballing it, and found that 7 fit along the line best and just guesstimated my way with each card as I stitched along. The slight differences in shape of each triangle I find just charming, and I’m sure my recipients will to :)
Since I’ve already addressed the envelopes, all that’s left to do now is write notes to my family and friends and send them on their way! I’m hoping while I finish that up this week I can also perfect a sewing pattern for a dress I’m *hoping* to make for my girls, then snap a nice family photo to include. I’m not holding my breath about either the dresses or the picture, but you never know :) Miracles do happen!
Best wishes for your Christmas preparations as well… may it be a joy, not a chore!
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