DIY Fabric Scrap Craft Tutorial: Christmas Tree Greeting Card
If you are familiar with some of my other craft projects, you'll know that I love fabric scraps. I've never met one I wanted to throw away. The result of that is a sewing room with bins full of scraps in every shape, size, and color.
Deep down in my heart, I know that I'm never going to use all of the fabric, but I keep it just in case. A while ago I found that the bins were completely full, so I challenged myself to use up the scraps for projects.
Slowly but surely, the bins are getting emptier, and I'm filling my house with cute crafty items. In the case of these Christmas cards, I'm getting a nice jump start on the holidays.
I know that my friends and family will enjoy getting these. Each one is unique and made from the heart, and they are different from the run-of-the-mill printed cards. I can finish a card quickly with only a little preparation, and I should have a stack of them for the upcoming holidays in a couple of weeks.
I hope you enjoy this project as much as I do.
Supplies You'll Need
It's time to raid your fabric stash and pull out your favorite greens, reds and other holiday fabrics. Not all of the scraps in this collection are Christmas-themed. Many are red or green pieces that I used in other projects. All of them combine to give a festive look.
Here's what you'll need:
- Fabric scraps in various sizes and colors
- Fabric scissors
- Pinking shears (optional)
- Scrapbooking scissors with decorative edges (optional)
- Double-sided craft tape
- Card stock in various colors
- Rotary cutter
- Rotary cutting mat
Use Older Tools
Nothing dulls scissors or needles like sewing and cutting through paper. Use old tools when at all possible.
1. Sew the Fabric Together
Sewing the fabric together doesn't take much time; it just takes a little planning.
- Assemble the pieces you want and, using a rotary cutter, trim up the edges for easier sewing.
- Pair up fabric pieces, lining up the edges, and prepare to sew. I match up pairs and put them on a pile before I start. Then I chain sew the pairs together.
- Once done, snip the string between the sewn pairs apart, and press open.
- Treating the pairs like individual fabric pieces, repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have a piece of fabric large enough for the tree template.
2. Get the Paper Ready
You'll need the following sizes for one card that will fit in a legal envelope.
- 1 piece of white card stock, cut with regular scissors : 3 3/4" X 8 7/8"
- 1 piece of colored card stock, cut with decorative edge scissors: 3 1/4" X 8"
You can switch any of the colors for a different look, and if you don't have pinking shears or decorative edge scissors for the colored piece, any scissors will do.
3. Cut the Tree Shape Out of the Fabric
For the triangle template, you'll need:
- 1 piece of card stock cut 2 1/2" X 6"
Cut a triangle out of the rectangle by marking the center point of one of the shorter ends and then, using a rotary cutter, cut from one of the corners of the card stock to the center point. Repeat on the other side.
4. Sew the Fabric Tree to the Card Stock
- Center the triangle in the upper part of the smaller piece of card stock with the decorative edge and sew.
- Because the fabric shifts a little bit, I find that it helps to sew from one corner of the base of the tree, go up one side, down the other, and then across the bottom, ending at the starting point.
- Then I do a quick zigzag through the center of the tree. It adds a little dimension to project.
- Snip the threads on the front and the back.
5. Add the Text
Print out the message of your choice on card stock. So that I'm not wasting paper, I like to repeat the message across an entire piece of paper.
When setting up the document, I leave enough space around the text so that the message fits on a piece of paper measuring 1" X 2 3/8".
- Cut out one of the messages.
- Put a piece of double-sided tape on the back.
- Carefully place the message on the front of the card, underneath the tree shape.
- Press to adhere.
Possible Messages for Your Card
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
Blessings of the Season
Peace on Earth
6. Final Assembly
You are now ready to stick the tree portion of the card to the base.
- Put two pieces of double-sided tape on the back of the sewn card stock, one along the top, and one along the bottom.
- Center this piece onto the white card stock base and press to adhere.
Your card is done. Write a personalized message on the back and it's ready to go.
Everyone will love getting one of these unique homemade Christmas cards.
For the Back of the Card
I like to hand write a note on my cards, but with a little planning, you can preprint a generic message on the back. Just make sure it fits the size you need.
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