Sew your messages on handmade cards

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  • Thursday, 16 Jan 2014

Try paper-stitching to add impact to the written word.

EMBROIDERED notebook projects are popping up all over Pinterest and Instagram. While it is definitely a cool art technique, embroidering on paper is actually easier said than done.

While it only requires you to know the most basic of sewing skills (how to make a backstitch), the harder bit involves keeping your paper “whole” throughout the process.

The risk of your paper tearing is especially high when you are using a thin sheet.

For starters, try embroidering on hard card paper instead, as we’ve done in the accompanying tutorial. Inspired by vintage neon signages, our quirky quote cards can be used to jazz up a plain wall, with the help of some colourful masking tape, of course.

If you haven’t any awl on you to pierce the holes, a darning needle will do just fine. Once you’ve gone pro, you can sew with fewer strands of embroidery floss (two strands would be perfect) and a thinner needle.

So instead of writing your messages on handmade cards, why not sew them on?

Hand-sewn quote cards

Skill level: Easy
Time required: 30 minutes
Stuff you’ll need: Black card stock, A4 paper, cutting mat, awl, darning needle, colourful embroidery floss, scissors, masking tape, marker pen, cutter and ruler.

1. Cut the black card stock and A4 paper in half, length-wise.

2. Design and write a short, punchy quote on one of the A4 sheets.

3. Secure one of the black card stocks onto the cutting mat with masking tape.

4. Tape your design on top of the black card stock.

5. Using the awl, carefully punch holes at regular intervals along each letter. Keep the intervals smaller on curves. Remove the stencil and the black card stock from the mat when done.

6. With a darning needle and thread, start “connecting” the dots – make backstitches through the holes following the design of each letter. Keep going until the end, then make a knot and snip off excess thread. Tape your hand-sewn design on the wall.

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