- Put your stash of embroidery, crafting and sewing supplies to use.
- Make gifts for family, friends or residents in nursing homes and senior centers.
- Experiment with color!
- Relax with this creative and productive outlet.
As a hoarder of scrapbook paper, I don’t actually make anything. Instead, I flip through the stack of paper to admire the colors and patterns. The papers are too pretty to waste on just anything. Someday I’ll make something special.
That someday is now!
I volunteered to make Easter cards for a local senior center.
It was a bold and confident move to volunteer. But then reality set in. Exactly how will I make the cards?
The answer was easy: with my embroidery machine!
Floral Easter Eggs from Kreations by Kara. (I used Egg 5.)
The inspiration came from two cards I received from a dear friend, and regular contributor to the magazine, Joanne Banko. She used felt to embroider the cards. The cards were so fun to receive and I love the technique. I keep one on my desk at work and one on the refrigerator at home.
- Assorted colors of embroidery thread
- Card stock Paper
- Felt: I purchased 8 sheets of pre-cut felt from a big box store in several colors. I fit 2 Easter eggs per sheet. Once I stitched 16 Easter egg designs, I realized I was committed to this task. I purchased yardage of felt (on sale at this time of year!). I was able to hoop the fabric to fit more designs. I chose to use white felt because it gave me more freedom with thread colors.
I cut the felt into long strips wide enough to fit a 5″ x 7″ standard hoop or Snap Hoop Monster. I rotated the embroidery design 90 degrees to make the design horizontal.
Stitch the design on the entire strip of fabric. Leave enough room for trimming around each design. The design I used has multiple thread colors. For variety I stitched some eggs in one color while others I stitched in multiple colors. If you have little ones that want to help, consider having them select the thread colors. You can’t go wrong with this project.
I also considered the recipients and what colors they might like. Some embroidered eggs are more masculine with navy blue, brown and emerald green. Those turned out to be among my favorites.
As the embroidery machine was stitching, I cut card stock paper. I used 12” x 12” sheets of card stock. I cut the sheets in half to make two cards per sheet. Then I scored the card to make the fold. To conserve paper, you could just make a single sided card.
Once the Easter eggs were finished stitching, I trimmed close to the edges, leaving about a ¼ inch around the design.
I took the opportunity to pull out all my craft supplies, including ribbons, trim, buttons and brads. I’ve also made it my challenge to use up nearly all my scrapbook paper—even the ‘special’ paper with extra sparkles. It doesn’t do me any good hoarding the supplies and it is fun to find interesting ways to decorate each card.
I was bored with the solid colored card stock so to add texture I pulled out my little New Home sewing machine. It doesn’t have as many features as I’m used to (where’s the automatic needle threader?) but it has decorative stitches ideal for my cards.
Once you’re happy with the added embellishments, use a hot glue gun to attach the design to the card stock. Be sure to add a sentiment inside the card.
Can you tell which one is my favorite? 😉 I was excited to find a use for the hounds-tooth paper and the bow button.
At the time of this blog post, I’ve stitched 45 Easter egg designs. My first goal is to reach 50—which will be done tonight. Then the new goal will be 75… because that’s the Blue Hair Girl way!