How to Make Button-Embellished Cards
August 30th, 2014
July 23rd, 2014
A set of cute ribbon and button–embellished cards in blues and yellows.
A selection of some ribbons and buttons I used. Pick a color story that you really love.
Poke holes in the card to make a guide for sewing on the buttons.
When is the last time you got a nice handwritten note from a friend? Can’t remember? Well, it seems that the art of letter writing is almost lost to us. Sure, e-mails are easier, but a handwritten note is something really special. Let me tell you, the only thing better than a handwritten note is a handmade and handwritten note. When I was about 14, I had a really great pen pal. We were both artistically inclined and would turn our letters and envelopes into mini works of art. One envelope she sent was encrusted with sewn-on buttons. It was one of my favorites and I still have it to this very day. These cards are definitely inspired by her.
A couple of things to keep in mind when sewing on paper: Make sure to change out your sewing needle before you go back to sewing on fabric, and I think that leather needles sew better on paper.
And one more thing: If you are going to mail these cards, remember that the buttons make them a bit heavier and you might need more postage.
What you’ll need to make two cards:
- Cardstock in two contrasting colors
- X-Acto knife, cutting mat, and ruler
- Decorative-edge scissors and fabric scissors
- Assorted buttons
- Scraps of ribbon
- Glue stick or spray adhesive
- Sewing machine
- Needle and thread
1. Lay out a sheet of cardstock on the cutting mat. Fold the cardstock in half lengthwise, and press the folded edge flat with the side of a ruler. Using a ruler, cut the sheet in half to make two cards that are 4-1/4 inches x 5-1/2 inches.
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