I recently came across this tutorial by Merriment Design on a design blog and wondered if I could sew up a hundred or so for my wedding next spring. I decided to give it a test run and stitched up a congratulations card for a friend’s upcoming wedding. I am pretty happy with the results:
I wasn’t sure if my version of the cards (and my less-than-perfect stitching) would create the same effect as the perfectly stitched invitations shown in the tutorial, but I think it turned out great. It was a bit nerve-wracking to stitch on either side of the card, since I didn’t know how it would turn out on the reverse, but the effect of the double zigzag stitching on the front is pretty neat, and so are the tiny holes made by my sewing machine needle.
Of course I jumped at the chance to use the alphabet stitches on my sewing machine!
I definitely recommend giving this project a try. The tutorial on Merriment Design’s site is very clear and comprehensive, and it even has a free Adobe Illustrator text template for download. I would recommend sewing any appliques and paper to the background fabric patch before stitching it to your card to minimize the amount of stitching you need to do on paper and save your machine some wear and tear.
So, I guess I have one prototype down, and about a hundred wedding invites to go!
- The wonderful sewn wedding invitation tutorial from Merriment Design
- This fabric backed business card tutorial from Here’s Looking At Me Kid uses a different technique, but the results are equally awesome!
- Definitely check out this fabric Valentines card and envelope tutorial from Sew Mama Sew! That envelope is gorgeous!