My husband’s cousin is getting married next month, and since we couldn’t make it to Bombay for the wedding I wanted to at least send a special card. I decided to make a card with the groom and bride’s initials. The card I made was very simple to stitch up but I think it packs a big visual punch! This is how I made it…
To make a monogrammed greeting card:
- You will need:
- A blank card and envelope (the thicker the paper, the better)
- Fabric scraps
- Embroidery floss and needle
- First, sketch out your letters in pencil. I looked around on the web to find a font that I liked.
- Next, cut out scraps of fabric for the thick parts of your letters and glue them in place.
- Now you are ready to embroider the outline. Using a running stitch, carefully go around each letter. This should be done very delicately to avoid ripping holes in the paper card. A few tips that may help with this step:
- You may choose to poke holes around the outline prior to stitching so that you have an easier time stitching through the paper.
- I found it helpful to hold my card up to a window/light as I was stitching so I could see my pencil outline from the back of the card and know where to my needle in.
- Go as slow as you need to!!!
(And the back)
- You may like the way your card looks like at this point and stop here. I wanted to embellish my letters a bit more, so I used 3 strands of my embroidery floss to add some additional detail. I reused some of the holes in the card I’d already made so I didn’t weaken the paper too much. Other ways to embellish your letters could include adding beads, sequins, fancy embroidery stitches or going around the outline in a different colour of embroidery floss. You could also add a border.
The result has a really nice raised effect…
I think this is terrific for a greeting card (what about writing “Ho Ho Ho” or “Joy” for a Christmas card?), but there are lots of other possibilities for using this lettering technique. You could write out a baby or kid’s name to hang in their room, monogram a cushion or tote bag… the possibilities are endless!