October 28, 2011
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Christmas is just around the corner and gift cards are the perfect one-size-fits-all. Who couldn't use a gas card, grocery card, movie card, or restaurant card? This quick and easy project can be individualized for each recipient to add a personal touch.
5" by 9" felt
Embroidery design of choice, 1.5" x 1.5" maximum
Thread to match
Adhesive tear-away stabilizer
Air-soluble marking pen
- Cut felt to the size of the pattern. Mark the pattern's intersecting crosshair on the felt with an air-soluble marker.
- Hoop adhesive tear-away stabilizer and lightly score inside the hoop edge, careful to cut through only the paper backing. Tear the paper away from the hoop to expose the adhesive stabilizer.
- Finger press the felt in place, lining up the center marks of the hoop with the crosshair on the felt for central design placement.
- Stitch out the design of your choice. Carefully tear the adhesive stabilizer away from the felt.
- With the stitched design right-side down, fold the bottom square end of felt up 2 ½" to create the gift card pocket.
- Starting at a bottom corner at the fold, stitch up the side, around the front flap, and down the other side to close using a blanket stitch or overcast stitch.
- Fold the flap to the front and the holder is ready for a gift card.
They can be used like this and inserted in a card or attached to another gift, or attach a decorative cord or ribbon to make a tree-ornament hanger.
- Embroider small single monograms for personalization.
- Metallic thread will give a more luxurious appearance.
- I like the dimensional contrast in this project, but if you don't want your stitches to sink into the felt quite as much, use a water-soluble stabilizer on top of the felt.
These could be adapted for any occasion: birthday, baby shower, wedding gift, or appreciation gift, depending on the embroidery design chosen. Make several to have on hand when you need them. Hope you find many uses for them!