Monday, December 6, 2010

Scrappy Greetings

Confession: I used to chuck my scraps.

Then I discovered quilting blogs and about a gazillion ideas for projects I could use my scraps for. I have done several small scrap projects, including fabric baskets, coffee cozies, zippy pouches, mug rugs and a very funky wrist cuff. Nothing that really makes much of a dent in the scrap pile, though.

The strippy scraps from my two tree skirt projects were just too pretty to throw away, so I turned them into scrappy Christmas cards. Easy!

Scrappy Greetings by Poppyprint

For all the moaning I've done over issues with thread tension on my 'new' machine, I must say, it sews through cardstock like a hot dam! After trimming my strippy scraps into tree shapes that fit onto the blank cards, I sprayed the wrong side of the fabric with 505 temporary adhesive (probably overkill, 404 or 202 would do the job, but I didn't have any). The fabric adhered very well to the paper and allowed me to sew a line around each shape, no problem.

Now I have a set of pretty holiday cards to send to my crafty friends!

21 comments:

Amy said...

Those are perfect! It looks like fun!

felicity said...

Purty!

Andrea C said...

Fantastic idea! I might just do the same.

My Sweet Prairie said...

LOVELY!
in all your spare time (cough cough) if you are ever interested in swapping fabric postcards, let me know! I swap at a yahoogroup called POSTCARDCOTTAGE. Mainly Canadian, with some in the states, even Ireland and Wales! : )

Krista said...

very cool! I wouldn't have though to use a spray adhesive first, so that's a very good tip.

Dianne said...

Your yule cards are splendiferous!! A very crafty use of those lovely Christmasy bits m'dear!

nicolette said...

They look great! What a fun idea!

Quilthaze said...

Lucky friends! Those are so pretty.

carol said...

Well, how fun is that? You are a clever one!! Now I have to find all my left over strips.......and get some blank cards, I guess. No rest for the wicked!

Amy said...

very nice! if ya still have scraps left ya could make table runners too..or hot pads,wallhangings..I am rambling..thanks for sharing,Amy

paulette said...

Love it!! VERY festive...and you get a free high from the glue..it's a win, win!! haha
Paulette

traceyjay said...

love these Krista! :) so cute. I've been wanting to sew some cards for a while... just haven't found the time... but these are so cute.

Mrs Moen said...

Great cards, but just a little warning. I made teeny tiny mini quilts that I attached to cards using the temporary spray adhesive several years ago, and temporary is the key word here, they fell off after a little while.

dutch sisters said...

Very pretty cards! What a great way to use scraps!

Wendy said...

Love your cards. Just another tip - you can also use Bondaweb (Heat and Bond I think it's called in the US) to bond your fabric to the card before sewing - just make sure to use a pressing cloth over the card and applique piece so as not to scorch the card.

Ariane said...

These are just adorable!!! Perfect for the holidays!

myredbike said...

I was just thinking about making some fun cards like that. Yours look great!

ayumills said...

Wow those cards are so much prettier than the ones in retail stores! Love the idea of trees in two different colors!! Oh and I want to thank you for mentioning about the quilting spray. I had no idea what the number (505, etc) meant but now I know! Thank you, Krista!

Madame Samm said...

OPHHHH Krista..I sew resonate with you..did the same thing...now you my dear heart must entertain coming over to Stash Manicure for as a guest blogger...JUST SAY YES lol....no seriously..connect with me...we would love to see your stuff...

StitchinByTheLake said...

What a wonderful idea! I got a couple of thank you cards this summer that a quilter made like that but I never thought of Christmas cards. Duh! blessings, marlene

happy zombie said...

I love your holiday cards!! Plus it's a great excuse to use stash and make room for more fabric!