Saturday, December 27, 2008

Tis the Season for Thank You's: Sewn Notecards

Tis the season for Thank You cards!
Here is a fun way to dress up cards with a little zigzag stitch! These cards came about when I accidentally bought a huge box of FLAT cards, not FOLDING cards and needed a way to dress them up.

I pick out scrapbook paper that coordinates with the thread that I have on hand:

Then cut the paper into long thin pieces, put a dab of glue on the back of the scrapbook paper to keep it in place on the card.

Then get sewing with a zigzag stitch! You might have to play with the tension a little, and use the smallest needle you have on hand so you don't get super huge holes in the paper:

Then trim the long threads
And there you go! Now you can get crankin' on all those thank you's for those Christmas gifts!

Here are some general etiquette rules for thank you cards:

1. Send your thank you notes as quickly as possible.

2. Always make specific reference to the gift that is the subject of the note, such as "Thank you so much for the blue sweater. How did you know that was my favorite color?"

3. Provide children with age-appropriate notecards or paper and help them with the message. This year my son scribbled with crayon and I wrote Thank You over it, and included it in our more formal thank you.


  1. Hey Rita,

    Love your blog!! I might have to do the above cards... simple with a hand made touch. I like it ;-) BTW your photography is outstanding. What kind of camera are you using? A regular point and shoot?

  2. Hi Lindsay -
    I am using just a regular point and shoot Kodak Easy Share camera, but using the "Close up" setting. I am channeling all the tips I learned from our many Better Homes and Gardens tours! :)
    Sorry for the slow response!

  3. Those cards are beautiful! Thanks for the great tip!
    BTW....When you started your stitch on the cards did you also do a tiny reverse stitch? How do you keep it from coming unthreaded I guess is what I'm asking!?

  4. I have experimented with a few different ways to keep them from unraveling: tying little knots which drove me about crazy, then putting a little drop of glue at the end and just trimming the threads, and lately I have been just trimming the threads sans any treatment, and they haven't come undone. These options fit all varying patience levels and so far, I haven't had one lose any more than one stitch. Thanks!

  5. These are a GREAT idea! I loved making them, and can't wait to use them. I posted a picture, with a link to your tutorial on my blog today. Thanks so much!