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Friday, February 11, 2011

sewn thank you notes {tutorial}

I just celebrated a birthday, which means gifts (yay!), which means thank you notes.

I usually make my own monogrammed notes to send out, but this time I thought I'd step out of the box and do something a little different. I saw a picture of a similar idea online, so I tried my own hand at it. 

They came out pretty stinkin' cute.

                     - cardstock
                     - tissue paper
                     - sewing machine
                     - scotch tape (optional)

The first thing I did was to check out my craft room for envelopes. I found some that were the same cream color as my cardstock so I sized my cards to fit those envelopes. 
{if you don't have any envelopes at home, you can easily get an inexpensive package at any craft store}

Then I created my card using Microsoft Word {simplest option}. Don't worry, you don't have to be a computer nerd to do this! I simply drew the shape of my card using Insert -> Shapes. Next go to Format to make the shape the correct size of your card. Finally, add a text box at the top with your desired phrase.

I was able to fit two cards to one page {does that make this post eco-friendly?}
Also, make sure to put your text over to one side of the card. The ruffle will go down the other side.

Now grab your scissors and cut out your cards. 
{tip: if you make the outline of the shape a faint gray color, it makes it a lot less tedious to cut the cards out. There is no glaring black line to make sure to cut to exactly}

Next cut out some strips of tissue paper. Mine are the full length of the tissue paper and about an inch and half wide. The cut doesn't have to be perfect, you'll trim the edges later on.

And start folding. I call this accordion style. 
{I think classy people call it a ruffle fold ...}

When I was done, I used some scotch tape on the back side to keep it from unfolding.



Trim up the ruffle so the edges are straight

Lay your ruffle on the card and sew right down the middle of it.

Then trim the excess.

Bada-bing! Love these!!

My mind is reeling from all the possibilities for this style... wedding shower invitations, birth announcements, thank you notes, personalized stationery, so many things!

I've got several of these to whip up. Everyone was too kind this year! So once again, thanks for all the birthday goodies!

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