TUTORIAL: Quilted Notecards

by Dana on July 6, 2008

MAKE A SIMPLE NOTECARD FROM YOUR FABRIC SCRAPS

Skill Level: VERY Easy
Items Needed:
Card Stock or Notecards,
Fabric Scraps,
Sewing machine
Project Time: 10 minutes

I got this idea from my friend Erica, who got the idea from the fabulous Denyse Schmidt’s Quilting book (very cool and very recommended). So I can’t take credit. But it’s such a simple and fabulous idea that I had to make a tutorial to share it.
These cards are so easy that once you start, you won’t want to stop. Make one, make twenty! Make it out of fabric that corresponds to your homemade gift inside. The possibilities are endless. So let’s get crafting!

1. Start with a piece of card stock and fold it to desired size. If you have premade/store-bought cards those work great. I have a ton of this lying around, so here’s what I’m using:
2. Find a fabric set you like:
3. Cut small rectangular pieces/strips from the fabric. Make sure they are larger than the card (you will be trimming off the excess at the end). It’s fun to cut some of them straight and some on the diagonal:
4. Start sewing. Lay your first piece at the top of the card (fabric hanging over the card on all sides) and sew around it, in whatever way you’d like! You really can’t mess these up. Then layer another piece on top of that and sew around it. Kinda wish I’d used contrasting yellow thread here:
Your card will look like this on the other side:
Continue sewing layers till your card is covered:
It should look something like this:
5. Sew Zigzags. Again, there’s no wrong or right way to do this. In fact, you don’t even have to do this step! But I think it adds more character. Start on one end of the card and sew straight diagonal lines back and forth on the card, till it looks like this:
and this:
6. Trim the excess fabric, with scissors or a rotary cutter:
And, YOU’RE DONE!
One small project, with endless possibilities:

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1 Judy Cabaniss March 20, 2012 at 6:54 pm

NOW I KNOW WHAT I’M GOING TO DO WITH ALL THE LITTLE SCRAPS OF GORGEOUS FABRIC THAT I’VE BEEN SAVING BECAUSE I COULDN’T THROW THEM AWAY. THANKS A BUNCH!

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2 Sandy White March 22, 2012 at 7:29 pm

This small project is the best Ive seen in a long time. I will use it over and over. Thank you so much I just lvoe it.

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3 Karen at A Glimpse Into My Reveries April 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm

What a darling idea–wouldn’t a Hawaiian print make a darling “postcard”?!
Unfortunately, it couldn’t go for the same rate as 2-dimensional post cards but it would be worth the extra postage!

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4 Mary Jane September 1, 2012 at 8:44 am

This is so easy but so beautiful! My daughter had gone away to college and I love to send her cards! These can be embellished and personalized! The possibilities are endless! Awesome!! Thanks so much for a beautifully illustrated tutorial!

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5 renee September 19, 2012 at 10:57 pm

This is so inspire-ing too me seeing your idea of a card, the scraps colors fantastic. thanking you so much glad i found your site by Renee

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