It happens. The handmade gifts are finished and hidden, the walls are decked and the tree shines bright. But, oh dear, what about the Christmas Cards and Tags? Since the sewing machine is set up and ready, let’s stitch up lovely Christmas greetings. A little time and my seven day plan will make it a totally handmade year!
Day One – And Presents Under the Tree
With a nod of your head and a blink of your eye, you can quickly stitch up a wonderful stack of these adorable felt gift tags and fabric bags. Designed by LInda Turner Griepentrog for Coats and Clark, you’ll choose bits of felt, fabrics, trims and embellishments, then trace Linda’s templates from the free PDF.The tag designs are simple, sweet and reusable with clear vinyl pockets for greetings on the back. Choose coordinating thread, stitch up matching fabric gift bags and “wrap up” a new tradition! Click here for Linda’s tags, then click here for her bags, too.
Day Two – In the Lane Snow is Glistenin’
Victoria of the As it Seams blog feels compelled to sew and in just a couple of hours stitched up a Winter Wonderland. “No need to be neat” she advises for her primitive-look, holiday landscape. Since Christmas Cards and Tags aren’t designed to be heirlooms, her midnight scene is quickly cut and stitched in place! Click here for Victoria’s fun tutorial.
Day Three – I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Vintage images of tiny tots with their eyes all aglow are the stars of the cards designed by Kim for her Kim Edith blog. Kim offers wonderfully detailed instructions for her heartfelt photo transfer Christmas Cards. You’ll love how she walks you through preparing the image, choosing fabrics and trims and creating a cover greeting. A photo editing program of any kind, a printer and a sewing machine are all the “equipment” you need to touch a heart with treasured memories this season! Click here for Kim’s heart warming tutorial.
Day Four – Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
You’ll get a sentimental feeling when you gather your selvedges or leftover fabrics for these beautiful cards! Chris designed these lovely little triangle trees and put together a super helpful tutorial for her ChrissieD blog. You’ll use fabric scraps or charm squares, gorgeous threads and a bit of embellishment. Her tips for cutting fabrics, choosing prints and assembling selvedges into squares are superb. You’ll especially love her method for no-fray, raw-edge “applique”! Click here for the Christmas Tree tutorial.
Day Five – Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly
A jolly season includes tags, too! So, let’s visit Kelly of the Live Laugh Rowe blog and her easy, yet charming tags. Kelly makes these for all seasons, so once you learn her method, you’ll be stitching all year round! I love the way Kelly used pinking shears to create a “fancy” edge around her fabrics. It’s a simple touch that quickly adds a little pizazz! Click here for Kelly’s tag tutorial.
Day Six – See if Reindeer Really Know How to Fly
The Fat Quarter Shop’s Jolly Jabber blog offers a super simple tag design that’s easy to customize and sew. Heidi of the Fabric Mutt blog designed the featured tag to use lots of scraps, but you could have fun purchasing fat quarters, too. Coordinate these with this year’s wrapping paper and plan a few to hang on the tree. They’re sure to have you shouting with glee! Click here for Heidi’s tutorial.
Day Seven – As Alive as He Could Be
There must have been some magic in that old silk hat they found because these tags are amazing! Belinda of the Samplings From a Blue Ribbon Girl blog combined quilting fabrics, wool felt scraps and embellishments to create these frosty, friendly tags. You’ll love her suggestions for which elements to hand sew and what to machine stitch. Belinda’s designs would be perfect for Christmas Cards and Tags, too! Click here for her tag tutorial.
Tips for Holly Jolly Christmas Cards and Tags
- The outside of your card is fabulous but, what goes on the inside? Click here for 60 marvelous holiday greetings on the Homemade Gifts Made Easy web site. You can print, hand letter or machine embroider your heartfelt thoughts!
- Coats has a wonderful selection of hand and machine sewing threads to make your festive Christmas Cards and Tags merry and bright. Click here to browse the gorgeous selection!
- Involve the kids! Sewing cards and tags is a great introduction to the world of making patchwork.
- Make yourself a merry, little Christmas Cards and Tags assembly line. Repeated steps create quick joy!