DIY Fabric Scrap Holiday Card

Last week I received a donation request from one of my favorite local charities. I had been meaning to send a donation, but [as it always does] life got in the way.

With the donation request, they included a return envelope, but I felt odd sending the check alone. So, with the paper and fabric scraps I had on hand, I whipped up this super easy holiday card to accompany the check.

Since it was so easy, I figured I’d share with you how I did it!

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Supplies

  • Blank cardstock (I used white because it’s what I had on hand, but any light color would work)
  • Fabric scraps (Use what you have on hand – if you don’t have fabric, you could use scrapbook paper or even magazine clippings)
  • Stamps – including alphabetical stamps
  • Ink pad
  • Glue 
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine 

Directions

1. Cut your fabric scraps [or paper] into tiny triangles to act as “flags” in your design.

2. Lay the “flags” side-by-side (corner-to-corner) with a slight curve downward to form the bunting. If it would help, you could lightly draw a curved line with pencil to follow.

3. Use a little dab of glue to hold the “flags” in place.

4. Next [optional], if you have any festive stamps (like my reindeer) or stickers, stamp/stick one in an area where you have extra white space (like the lower corner).

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5. Use your alphabetical stamps to spell out “Happy Holidays” under the bunting. If you don’t have alphabetical stamps, you could write it in calligraphy, bubble letters with markers or even cut letters from construction paper and glue them down.

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6. Go fix yourself a cup of coffee or tea {aka: give the ink a minute or two to fully dry before you start stitching to avoid smudging}

7. Set your sewing machine to a straight stitch and adjust the length to the longest it will go.

8. Once your ink has dried, begin stitching from the left side of the card and follow the curved line to sew across the top of all of the “flags.” Back-stitch at each end and trim excess thread.

Voila! You now have a super-festive handmade card to send!

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There are tons of ways you can vary this design, but this is just an idea to get you started. I’d love to see what you make – tag me on Instagram: @jordanslicemet.

Happy holidays!

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It’s party time and you’re invited!

With the holidays approaching, I’m planning to host my annual resliced holiday party and sale! If you’re live in or near Columbia, South Carolina, I’d love to have you join me on November 1 from 11:00am to 12:00pm! {Sign up here so you’ll receive the location details}

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Missing in action – For those of you who have been following resliced, you may have noticed I haven’t been around town as much as I have been in previous years. At the beginning of this year, I decided to scale back and let myself breathe. Working full-time during the week and spending my weekends at the market was a tough balance. I was feeling a little suffocated with re-creating the same items in an effort to “stock up”. I wanted to give myself time to play around with new designs and improve my skills. I’ll admit I’ve spent a lot of that time “selfish sewing,” but I’ve tried hard to improve my skills and extend what I have to offer.

Last week, I sent the first announcement to my resliced email newsletter subscribers (interested? Sign up here), but I wanted to extend the invitation to all of you lovely blog readers! 🙂

I also wanted to share a little more info about what this party is all about.

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Last year, I hosted an “exclusive” party for my friends and family. I had so much fun chatting with friends and sharing my creations with them just in time for the holidays. This year I wanted to extend the invitation to any and all local resliced supporters!

So, what will I have at the party?

Oldies, but goodies – I’ll have all the items currently in my shop online available at the party.

Like these…

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Green ZigZag Shoulder Bag [Click the image to see additional pictures in the listing on Etsy]

Copper bird nest necklace with genuine opal stones.

Copper bird nest necklace with genuine opal stones.

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Green Paisley clutch [Click the image to see additional pictures in the listing on Etsy]

Gold bird nest necklace with genuine Tigers Eye stones.

Gold bird nest necklace with genuine Tigers Eye stones.

AND I’ll be recreating some past designs.

Like these…

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Remember the Tribal Wristlet? I’ve got enough fabric left over to make a similar replication. [Click the picture to check out my blog post about the original!]

Brown bird nest necklace with genuine blue jade stones.

Brown bird nest necklace with genuine blue jade stones.

Reduce, reuse, recycle – In addition to the items in my Etsy shop, I’ll have first drafts and gently used items for sale at a discounted price. When a new design hits me, I’ll construct it, try it out for a few weeks, come up with improvements and recreate a new / improved version or move on to something different. The original (gently loved) piece is thrown aside and often not used again. Instead of letting said pieces gather dust in the bottom of my closet, help me give them a new loving home!

Here’s an example of one gently loved bag that will be available:

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Magnetic clasp clutch with hand painted dots on vegan leather, super soft purple upholstery fabric exterior and fun floral interior.

NEW skills – As you may have caught on, I love learning new crafts. My love of snail mail + the calligraphy craze (is it just me or is it everywhere?!) led to me taking a Modern Calligraphy class recently. I ordered some blank cards and got to work last weekend on some holiday cards. While I don’t plan to offer these cards in my shop (maybe one day..), I will have them available exclusively at the party so come stock up!

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This card already has a recipient, but I’ll have similar ones available.

IMPROVED skills – I learned how to add zippers! 🙂 I’ve played around with them before, but I think I’m finally getting the hang of it!

Proof:

Brown patterned zip-top clutch with vegan leather bottom.

Brown patterned zip-top clutch with vegan leather bottom.

Crafty sharing – For those of you Pinterest addicts like myself, I’ll have some crafting supplies available too!

This will include:

  • Bags of beads and stones for jewelry-making
  • Fabric scraps in many different sizes – including upholstery (mostly), cotton prints and knits
  • Other craft supplies as I find them [which could include anything from blank canvases to fold-over elastic]

…because I believe in you!

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I hope you’ll be able to make the party! I’m looking forward to kicking off the holiday season with you!

If you’re in the Columbia area (or driving distance!) and would like to attend the party, be sure to sign up for my VIP newsletter list (by clicking here!). I’ll be sending location details to this list when the party gets closer.

In the meantime, follow resliced on Facebook and Instagram (@reslicedsc) – I’ll be posting sneak peeks of items as I make them in the coming weeks for the party! 🙂

If you live out of driving distance but are still interested in stocking up on resliced for the holidays, sign up for this newsletter. I’ll be running a sale after the party on anything left in the shop.

Star Spangled Family Weekend

No matter how many days “off” one has, Monday always comes too soon!

Kicked off the long weekend with the Slice Sisters tackling the Fabric 101 sale (keep an eye out for a pillow DIY post next week! 🙂 )

I may have had the whole day off, but the Hubs had a 12 hour day so I did what any good wife would do and bought him flowers…

only kidding - I bought him cheesecake, but aren't these bright pink flowers perfect in my new yellow vase from IKEA?!

only kidding – I bought him cheesecake, but aren’t these bright pink Publix flowers perfect in my new yellow vase from IKEA?!

On my way to pick up the flowers (err…cheesecake), I passed the new farmers market on North Main Street (at the edge of Cottontown). I did a quick U-turn and stopped to see what the local farmers had. We had weekend plans with family so I eagerly jumped at the $5 watermelon (what a steal!) – it’s my favorite summer time treat!

This was the SWEETEST watermelon I've had in a l-o-n-g time! If you're in Columbia, be sure to stop by the North Main Farmer's Market - they're open every Thursday from 1-7pm.

This was the SWEETEST watermelon I’ve had in a l-o-n-g time! If you’re in Columbia, be sure to stop by the North Main Farmer’s Market – they’re open every Thursday from 1-7pm.

Friday my Dad invited us over for a cookout – I might not eat meat anymore, but when my Dad says he’s grillin’ I know to grab the Hubs and head over! It’s always a great time hanging out with my parents.

Then…there were sparklers!

The pictures a little blurry, but the face the Hubs was making was priceless. He's a child at heart!

The pictures a little blurry, but the face the Hubs was making was priceless. He’s a child at heart!

Saturday my sister and her husband invited us all out for a day of sailing. Being that Lake Murray is so close (& my sister always extends an open invitation) it’s a shame how little time I spend on it. I haven’t been swimming (well…floating) in far too long. The sun felt splendid and there was enough breeze for our adventure to be more sail and less motor 😉

This is before I thought I was going to fall overboard..

This is before I thought I was going to fall overboard..

And as every perfect weekend should, the Hubs & I brought it to a close with brunch at Drip.

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Best coffee in Columbia!

 

The sun, water and time with family was just what my soul was craving! I’m so grateful to be part of such an amazing family that I live close enough to spend our holiday weekends together.

I hope you enjoyed your 4th of July holiday weekend!