I’ve been aspiring to be one of those people who gives home-made cards for a while so I thought it was about time I dedicated some crafting time. Cards are really really easy – get card, fold, decorate… SO here is a crafternoon to make cool map and thread cards for something a little different. This is also a great opportunity to use old road maps you have lying around or to make really lovely cards inspired by travel or holidays (if you’re a bit of a hoarder when it come to city maps and tourist info from trips this is your chance to turn that stash into something exciting!)
You will need:
- Needle and embroidery threads (bright colours please! )
- Coloured card
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Step One: Card folding and Map Selection snippety snip
First up fold your coloured card to make the base of your card – this will also help you choose your map area! For this How-To I was making A6 size cards which affected the size of the map area I could use. Once you’ve picked your area cut out a rectangle just slightly smaller than the size of the front of the card. You could also cut out your map piece in a shape like a heart, a county, a bird etc or you could cut up the map to create a collage-like effect for your card. Make sure you have at least one larger map piece to sew into.
Step Two: Sew
Choose your thread (make sure you pick a colour that will be visible against your map) and decide what you’re going to sew into the map. It could be a message, a shape, a place or person’s name or anything else you can think of! I saw a really lovely example of this where the embroidery followed roads around the city which looked beautiful.
Step Three: Glue
Once you’ve finished sewing tie a knot in your thread (be careful not to pull too hard to you don’t rip the paper). Now glue your map to the front of your card. TIP: don’t use too much glue, particularly near to the sewing as it may leak through the needle holes.
And you’re done!!
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