Crafternoon How-To: Cartographic Cards

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:

map cards

  • Maps
  • Needle and embroidery threads (bright colours please! )
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • 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.

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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.

Barca!  (from my trip to Barcelona)
Barca! (from my trip to Barcelona)
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This is the back of my map… just in case you were worrying that you were the only one to have messy stitches hidden away…

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.

map cards

And you’re done!!

Happy Crafternoon!

map cards

Photography by Hannah Cox.  Covered under copyright © creativise

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