Monday, July 23, 2012

Guest Designer Monday with Suzanne - Sew Cute!

Hi, crafty friends! Hope you had a wonderful weekend! It's Suzanne Bier here with another Guest Designer Monday post!

Today, I wanted to show you some more cards that I made with TGF's new Oliver & Amelia "Lovey Dovey" set. 

I'm still practicing sewing on my cards, and I wanted to share a few tips that I've learned along the way! The machine I use to sew on my cards isn't very has a few basic stitches available (like zigzag and straight), but that's more than enough!

Normally, I sew with a zigzag stitch around the outside border. It looks great and I don't have to keep the paper 100% straight, because the stitches give me some room for error. 

I also put adhesive around the edges (about 1/2 inch or so from the underside of the top paper's edge), but just enough to hold the paper together as I sew (and away from where the needle will be stitching).

I've been playing around with straight stitching, but I can't seem to keep it straight. By making a few rounds of straight stitches (not all in the same place), it kinda hides my crooked stitching and makes it look more like something I meant to do!

Before I adhere the front panel to the card base, I add any ribbon or twine and adhere them to the back of the front panel before sticking it down. 

I also have trouble tying a flat bow, so I like to tie it separately, and thread a button with twine over the center. Then, I'm able to tie the bow to the ribbon border!

Hope you were inspired by these cards, and if you want to try sewing on a card sometime, I hope the tips I shared today will help you! 

If you have any tips for sewing on cards, I'd love to hear about them!

Thanks for stopping by! See you here next Monday for my final July TGF guest post!


P.S. You still have time to play in a few of the latest TGF challenges: Farm Fresh Friday (Summertime theme), which runs until Thursday, July 26 at noon Central Time, and the Retro-Fresh challenge (Stars and Stripes), which runs until Tuesday, August 7th at noon Central Time!


teachU14 said...

These are ADORABLE!!!

lots of love,

Iin Aryanti said...

Look so sweet cards.


Shazza said...

gorgeous x

Heidi Brawley said...

AWE both cards are very adorable!!! Me and my sewing machine dont' get along very well. The bobbin Hates me!!! ugh!!!
Have an Awesome day doll!
hugs, Heidi

mousekemom said...

So cute! I like to sew on my cards from time to time as well...use the paper as your guide. Line the edge of the paper up in the middle of the presser foot for zig zag and along the edge of the foot for straight. It seems to work the best for me.