Orphan Block Cards

A while back I ordered some blank cards with the idea that I would use some fabric scraps to create my own note cards. card2

In addition to the cards, I had this spray intended to turn any fabric into fusible fabric. Never mind why.  card1

So I sprayed the back of one of my little orphan blocks, then ironed it onto the card. I pinked the edges of the blocks before using because I figured there’d be endless loose threads otherwise.

card3The heat of the iron warped the card a little, so I wasn’t entirely satisfied with that.  A glue stick probably would have worked as well, without creating the warp.

Despite the warp, this was actually going pretty well, and I have an (almost) endless supply of little orphan blocks, so next I tried sewing the blocks on the cards:card4

It was difficult to keep them from distorting while being sewn.  So…warped cards from ironing, or blocks slightly askew from sewing?  Anyway, they are unique 🙂card5

Be warned: If I correspond with you regularly, one of these will be coming your way, ready or not!

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16 thoughts on “Orphan Block Cards

  1. Good morning Mary … love the card idea! I used to make cards with embroidery designs way back when I was still excited about the embroidery machine.

    I still do that once in a while, but not often, now Later

  2. Oops. I just sent you a messed up message! Was editing what I wrote and was about to paste something I cut, and hit send by accident. Let me try that again.

    I used to do cards with embroidery designs stitched on fabric and attached to cards. If I was going to do that now, I would spray the back of the design with the adhesive spray (no ironing) to keep it in place and then stitch it. You might want to give that a try instead of the spray that needs to be ironed.

    Hope all’s well with you! Sorry about the messed up message.

    Carol

  3. It’s fun making your own cards, isn’t it? I haven’t made any for a few years now, but used to love spending a day trying different things and techniques – it’s surprising what you can create out of a few scrap bits and pieces! 🙂

  4. What a novel idea! You could make smaller versions of cards with fabrics in your stash and carry them in your purse so you would always be able to coordinate! I have seen people stitch fabric to index cards and put postcard postage on them and send them as well, what fun!

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