Wednesday, March 23, 2011

"Business" cards

At the quilt show, I was exchanging blog addresses with Frances, and while I was scribbling mine down in her notebook, she handed me a business card with her contact information and a picture of one of her quilts. I hadn't thought of making business cards for something I do as a hobby, but I thought it was genius! So of course I had to make some of my own.

I started with a plain design--my name (calligraphed by my now-fiancĂ© as seen here), email, and blog address, and printed them out.

Then, I used a craft punch to punch flowers out of pretty scrapbook paper:

I picked some fun variegated thread from my stash:

And then I sewed the flowers onto the card in a curvy sort of line. I like to use a needle I save just for sewing on paper, because my mom used to yell at me when I tried to use her fabric scissors on paper, and now I'd do the same thing to someone who tried to use my fabric scissors on paper.

You could just sew one line, like in the top card, but I liked the effect of two lines of stitching.

The great thing about this design is that you can chain-piece them!

So the next time I'm telling someone that I make quilts, I can whip out one of these beauties. Stay tuned for instructions for a quick business card holder!