Saturday, July 16, 2011

Gift to Mail in a Card #2

While blog hopping this morning, I came across the cutest idea for making bookmarks.  And realizing they are the perfect little handmade gift that you can tuck in a card to mail, I put it on my fun 'to do' list for today.  Please visit KR Creations, as she is my inspiration and idea giver for today's craft.

Take a piece of cardstock (the thin decorative paper won't work as well as heavier cardstock-type).  I especially like the kind that is double sided, since it gives you some coordinating paper to use as trim.  Cut a piece approx. 4" x 3.25".  Two of mine are alittle larger than that.  Fold the paper in half.  Use a sewing machine to sew the top and right sides together.  Insert ribbon first, if desired.  On examples #1 and #2, I also sewed my contrasting paper on before sewing the top and sides together.  Leave the left side and bottom of the folded paper unsewn.

Embellish with a favorite phrase, buttons, punch outs, etc.  Your imagination is the only limitation!

This one is made from cardstock that is printed with vintage children's phonics images.  So so cute!  I added the matching strip of plaid paper along with a circle punch out and 2 buttons, slightly off-kilter for more interest.

I forgot to add ribbon at the top of this one before sewing it together, so I just made a paper loop and added it to the top, gluing it to the back.

Isn't this paper cheery! 

And oh so true, that books take us on wonderful adventures.  :)  The book I am reading right now for pleasure is set in Carmel-By-The-Sea, California.  Happy sigh.

This craft was so fun, easy, and quick.  In just a small amount of time I have three gifts to give.  I enjoyed sewing with raveling edges!  I would like to make more using an old map, a page from a vintage children's book, and sheet music.  It's fun to send a little surprise along with a card, and these will easily fit that endeavor.  These would make cute party favors or craft show merchandise, too.
Which one is your favorite?

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Oh Donna, these are really sweet!! My favorite would be the bright and cheery one, love all the ribbon you put on that one! Great craft idea that is easily adapted to many different styles! With all my papercrafting I do I still have not attempted sewing on paper, but I must!

  2. I like the checkered print one... super cute! :)

  3. And I, of course, will take the phonics one! Not only b/c it's the last choice but b/c the paper is by October Afternoon, which is my FAVORITE paper company! But the other two are simply adorable as well. Very, very sweet!

  4. Lori I am with you...the little vintage phonics one is the one calling my name! I want more October Afternoon papers!!

  5. Oh how pretty! I love sewing on paper too!

  6. All of those are so cute! What a great idea! That would be an awesome stocking stuffer! I am visiting from Someday Crafts and I am a new follower!! Hope you have a great week and that I see you around soon!!


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