Tuesday, November 20, 2012

DIY fabric photo bunting Christmas cards

With Christmas getting closer and the postal system getting busier, I decided to get my act together and organize some Christmas cards. I'm not the best person at cards - some years I'll do it, others I'll forget. It's a habit I'd like to get into though.

I have been looking on various photo websites at their range of personalized Christmas cards. However, the Dutch in me just couldn't stomach the thought of paying upwards of $2 a card, plus $1.05 postage to Australia when I know that I can do it for so much less myself. Having fallen in love with this card, I ummed and ahhed at ordering the minimum amount but finally decided to have a go at making my own cards this year.

The end result...


It's nothing like the original, but... It's much more me. I wanted to incorporate some of my favourite things - sewing, bunting and our family. They were a little time consuming, but still very simple to make:

1. Insert photos into word & put a letter below each one.

2. Flip the image & letter (this is the time consuming part - it took me ages to figure out how) and print onto iron on transfer paper.

3. Iron each sheet onto plain cotton fabric. Once cool, peel off the transfer paper and cut out each image into a triangle shape.

4. Cut rectangles out of red card (I used a nice textured cardstock I found at Michaels). Glue the top of each triangle onto the card to hold it in place for sewing.

5. Sew a line across the bunting. Here's where I made a couple of errors - apparently stitching will come undone on cardboard if you don't reverse stitch each end, woops.

6. Glue red card onto pre-folded Kraft cards... All done!!!

These were also really inexpensive to make - for 12 cards I used 1 sheet of iron on transfer paper, an A4 size piece of fabric, 2 x sheets of red cardboard and half a pack of pre-folded cards. I had a few coupons I used for the materials I didn't have on hand and I think my costs came to a grand total of about $5.00 for cards and matching envelopes.

I had visions of myself sending these out to all our friends and family but I have to admit, I was a bit over it after doing only a dozen of them - so only immediate family it is this year.

17 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, Lu! These are so sweet!

    I'm not at all crafty, and I certainly wouldn't have the patience to make these for everyone on our holiday card list, but wouldn't they be sweet, framed? Hmmm ... My wheels are turning.

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    1. Thanks :) I am pretty happy with how they turned out. I think you might be onto something there - it would be cute in a frame! Hmmm perhaps I need to try some more :)

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  2. Hey Luana,
    The cards look great, and I'm sure your family will all love them. It is amazing how quickly Christmas is coming. I am soooo busy with wedding preparations. I can't believe how much there is to organise so quickly. But I am excited about it all, and it all seems to be coming together (I ordered my dress today!!)
    Love,
    Selina.

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    1. I can't believe it's only a little over a month away - I'm so not ready. You must be hectic! I had been thinking of you recently and wondering how the wedding plans were going - yay for getting your dress! When is the big date set for? Have a great week :)

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  3. These turned out great! Returning your follow!

    Thanks for stopping by :-)
    ~Elisabeth@The Beekeeper's Granddaughter
    www.elisabethferre.com

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  4. I love these! (way to be thinking ahead too.) I may just try these (or the framed idea above.)

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    1. Thanks :) Def give them a go! They are time consuming though, so if you have loads of cards to send out it could be a bit tedious. I'm liking the framed idea too!

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  5. I'm a new follower and I LOVE this card! I wish I had the patience to make my holiday cards! I send out near 100 to family and friends so I wouldn't even entertain the thought! Great job, though!
    http://mommysordinarymagic.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! This was the first year I'd made them and it definitely was a little too time consuming to make 100 :) Thanks for stopping by :)

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  6. This is adorable! I'd love it if you stopped by my blog and shared this on my linky party! http://accidentallywonderful.blogspot.com/2012/11/now-co-hosting-inspiration-spotlight.html

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    1. Thanks! Off to check out your blog now :)

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  7. Thanks for linking up with Rebekah & our link up Inspiration Spotlight! I love this idea & also the idea of using a pre folded craft card. Did you pick them up at a craft store or stationary store? Visiting from DearCreatives.com

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    1. I bought them at a craft store (Michaels). They came in a pack of 25 with matching envelopes for about $5 which is a bargain!

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  8. Oh my goodness, this is such a cute idea! Turned out very adorable!

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  9. That's your Christmas card! I love it, it is so cute and I love the three pictures.
    I'm excited to stop by your blog from a blog hop! I'm following you now, feel free to stop by and follow
    www.iheartpears.blogspot.com

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