Hand-stitched Fathers’ Day Card

June 16, 2011

Eva’s still a bit young to be making Daddy a Fathers’ Day Card, so I thought I’d help her out this year. This’d make a great project for a slightly older child, and it’s a good rainy-day activity (hmm – and what do you know, it’s raining today!). It was really quick and easy to do, and took less than an hour start to finish.

The picture was originally this-

One of my all-time favourite photos of my little girl! Such a spontaneous moment, and I think it really captures her sparkly, cheeky personality. I used Photoshop to change the photo to a line drawing, which literally takes only a handful of mouse clicks (let me know if you’re interested in how I did it and I’ll post up a quick tutorial).

Originally I wasn’t going to paint in any of the drawing, but it lacked a little punch so I decided to paint in her gorgeous blue eyes and her golden hair. I painted in her teething necklace on a whim as a nice highlight.

I then got a piece of tissue paper, placed it over the area where the letters were to be stitched, and drew the letters in pencil. With a pin I pushed holes through in to the card at regular intervals, following the outline of the letters; these are the holes for the stitches. It’s far easier to create the holes first using a pin rather than trying to do them as you go along with the thread!

After creating all the holes, I stitched the letters using embroidery thread and sewed on a couple of buttons. It was still missing a little pizazz so I raided my stash box and glued on some ribbon and ric rac along the top and bottom of the card – and voila! I am pretty sure that Daddy will love it. And who knows, maybe next year little E will be ready to make her own :)

While I was making it it didn’t occur to me to photograph all the steps but if anyone is interested I’d be happy to make a full step by step tutorial, as it really is an easy peasy project even for those who think they are ‘craft challenged’.

Have you been making anything handmade for Fathers’ Day?

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Ginger June 19, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Really cute! That’s a great idea!

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