The thing with being crafty is that you are always looking for new things to try. You find yourself with a bunch of chipboard from various projects and you found a couple of bin full of embroidery thread you stashed away years ago and you wonder “What the heck am I going to do with all this?” These days, you can just head to the Internet and find someone, somewhere, who has done something cool with those materials.* Which led me to the embroidered card tutorial over at Design Sponge. After I had made a couple, I found myself with lots of leftover chipboard. Too small for cards, but too large to just chuck. With the holiday season coming up, I decided to try my hand at making embroidered gift tags.
I like gift tags. They’re little, but they add a fancy element to presents. Best of all they insure that no one is going to snag your gift. These tags took about an evening to put together once I had figured out the design. Click on any of the pictures below to see larger sized versions to get a close up view.
What you will need:
1 skein of white, light blue, silver or gold thread (or one of each if you want to change things up)
1 piece of chipboard 3 1/2″ long and 2 1/4″ wide
A hole punch
A needle thick and sturdy enough to punch holes through the chipboard (like a leather needle)
A sewing machine
Not necessary, but nice to have: a cup of tea and an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or other entertaining show.
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Happy holidays to everyone!
*This is the crafty equivalent of what I do when searching for recipes: typing in all the ingredients I have on hand + “recipe” into Google and seeing what pops up.
roach (aka Raechel Henderson) is a dual class seamstress / shieldmaiden. She has sewn professionally since 2008. Over the years she has traveled around the Midwest region selling her handmade bags, skirts, coats and accessories at various events and conventions. Arachne hangs out in the window of her workshop reminding her to check the tension on the sewing machines. She writes about magic, creativity, living a life by one’s own life patterns, her family and books. Her first book, Sew Witchy, is due out February 2019 from Llewellyn.
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