I believe that creativity is a powerful skill that can be practiced and developed. I hope my blog inspires you to find your very own "creative lment". ~LM
After a few VERY busy weeks between work and school, I finally have a moment today to post some pictures of the handmade napkin and card sets I created recently for mother’s day and a friend’s birthday. Yay!
Sewing and paper crafting are two hobbies that compliment each other very well! One of the perks is that you can sew a gift – and then design custom handmade cards, tags, and gift wrap to match. I thought this flower pot card would be perfect for Mother’s day, and using simple dies and punches, I was able to easily recreate the design from the fabric.
During this project, I also realized that there is a rule that holds true in both in sewing and paper crafting projects: it’s just as easy to make two of something, than it is to make one. So, knowing that a friend had a birthday coming up, I also took the time to sew up a second batch of napkins.
Here’s the card I made for my friend to match her napkin set – see how the stamped flowers match the fabric? Swoon!
I selected a napkin project to start because it is fairly simple to do, especially after reading this tutorial I found on Skip to My Lou (thank you – I now understand how to create mitred corners!). In fact, I was able to make 16 napkins after owning my new sewing machine for only 4 days. I especially appreciate all the practice I got sewing straight lines. I should mention that before getting started, I read my sewing machine manual and an additional reference book I bought called “The Sewing Answer Book: Solutions to Every Problem You’ll Ever Face; Answers to Every Question You’ll Ever Ask” thoroughly. If you’ve been on the fence about sewing or feel intimated to use your machine – don’t be afraid to jump into it with both feet. You’ll be so happy you did!