Oh, how I love the autumn. It’s my favorite time of year, and not just because of all the eating and drinking. Though you might not believe it, even here in sunny Southern California the leaves change and the weather gets crisp.
I have a “thing” for leaves. Friends call them “my motif.” Some people love hearts, some suns or fleurs de lis… I love leaves. They’re natural, beautiful, readily available and ephemeral.
I have been tutoring a young girl in sewing the past few weeks, and came up with this idea after my first class with her. I had her sewing on paper to practice, and realized that the results were pretty versatile and well suited for paper crafting.
So for this easy craft, I combined leaves and paper. Here is all you need to make these lovely place cards!
- Place cards (I got mine at Paper Source, and scored and folded them)
- Patterned paper
- Leaf punches or Sizzix or Cricut leaf dies
- Glue stick
- Coordinated thread
- Sewing machine
- Felt tipped markers or computer printed names
Score and fold cards, if necessary.
Punch or cut leaf shapes from patterned paper. I use between 3 and 5 leaves per card.
Use a glue stick to lightly stick the leaves to the card. Take care not to use a large amount of glue, as it will gum up the needle.
Once all the cards are glued, sew to secure leaves.
Using a swirly stitch pattern suggests wind-swept leaves.
Hand write names or print on computer, cut out and glue onto cards.
Think of the possibilities for all types of cards… perhaps a Christmas gift follow-up is called for? Stay tuned, and have happy holidays!