Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Sew Sew Many Memories

Picture this: you are sitting in a bus and suddenly one of your co-passengers starts giggling - you are a bit baffled due to this sudden outburst, because she is sitting alone and not even reading a book etc. Maybe you guessed already, but that was me giggling on my way home from work. I just got an idea for a card, that will generate a big smile at the receiver's face next month.

I had seen Just Us Girls Challenge #95: Use fabric on your project, but dismissed it, because using the quilted heart from Beccy's place would not qualify as being fabric......... I had found some old fabric, but still had not been able to get any useful ideas.

My mother used to be very crafty - sewed a lot of patchwork, and she has an education as a dress designer/seamstress from the late 1950s, so she can really sew. Me... Well in 4th and 5th grade we had lessons in sewing, knitting etc. and I was not good at it - if fact just by looking at something I created and it would fall apart. No patience to do anything and cut to many corners.

What made me laugh was the idea to make the card look like that little piece of practice-fabric, where you were to show your teacher, that you could use the sewing machine, sew on buttons etc. and it had to have that uneven touch from when I did one of those practice-fabrics at school :o)


So this is what I came up with, when I got back home - the heart is sewn on nicely, and then I remembered adding this lazy-cutting-corners-look when I added the tillykke-sentiment (translates to: happy birthday) and sewing the fabric-background onto a even-edged piece of cardboard and making it look sloppy :o)


She is crazy about flowers, so added this detail made of 2 fabric flowers and one die cut flower attached with a white brad.


Added some button looking brads from Michael's as a sewing-style detail.

In case you are wondering: I actually have my mother's word, that my sewing skills these days are quite good - which is why I know that this card will make her smile big :o)

10 comments:

claire7q said...

That really look like all fabric to me, and anyone who can thread a needle without drawing blood has my respect.

Mary K. Mennenga said...

Looks great too me, as well as fun!!

Anne-Marie said...

Well.....if that's your "sloppy" work, then I'm givin' up quilting now!
It will definitely be greeted with a huge smile!

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

This is fantastic! I like the heart and you making it also...

Mynnette said...

This is lovely! Thank you for sharing!

Beccy said...

What a great card Andaje, I'm sure your Mother will love it! I really enjoyed reading your little story too and I think I would have to agree with your Mum about the fact that your sewing skills are quite good these days.
Thanks for sharing the link with me... I've spent a very pleasant afternoon having a little look around.
Cheers,
Beccy

Birdie said...

You mean its NOT fabric???

Andaje said...

The background is fabric, the heart and sentiment are not :o)

Lisa Kind said...

Very pretty! Brought back lots of memories for you! Thanks for playing our JUGs challenge!

Elise said...

Just goes to show, you never KNOW where inspiration will strike! I'm lucky I don't take a bus very often - they'd probably kick me off! Tee hee This is wonderful! So glad you were equally inspired to share your work with Just Us Girls! yipeeee!