Another 'problem' I have is giving gift cards. They are great for teacher gifts and for people that you don't know that well. I know that teens especially love to get them, it means they can buy exactly what they want etc, etc, but I always wonder if it looks as if I didn't care, or had forgotten to buy a gift and it was a last minute rush. Anyway, I have found a way to please both the recipient and myself......making a gift card holder!
This is another one of those really easy projects....you know how I like those!
I stitched the holly from the chart, backed it with iron-on interfacing (so the colour of the felt wouldn't show through) and carefully cut round the design.
I bought a square of black felt from the craft store, measured the size of the gift card and cut out two rectangles slightly larger than the gift card, leaving some extra room for stitching the pieces together. My gift card was 5.5 cm x 8.5 cm and I cut the felt approx. 7 cm x 9.5 cm.
Then all I did was blanket stitch the two pieces together using six strands of embroidery thread using the same green that was in the design. Blanket stitch is very easy and the only 'trick' to it is to keep the stitches the same distance apart and the same depth.
For the corner, all you have to do is make the three corner stitches go in the same hole!
Just make sure that the tension is the same all through the stitching....the devil is in the details as they say!!
Voila! A quick and easy project!
Now all I have to do is buy the Christmas presents! (That's the hard part)
Until next time...happy stitching!