This post is dedicated to my son who called last week to say,
"Mom, I just read your blog. You might want to throw in a post about sewing now and then. You know, just so your readers don't think you've turned into a CRAZY CAT LADY"!
CRAZY? I'll show you CRAZY!
Making fifty gift card holders! Now THAT'S CRaZy!
But I'll let you decide. I'm:
a. indeed crazy
b. overly ambitious
c. totally grateful to the ladies who support us and one another by attending Bernina Club regularly throughout the year
d. all of the above
I'm "C" for sure, but truthfully "D" probably describes me more accurately.
This time of year we like to show our appreciation to all the ladies who so faithfully attend Bernina Club by giving them a little gift. I had originally intended to give them a kit to make these card holders, but it didn't seem enough so I got busy and sewed them for everyone.
I used the Silhouette Cameo to cut the wool felt mistletoe leaves. Although they needed a bit of coaxing to cut cleanly it was a real time saver for sure since using the Silhouette eliminated the need to trace the shapes. (We offer the Silhouette Cameo machines for sale and have classes on some fun ways to use them).
I appliqued the mistletoe and sewed around the edge of the mittens with my sewing machine and Valdani #8 Perle Cotton Variegated thread. Although I normally prefer to do this kind of work by hand I knew that with the number I needed to make I just wouldn't have the time to do them all by hand - and after all, it is Bernina Club!
I think they turned out pretty cute.
You will need to prewind the perle cotton onto bobbins then use it as top thread since it won't feed properly directly from the ball.
I found using matching regular 50 weight thread in the bobbin worked best for both the blanket applique and the blanket edge stitching.
My machine adjusts the tension automatically when I select the blanket stitch, but if yours doesn't you may want to loosen your top tension a bit (mine is normally set at a tension of 4 and automatically adjusted itself to 3).
I used my embroidery bobbin case with the pig tail for extra tension in the bobbin. If you don't have a separate bobbin case you might want to tighten your bobbin tension screw slightly. (All this just pulls that heavy thread to the back or under side of your fabric more).
The edge of the mitten on the left was stitched with regular sewing machine thread - the one on the right was stitched with Valdani Perle Cotton Variegated thread. I think the heavier thread adds a lot to the finished look although it's a little hard to see here.
That's really all there was to it. If you'd like to try some I've included the PDF below. You could also make some as an advent calendar by appliqueing numbers on each mitten and adding a hanger - then tucking tiny surprises inside.
I think they make quick, inexpensive, personal gift card holders for sure.
For those that asked for the recipe for the ooey gooey Pecan Cheesecake concoctions we served, you can find them here. (You may want to adjust your bathroom scales to minus 10 lbs after consuming these). =)
One last photo - this one's for you Bryan.
AKA The Crazy Cat Lady