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Postman, Postman…

Most of my time this week was spent between gardening, painting walls and studying, but I managed to find time for a small crafting project as well.

I don’t know how many of us still send postcards, or have pen pals, but these crafty cards are easy to make and very cute. Even though e-mail is much easier, they can also be used to say Thank you or Happy Birthday.

Handmade cards with a whip-stitch border

Start by drawing light pencil lines about half a centimeter or 3/16 of an inch away from the edges of the card, all around. Then pierce the holes evenly along those lines. The thicker the yarn, the bigger the holes need to be.

Draw lines and pierce holes around the edges of the card

I used a simple whip stitch along the edges with thin cotton yarn, and ended off by threading the ends through the stitches along the edge of the card. For my second card I wanted more sparkle, so I added sequins as I was threading. You can also stitch 2 different colour cards together for a more colourful effect.

Whip-stitch around the edges of the card

When you’re done with the edging, you can decorate it anyway you like. On the first card I glued a picture of a bird silhouette, and on the second I glued a red rose to go with the red sequins.

That is basically all there is to it. It’s a simple design, but with a little bit of creativity you can make something really amazing!

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