TUTORIAL: Hand Stitched Christmas Greetings/Tags


A little while ago, I came across something that inspired me to sew. I don't need much to want to pick up my needle and thread, but for some reason this one stuck and was brewing in my head for the longest time. After putting it off for sometime, I finally sat myself down to make it happen. And oh yes, because Christmas is just around the corner, I've conveniently decided to make it a Christmas post. :D

Here's the simplest way to add a personal touch to your Christmas gifts, with personalized hand-sewn tags. Hand written stuff is just way overrated anyway, unless you've got rad skills like Jane Downing.

Here's what you'll need:
1. Paper
2. Needle (thin)
3. Thread
4. Scissors
5. Glue
6. Pencil/Pen
7. Ruler

How to:
1. Fold your paper in half (not pictured). Decide on the size of the tag you want, and then outline it in pencil.
2. Then, roughly sketch out a design on the tag. It can be just typography for an image, up to you.

3. Once you're done, mark dots on the lines of the words (if its typography), or over the image if you intend to create a hand stitched image. I try to keep the dots straight and as organized as possible. I used a pen because I'm as blind as a bat.

4. Thread the needle and knot it at the end, like how you would when sewing a button. Just like how you would sew through button holes, stick your needle through the dots you made. I went over several times (and in random pattern) to create a geometric effect to my design (and also because I was using very thin embroidery thread).

5. Cut out the tag, based on the outline you made earlier. You should have two separate pieces of paper now. Glue one on top of the other with ordinary craft glue to conceal the stitching at the back. Voila! Two weeks to Christmas, baby!


All images by me.

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