If you always prepare for Christmas at the last minute like me, I’ve got a couple of ideas to inspire you; I’ll show you how to sew or make a Christmas card in no time.
The theme of the 2020 blog advent calendar is “from the heart”. In truth, everything that is about Christmas, is about the heart. But there is one thing I think is particularly important at Christmas. Although I love technological progress and enjoy using technology, one thing should stay old-fashioned forever – and that is the Christmas card! It has to be handwritten and should ideally also be handmade, i.e. home sewn or crafted.
Particularly this year, when we haven’t seen each other so much, a few words written from the heart are a balm for the soul.
Instructions for sewing a Christmas card
So, let’s get started and sew our first Christmas card! We all have the things you’ll need at home: nice paper (from magazines, kraft paper), scraps of fabric, fabric glue, old cooking magazines or cookbooks, and postcards. The cards should be very simple. But if you don’t have such cards on hand, that’s no problem either.
Below are a few examples with explanations of how to make the cards. They are intended to serve as inspiration. Once you’ve started sewing and crafting, you will be overwhelmed with ideas anyway.
Sewing a Christmas card, example 1
This version is great for cards that don’t look so good and that you want to hide. For this, you need either fabric or paper the same size as the card, and glue. I reinforced the fabric with thin interlining and stuck it onto the card with the fabric glue. Cut out a Christmas tree from leftover synthetic leather and glue it on:
For the second card, I placed nice paper onto the card and at the same time sewed a tasty recipe onto it from the back. If you are sewing paper, I would recommend a long stitch length because it looks nicer. I would also not secure the beginning and end of the seam with the machine. Leave the threads a bit longer and tie them off by hand.
Sewing a Christmas card, example 2
This version is intended for cards that are plain and do not need to be hidden. There are no limits to your creativity here. For one card, I simply stuck on nice paper that I cut into circles:
For the second card, I cut stars and hearts out of kraft paper and then sewed them onto the card as a garland. I used the back of the seam to hang baubles that I made out of paper. To finish it off, I drew the cords with a pen.
On the third Christmas card, I sewed a bauble made of paper onto the front and made the hanger from the same seam. At the end, leave the threads long, tie in a bow and let them hang down. To make it beautiful on the inside too, I sewed in a nice piece of paper where I can write the personal greeting.
I’m going to give this Christmas card as a gift, so I’ve sewn a small envelope on the other side for a voucher to go.
Sewing a Christmas card, example 3
Here, you can have fun playing around with woven ribbons, bias tape, as well as fabric and scraps of paper. No matter what material you work with, you’ll need lots of strips that you can then easily make into Christmas trees. You can either glue or sew these onto the Christmas card, whichever you prefer.
As I said, this is just the beginning. The more time you have, the more ideas will come. But even if it’s getting close to Christmas and you don’t have much time, you can still sew or make all the Christmas cards in one evening. Or you could turn it into a craft afternoon with children, if you have any around.
Either way, I hope you have lots of fun sewing Christmas cards and I wish you a joyful, relaxing Christmas season.