Monday, April 5, 2010

Mass Producing Quilted Cards

I hope you all had a great holiday weekend. Today, I have a tutorial for you. If you're a frequent visitor to my blog, then you know how much I'm loving the quilted backgrounds on my cards lately. This tutorial shows you how I mass produce them quite easily. The new Cosmo Cricket Material Girl collection with its sewing theme is just perfect for this technique. The pieced backgrounds make these cards perfect for the current Moxie Fab Challenge.

Here are the finished cards:

Supplies List:

3 sheets of coordinating double-sided patterned papers (I used Cosmo Cricket Material Girl collection)
1-1/2 sheets of cardstock for card base (Papertrey Ink Berry Sorbet)
1 sheet of coordinating cardstock (Gina K Designs Ocean Mist)
Sewing machine
Cream or white fabric
Buttons (Berry Sorbet buttons)
Twine or floss
Paper trimmer
SRM Stickers (square shaped stickers will work best):
Sticker Sentiments - Birthday, Thank You and Thinking of You

Step 1: Cut 3 panels (3-7/8" x 5-1/8") of coordinating, double-sided patterned papers.
Step 2: Cut up the 3 patterned paper panels together to make smaller rectangles.
Step 3: Make 3 A2 card bases and 3 panels (4" x 5-1/4") of coordinating cardstocks.
Step 4: Arrange the smaller rectangles of patterned papers onto cardstock panels, making sure you leave a narrow border around. Adhere patterned paper pieces
Steps 5: Sew zig zag stitches on the seams and running stitches around each piece.
Step 6: Finish the quilt backgrounds.
Step 7: Adhere sticker on a small piece of cloth. Trim around.
Step 8: Pull fibers to make frayed edges.
Step 9: Adhere cloth to quilt background. String buttons and adhere.
Step 10: Mount piece onto card base.
I hope you will try this technique. It's so much fun and the possibilities are endless. Don't forget you have 5 days to enter my First Blog Anniversary Giveaway. And join us all week at the SRM Sticker blog for a special Spring break blog hop. There will be lots of inspirations and giveaways, too!

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31 comments:

  1. Your quilted cards are so pretty, Nina! Thanks for the tutorial on how to make them!

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  2. Oh Nina this is so much quicker than making an actual quilt!!!! Love your cards and a great idea as gifts for sewing friends!!!

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  3. This makes them much easier! Love theM!

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  4. Love your quilted cards...the stitching is fabbie and you can't go wrong with the material girl line:)

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  5. Nina ! I love the Material Girl patterns ! Your " quilting" and tutorial is perfect ! Hope you had a wonderful Easter, friend.

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  6. LOVE LOVE LOVE these...sooo have to try this.....gotta learn how to sew first! ;)

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  7. thanks for the tutorial-great way to use scraps up, too!

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  8. Beautiful cards Nina! Thanks for the step by step tutorial!

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  9. Looking forward to trying this, just got to get the sewing machine up and running!! So cute and much simplier and quicker than making a full sized quilt!! Ha! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. these are awesome!!! What a great idea, TFS

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  11. WOW--your stitching is so perfect! Get a close up of that next time--I need to learn all I can from you:) YOU ROCK! Love these cards! All of them are beautiful!

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  12. Nice cards! Thanks for the great tutorial.

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  13. This is a great idea, I added it to my favorite techniques folder! And they are so, so pretty!

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  14. wonderful !!!cards !! very good stiches !

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  15. this is fabulous! you are so clever, Nina! love that you used the stickers on fabric!

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  16. I am so going to do this for one of my next cards. I just recently got my machine out aqnd started using it. If I can do the edges..I ncan do the whole thing...right? :)

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  17. Loving the quilted cards...I do not sew and I am envious of all of you that do. It makes the cards so special.

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  18. Thanks for the tutorial, Nina. Starting with sheets of the finished sized patterned paper and then cutting makes the process so much easier. These are cute cards.

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  19. Great cards and great idea. I just got a sewing machine and can't wait to try this out!
    thanks so much!

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  20. Great cards and great idea. I just got a sewing machine and can't wait to try this out!
    thanks so much!

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  21. I dusted off my sewing machine the other day... Had to make my daughter's invention project for school with the sewing machine. maybe I can try sewing on cards with it next week... :)

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  22. Gorgeous cards!!! Thank you so much for the tutorial. I can't wait to try it! :) What kind of sewing machine do you use? I have a Viking, but I'm thinking about getting a Janome Sew Mini just for papercrafting. I have yet to sew on paper, but you inspire me!

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  23. Love this! My sewing machine scares me so I have to skip that part and use faux.

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  24. These are fabulous Nina! I love the quilted look, and the stitching is a perfect touch! Great job with the Moxie Fab challenge!

    ♥♥♥Lea

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  25. These are super cool and very clever Nina. Love how simple you made them seem.

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  26. WOW! These are gorgeous, Nina!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  27. Awesome tutorial Nina!!! Thank you, now to get that sewing machine out and dusted off!

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  28. Nina these cards are awesome. Tried a 9 patch last week and it turned out great. I didn't sew my patches but use double sided tape and used glitter between the strips thanks for all the ideas.

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  29. Hey Nina! Thanks so much for entering the Picking Up the Pieces Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! :)

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  30. This is sooo clever! Will definitely give it a try myself.

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