DIY: Father’s Day Card Part One

June 14, 2013 § 2 Comments

I am terrible with remembering holidays. I always tell friends happy birthday on their birthday party day, not their actual birthday. I show up to wedding and baby showers with a Target gift card purchased roughly 20 minutes before the shower. And I especially don’t remember Mother’s and Father’s Day.

But THIS year, I have my stuff together. This year, I’m going to give our dads Father’s Day Cards that rock – on the actual day!

To make these cards, you will need:

  • A sewing machine
  • A hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • A ruler or tape measurer
  • Some leftover large scraps of fabric
  • Heavy cardstock

You begin by cutting your fabric. You’re going to cut one strip to be 9 x 4 in. and a second to be 2.5 x 1.5 in. Take  the 9 x 4 in. piece and fold it hot dog style with the printed sides facing each other.

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You will want to sew the long side and one short side of your folded fabric, leaving one of the top ends open.

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Next, flip the fabric outside-in and pull tight.

Now, you’re going to want to fold the ends of the fabric in towards each other so they line up next to each other in the middle.

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Once you feel like you’ve got it centered right, apply a dab of hot glue to one end and then the other to set it.

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Turn the fabric so the clean side without the folds is showing. Pinch the fabric towards you hamburger style and apply a dab of hot glue to set the pinch.

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Turn to the folded side again and fold and hot glue the fabric above and below your last dab of glue. This is a little hard to explain with words, so hopefully the pictures clear things up.

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When you turn it back around to the front, it should look like this:

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Now for the last step of the bow-tie. Remember that little 2.5 x 1.5 in. of fabric you cut at the beginning? It’s time for him! Fold the edges in to make a clean thin strip. Put a dab of glue on the back and adhere it to the back of the bow-tie.

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Wrap the strip around the middle of the bow-tie and secure with one more dab of glue in the back. You’ve got a sweet little bow-tie now!

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Whew! That was enough for me for one day. Tomorrow, I hope to come back with making the card portion of this little crafty craft.  Happy bow-tying until then!

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