It’s a challenge for me to send out timely thank-you notes, or any kind of note for that matter — birthday cards, holiday greetings, you name it. I think if I had the notes all ready to go, pre-stamped and piled in the top drawer of my desk, then I might be able to master the art of proper correspondence. I’d love to send out these hand-embroidered thank-you notes* from Anne Weil of Flax & Twine; they have a great textural quality and would be very inexpensive to make. I imagine the recipient would love the note so much, he or she may not even notice how late it arrived :) Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us, Anne! — Kate
*If you love these notes but don’t feel like embroidering them for yourself, you’re in luck! Anne will be adding them to her Etsy shop soon.
Read the full how-to after the jump!
- envelopes (leftovers from your stationery drawer)
- paperboard (chipboard, cereal box, cracker box)
- embroidery floss
- embroidery needle
- sewing machine
- scissors and ruler or paper cutter
1. Cut a piece of recycled paperboard to fit the leftover envelopes at the bottom of your stationery drawer (4.25″ x 5.5″ is a common card size). The cards need to be cut smaller than the envelope size to fit easily.
2. With your sewing machine and NO thread, sew some lines at varying stitch lengths for running stitch, back stitch and chain stitch. Or try a large zigzag stitch with your machine. For a more advanced option, with two rows of parallel lines, you can create the blanket stitch, feather stitch or herringbone stitch (note that the spacing and relative positioning of the lines is critical for these stitches). If you aren’t familiar with the embroidery stitches mentioned or shown here, check out this resource for easy how-tos of the basic stitches.