November already and it is time to start Christmas planning

So many people have told me that they love using Aurifil threads,  but that they have to use up the other threads in their cupboard before they can change over to use Aurifil for all their sewing.

Well I’ve found the perfect solution, so that you no longer need to feel guilty about those other threads in your cupboard

Make your own ‘loose thread” fabric and use it to make all sorts of Christmas things ….. starting with hand-made Christmas Cards!

Make your own Christmas cards this year

Card stock can be purchased from specialist paper stores or made by cutting 110g, A4 paper in half, then folding in half to make a card.

Purchased card stock will include the envelops but you can buy C5 envelops to match the cards that you make for yourself. ….. and making “loose thread” fabric is simple. Read on.

This melange of threads could loosely be called "fabric"

 Unwind some of those spools of thread that you no longer wish to use or, if you only have thread that you love in your cupboard, start saving the thread tails from your sewing.

All you need is some thread trimmings and some water soluble film

Sandwich the loose threads between 2 layers of water soluble film and start practising your machine quilting. The idea is to lock all the loose threads together with stitching that intersects. You might need to use a hoop to hold the “fabric” together until it is reasonably firm.

Spread the loose threads thickly, and evenly, between two pieces of water soluble film

My first round of stitching was fairly close stipple meander, in a neutral colour, but although these stitching lines are anchoring the loose threads they do not intersect, so the fabric would disintegrate if the soluble film was washed away.

Make sure that the surface stitching covers the complete surface and that all the stitching lines intersect

To connect all the stitching lines my next layer of stitching was a “loop de loop” background fill, in Christmas greens & reds. This stitching design is meant to cross over with intersecting lines and, as it is stitched over the top of the stipple, the loose threads end up really locked together.

Soak the "fabric" in water to dissolve the stabiliser

When you are happy that you have made a very stable piece of fabric, soak it in a bowl of water to remove the wash away stabiliser. Spread it out flat and when it is dry cut shapes to attach to the card stock.

Use the "loose threads" fabric to cut shapes to decorate your Christmas cards

Not  only have you made some individual cards, but you have also used up some of that unloved thread AND practised your machine quilting on something where mistakes will not matter!

PS: Don’t tip out the wash water. It can be used to stiffen, or starch, fabric for embroidery.

PPS: If you don’t have the time, or patience, to complete the detailed surface stitching,  a faster method is to sandwich the threads between a layer of home spun and a layer of organza or net. This method only requires sufficient stitching to hold the layers together. (See the trees on the centre card)

Another quick “no sew” method to make cards is to find a great conversation fabric with Christmas motifs. Simply iron some fusible web to the fabric, trim out the shapes and iron them onto some card stock, (see right hand card above).

So get to and start making crafty Christmas cards this year.

Water soluble film & fusible web are both available for purchase on the:
Always Quilting website.

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