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Oh Sew Special

Make this appliqued card by Bernadette Wainwright for that special friend who loves to sew.

  • Papercraft
  • < 1 hour
  • Beginner

Tools and materials required

  • 7” x 5” Card Blank
  • Co-ordinating card and white card for the Mat and Layering
  • Sentiment Stamp, I used Hunkydory ‘Sew Special’ Stamps
  • Versafine Imperial Purple Ink
  • Double Sided Tape or Glue
  • Scraps of fabric from your stash, I used Liberty Tana Lawn
  • Fusible web/bonding agent for the applique
  • Thread
  • Decorative Buttons
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Sewing machine
  • Embroidery/Darning Foot
  • Either a ScanNCut or Scissors


Before you start your project, gather all your supplies and have a quick read through the instructions just to familiarise yourself with the terminology.

First cut your mat and layers, the co-ordinating layer needs to be 6¾” x 4¾” and the mat 6½” x 4½”.


Roughly cut to size your fabric. Following the manufacturer’s instructions fuse the bonding agent or web onto the wrong side of these pieces with an iron. This is double faced adhesive and later will be ironed into position.

If cutting with scissors, draw the design onto the wrong side of the fabric/fusible web. You may need to mirror your design to get the correct effect. Cut out the applique along the design lines and then remove the paper backing. Position right side up on the front of the white mat card.

If using the ScanNCut, make sure the high-tack adhesive fabric support sheet is attached to the standard mat. Remove the paper backing from the bonding agent and place the fabric on the mat fabric face down, using the spatula to remove any wrinkles. Several pieces of fabric can be placed around the mat at the same time.


Scan the mat and select design AR-H013 from the stored pattern selection, increase the size to height 2.17” and width 3.00”. You will need to mirror this design. Positioned each part of the design accurately over the fabric to utilise every scrap. Carry out a test cut to ensure that the correct pressure and blade setting are selected. As I am using a thin tana lawn fabric with fusible web applied I reduced the cut pressure to 2 and a blade setting of 4 but each machine will have slight variances, so always carry out a test piece. Cut out both elements of the design. Once cut, position right side up on the front of the white mat card. When you are happy with the positioning, iron in place, using a dry iron (NO steam) bonding your fabrics with the card.


For free machine embroidery, loosen the thumbscrew and remove the presser foot holder with foot attached. Attach the embroidery or darning foot to your machine and tighten the thumbscrew firmly with the screwdriver. Lower the feed dogs before you start sewing. When sewing onto card always use a separate machine needle, it’s just like working with scissors, never cut paper/card with fabric scissors and never use the same machine needle to sew paper/card then fabric. Practice on some scrap fabric as this technique can be quite tricky at first but once you’ve mastered it your only limit is your imagination.

When stitching you can use thread which blends with the fabric or make a feature by using vivid colours, shiny crayons or metallic threads which can look very effective and give a further dimension, I have used a deep purple embroidery thread with a soft sheen on the top and white thread in the spool. Stitch round the whole design and remember to add a little for the thread.


Using the Versafine ink stamp the sentiments on the front and inside of the card.


Using tape or glue mat and layer the card. To finish position the small buttons on the front of the card and when you are happy, using your hot glue gun, attach to the front. Your card is now complete.


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