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A Hand Embroidered Thank You

by Anne Weil

 


Make these beautiful hand embroidered cards to display your thanks to those special loved ones in a touching and stunning. Here’s a wonderful opportunity to introduce your kiddo to embroidery AND make writing thank you notes a tad more interesting. Or, use this project as a way to advance your child’s stitching techniques in a easy way. My daughter adored making these. More than that, she loved joining her mama for some side-by-side making time. The next day, she said to me, “Mama, its time for our stitching time!” And, my son said, “I wanna do one of those!” Ah, the sweet sound of success!

Materials:
Paperboard (gift box, soda box, cracker or cereal box) – Cut 2 pieces of identical size.
Needlepoint yarn or embroidery thread
2 Needles (one larger to create sewing holes, one smaller to embroider with)
Scissors
Pencil
Decorative tape
Markers

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Cut paperboard to desired size.  Make them 1/4 inch smaller in each dimension than those extra envelopes you have floating around your stationery.  Have your child create a simple line drawing, including space to write a few words of thanks.

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My daughter wanted to write a thank you note that would work as a book mark as well, so we used a long strip of paperboard.

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Pick a color and knot the end.  

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For my 6-year-old, I found it easiest to punch holes with a larger needle in advance of her stitching. The holes made it easier for her to get her yarn through and made the entire process more enjoyable for her. An older child might not need this step. I suggest teaching a simple back stitch.  For older children, try more complicated stitches such as french knots.

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My daughter loved making this and spending time stitching next to mom was fun regardless of to whom we were sending it.

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Once she got rolling, I didn't need to provide her much help.  Occasionally, she pulled the needle off the thread and I helped rethread the needle.  You could double the thread and knot both ends to prevent that. She loved picking out different colors and was done in no time. The next day, she asked me what we were going to stitch next.
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I worked on stitching another one of her drawings along side her.  We had such fun creating together.

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Finish the look of the card by sandwiching two pieces of paperboard together. 

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Take another piece of paperboard, cut the same size, and use washi tape to tape them together back to back, or wrong sides together.  I went around each side, folding the tape over both layers and then trimming the extra tape. Adding the paperboard to the back provided more room for a note as well. 

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We used markers to make the thanks stand out, erasing the pencil underneath. 

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Ready to go!  My daughter was so proud of her work. Who wouldn't want a gorgeous hand made thank you like this!

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Here are a couple of adult versions done with embroidery thread, if you want to give it a go yourself:

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Maritza

Anne Weil is a working mother of three lively and adventure-seeking kiddos. She knits, blogs, sews, designs and generates exciting crafty ideas at her blog. Anne relishes design that combines beauty with meaning. She loves creating things that stimulate the senses and makes that happy-making place inside you really hum.

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