Create a personalized greeting in no (or bow!) time! Embroidering on paper is easy with a few tips and special tools.
Generally speaking, when you embroider on paper, you’ll want to avoid dense satin stitch designs; pick paper that feels and behaves like fabric such as handmade paper; use a fine needle and thread; slow the machine speed; and use lightweight tear-away stabilizer. Even if you’ve used the design before, always plan to do a preliminary stitchout so you can test how the design works on paper.
Here’s what you’ll need to make the card featured above:
- Scraps of quilting cotton in 2 coordinating colors
- Cut-away stabilizer
- Coordinating embroidery thread
- Glue stick or spray adhesive
- Bow-themed alphabet collection
Hoop a scrap of fabric and cutaway stabilizer.
Load the alphabet onto the embroidery machine or software.
Create your special message with upper- and lowercase letters. If making multiples, plan to stitch several words in a single hooping.
Stitch the greeting, changing colors to suit your fabrics.
Unhoop the fabric and stabilizer.
Leave the stabilizer in place for added structure or cut it off, working around each letter.
Fuse heavyweight iron-on stabilizer to the fabric wrong side and trim the word to a rough rectangle, working 1” around the perimeter of the letters.
Fuse a rectangle of heavyweight iron-on stabilizer to the back of the coordinating fabric rectangle.
With glue stick or spray adhesive, adhere the stabilized embroidered fabric to the coordinating fabric. Cut around the embroidered fabric rectangle, creating a 1/2” border.
With glue stick or spray adhesive, adhere the coordinating fabric to the card, centering it on the front.
Give a final press on low heat, as needed.
Do you love this alphabet as much as we do? It’s perfect for the holidays, birthday gifting through the year, baby shower gifts and more. You can find the whole Bow Alphabet collection in our online shop.