Moving Right Along

Rebecca Kemp Brent

A generous slit, penny washers and dimensional adhesive dots engineer a bouncy ball that rolls along its own embroidered beach. This whimsical card is a Web Extra to "Moving Right Along" (featured in CME's May/June 2007 issue), which offers a host of other ideas for embroidered projects with moving parts, including step-by-step instructions for a framed bouquet of three-dimensional flowers. Click here to order this issue.

  • 6" x 8" card stock folded to make a 4" x 6" card
  • 6" square of cotton fabric
  • Lightweight cut-away stabilizer
  • Embroidery and bobbin thread
  • Removable marker
  • Fusible web or fabric glue
  • Two pennies
  • Three adhesive foam dots
  • Cardstock scraps
  • 1⁄ 4" x 1 1⁄ 2" window punch or craft knife
  • Beach embroidery designs of your choice, including a 1"-diameter beach ball
  • Optional: Hot knife or craft iron
  • Print or stitch templates of your chosen designs. Arrange them to fit a 4" hooping. Hoop the fabric with the stabilizer and embroider the designs.
  • When the embroidery is complete, roughly trim away the excess fabric, leaving a small margin around the embroidered design.
  • Back the embroidered fabric with fusible web or glue and attach it securely to the front of a 4" x 6" horizontally folded card. Position the embroidery in the upper two-thirds of the card front.
  • Use a window punch or a craft knife to cut a 1⁄ 4"-high slit 1" above the card’s lower edge, beginning and ending 1⁄ 2" from the sides. To use the punch, make a series of overlapping punches to complete the long slit opening.
  • Hoop two layers of lightweight cut-away stabilizer and embroider the beach ball. Trim away the excess stabilizer when the embroidery is complete. Optional: Use a hot knife or craft iron to melt the remaining stabilizer edges.
  • Cut two circles from card stock 1⁄ 8" smaller all around than the stitched ball. Glue one card stock circle to the embroidered ball wrong side.
  • Assemble the embroidered ball, card stock circles and pennies (washers) with adhesive foam dots as shown (A). The ball, its card stock backing, an adhesive dot and a penny will lie on top of the card with the embroidered background. The second card stock circle, an adhesive dot and the second penny will lie behind the card. The final adhesive dot sits inside the slit in the card front and joins the halves of the assembly.

  • When all is assembled and the adhesives have set, open the card and tilt it slowly from side to side. The pennies’ weight will make the ball roll and tumble from one side of the card to the other, as if an ocean breeze were pushing it along.

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