Every year, I try to come up with a handmade original Christmas card for my two daughters and two youngest grandchildren. These have been in many forms in past years and this time, I decided on fabric cards. I started by choosing the four envelopes and cut the fabrics so they would fit.
For the two daughters, I made small Dresden plates from Christmas fabrics, sewed non-woven fusible interfacing to them, trimmed, turned and appliquéd the plates onto a piece of 4×5 fabric which would fit my envelopes well. I cut a backing the same size, sewed right sides together with an opening for turning, then top stitched. I included a panel on the backing with my handwritten “to-from” information. A button or other embellishments can be added.
I always include a dollar bill with the grandchildren’s cards, so in this case I made a pocket big enough to hold a bill or check or gift card and appliquéd it to a 4×5 piece of fabric. Then I added the backing as I did for the Dresden plate cards. It made a nice little holder for their dollar and is something their mother will save for them as a keepsake.