Here's another 15 minute craft using the sewing machine - Shaky Cards! :)
old plastic folders
old greeting cards or paper/card or photos
sequins/glitter/beads/cotton wool or ..?
We're going to make 'shaky' greeting cards using old plastic folders. The kids and I used old Christmas cards for the background (we throw our old birthday, Easter, Xmas cards into a big box and the kids use them for projects) but you could draw a picture or use a photo. Use your imagination! ;)
Take your card or picture and place it on the plastic folder. Draw around it with a felt pen, leaving a margin all the way round for the stitching. Cut through both layers of plastic, so you have two pieces. If you're going to write a message on your card, do it now, then sandwich the card between the two pieces of plastic. And then let your imagination run riot. Add some glitter, sequins, stickers, tiny beads or cotton wool. In the Xmas tree card (below) we used a handful of those tiny circles of paper that come out of the punch machine for 'snow'.
Set your sewing machine to a zigzag stitch - put in a contrasting thread if you like - and zigzag your way all around the card.
Voilà - a greeting card that's a bit 'different', recycles old materials and costs nothing to boot! :)