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DIY: Thank You Cards

Posted by Liz Atherton Oxfam Fashion blogger

7th Jan 2014

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Whether we chose to admit it, I'm sure everybody can relate to the childhood excitement that comes over us when it comes to receiving presents at Christmas. But what do we do when all our beautiful gifts are unwrapped, eaten, used, worn and quite frankly often exchanged? Say thank-you of course! Instead of dashing out to buy packs of thank-you cards to write out to your family and friends…why not make them?  This way you can be extra thoughtful with sustainable crafts! For this month's DIY I have a task for you all, collect together all your scrap bits of fabric or head to your local Oxfam and have a good rummage through the fabric bins - trust me you'll be amazed at the fabulous patterns you'll find. And let's shake off those January blues and get crafty.

Design 1: Fabric Flower

Follow these simple 5 steps and you'll have flowers in no time:

  1. Cut the piece of fabric to size and fold over so both edges meet
  2. Use a running stitch slightly inwards from the edge to sew together
  3. Pull the thread tightly until the fabric pleats
  4. Take each end and place behind each other and stitch to secure
  5. Repeat this with smaller or larger pieces of fabric and add beads through the centre

For the best finish use small amounts of PVA glue to attach to the card and place a book over the top of the card over night while the glue dries. Don't forget to layer as many flowers as you like!

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Design 2: Make-shift Gift Tag

I don't know about you but I always have far too many gift tags and wrapping paper left over after Christmas. So one fabulous way to use/re-cycle them is to turn them into thank-you cards. Simply select any gift tag you have and cover the words 'Merry Christmas' with 'Thank-you' and voila…you've given it a new life!

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Design 3: Hidden Tee

And finally number three, for this cute design I used a child's t-shirt that I bought a couple of months ago from Oxfam and now I'm so happy to finally be able to use it! I simply cut around the edges of the balloons and used PVA glue to stick to the card and laid a book over the top of it overnight to secure in place. Oxfam always have fabulous little children's clothes on sale with lots of adorable prints and beads that will always come in handy for your DIYs so make sure you check them out next time pop by your local store!

I hope I have inspired some of you to get your crafty head on and think a little bit outside the box for your thank-you cards this time round. As always we would love to see what designs you come up with so make sure you send your photos in via Twitter but most importantly enjoy!

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Blog post written by Liz Atherton

Oxfam Fashion blogger

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