Make a Ladybug Party Card with Your Sewing Machine

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Shannon_Dennis Shannon Dennis, contributor
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Cutest little lady ever!
You need a few simple papercraft and sewing supplies to get started.
Place the ladybug head onto the cardstock and back it with cut-away stabilizer.
Cutest little lady ever!

Cutest little lady ever!

Photo: Shannon Dennis

Baby announcements. Birthday party invitation. Get well wishes. This little ladybug card is not only personal but also quick, simple, and will help you bond even more with your sewing machine! These can be made to any size...even gift tags!

What you'll need:

Paper cutter
Cardstock (black, light pink, and green)
Cut-away stabilizer
Pencil
Red fabric
Vellum
Black polyester embroidery thread


You need a few simple papercraft and sewing supplies to get started.

1. Cut out a half circle for the ladybug head from black cardstock, and place it on light pink cardstock. Lay the cardstock on a rough-cut piece of cut-away stabilizer. The stabilizer will not only allow you to use decorative stitches but also gives your paper a little more body to sew on.


Place the ladybug head onto the cardstock and back it with cut-away stabilizer.

2. Draw the ladybug antennae with a pencil on the cardstock.


Don't forget to draw you antennee...in pencil!

3. Sew the antennae as well as the head to the cardstock using a straight stitch.

4. Cut out a ladybug body from red fabric and place it under the head. Straight-stitch down the center of the body to create the two wings. Select a "dot" stitch on your sewing machine, and make any adjustments necessary to use only one dot at a time. Every machine will set up differently, so make sure to consult your user's guide or owner's manual for this function. Some call it single pattern stitch.


Use a straight stitch for the antennae and head, then single pattern dots for the ladybug dots!

5. Sew the dots on your ladybug wings and a "trail" pattern onto your cardstock. Cut away any unused stabilizer.


Cut away any unused stabilizer to decrease the bulkiness of the card.

6. Layer your green cardstock, the pink cardstock with the ladybug pattern, and your vellum. With a zigzag stitch, sew across the top of your card.


Zigzag across the top of the card. This is a great option when using vellum as you don't see any glue or tape.

7. Decorate with a cute greeting and write any party details on the back of the card!

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