Chronicle Craft: Father’s Day Card Project


Father’s Day gift roundups have starting popping up on the blogs I read – gotta love those reminders! Since it’s still a few weeks away (Sunday June 21), I thought you all might want a little craft project to work on for your dear old dad. (This one’s so fun and simple, you could make cards for all your family members while you’re at it!)

Sabrina Moyle and Eunice Moyle of Hello! Lucky came up with this project idea, and it’s just one of many they offer in their awesome card-making book Handmade Hellos.

#1 Dad Blue-Ribbon Badge Card
Pay tribute to your pop with this colorful card that doubles as a festive, wearable badge. Choose fabrics that fit the occasion–necktie stripes, houndstooth, argyle, plaid–as well as the wearer. Rubber stamp or write #1 Dad on the inside of the card.

You’ll Need:
1 yard of 1 1/2″ or 2″ ribbon
Sewing needle
18″ of thread
Button (3/4″ or larger)
Small piece of card stock (large enough from which to cut a 1 1/2″ circle)
Craft glue
1″ bar pin with safety catch
Pretty, patterned paper (trimmed to 6 1/2 x 9 1/4″)
Card stock (trimmed to 6 1/2 x 9 1/4″)
Utility knife
Cutting mat, or a magazine
Bone folder
Glue stick
Rubber-stamp alphabet kit and ink pad or pens
6″ of contrasting 1″ ribbon

How To:
1. Make your rosette.
Fold one end of your ribbon 4 to 5 times back and forth, accordion-style, with each fold about 1/4″ wide (Figure 1). Holding the ribbon in place with your fingers, pierce it 1/4″ from one edge with a needle and thread (Figure 2). Pull the thread all the way through. Take the next portion of the ribbon and make 4 to 5 more folds. Pierce 1/4″ from the edge of the next folds with your needle, and pull the thread through. Repeat, making 4 to 5 folds at a time. The fabric should fan out on the open (unstitched) side until you have a nice rosette (Figure 3). When you are happy with the way your rosette looks, trim the end of the ribbon with the scissors. Match up the open edges, and sew the rosette along the joined edge (Figure 4).

2. Decorate your rosette.
Fold your contrasting ribbon in half, and adjust the fold so that it has two distinct tails (it should look like an upside down V) (Figure 5). Sew this to the back of your rosette, and trim both tails to a 45-degree angle. Position your button in the center of the rosette, and sew it in place (Figure 6).

3. Assemble the badge.
Cut a 1 1/2″ circle from your small piece of card stock. Apply some craft glue to this circle and center it on the back of your rosette. Press to adhere. Apply a small amount of craft glue to your bar pin and center it on the circle, pressing to adhere (Figure 7). Let it dry for 30 minutes.

4. Make the card.
Using a glue stick, apply glue to the wrong side of the patterned paper. Center the card stock on the patterned paper, doing your best to align the two sheets (it needn’t be perfect, you’ll be trimming off about 1/8″ on all sides), and smooth to adhere (Figure 8). Using the utility knife, ruler, and cutting mat, trim the card down to 6 1/4 x 9″. Using a bone folder and ruler, score the inside of the card at the halfway mark, and fold it in half.

5. Assemble the card, and write your message.
Decide where you’ll want your badge to sit on the front of the card. Place two marks in the approximate spots where the bar pin will pierce the card. Using the utility knife, cut two small slits at these marks. Pin your badge to the card, piercing through the two slits (Figure 9). With your rubber-stamp alphabet set, stamp your message on the inside of the card, or write the message by hand.

Project by Sabrina Moyle and Eunice Moyle. Photo by Sheri Giblin. Illustrations by Sarah Labieniec. Excerpted from Handmade Hellos.

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Kate Woodrow
Craft Editor

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