Oh goodness, you girls sure do love a swap - we're sitting at 130 sign ups for the 'Creative People Pen Pal Swap' and there are still more trickling in that I haven't added to my list yet. I've started pairing up pen pals, but please don't worry if you don't hear from me for quite a few days, as it's a pretty big list to get through and I think it will take some time to match everybody up. It's not too late to join either - just have a look at my post from yesterday and that will tell you what to do.
Today's DIY project is a quick one - making your own stitched accents. I sometimes like to pretty up my letters by wrapping them in yarn or string before popping in the envelope, but another nice option is to make a little accent to stick on top of the letter once it's ready to send. I know not everybody out there is a sewer, but these could be varied with pens, stickers or stamps - it's just a little something to make that letter look nice when it's about to be read.
To begin, cut out a few rectangular pieces of cardstock - mine were 8cm X 10cm, but you could do any size. Use a corner rounder (if you have one) to round the cardstock edges or snip the curves with scissors.
Add a few rows of machine stitching around the outer edge. Change the cotton colours for fun and also have a play with different stitches.
Use a pencil and lightly draw on a welcoming word to the cardstock - my word was hello.
Machine stitch the word and you're done! Whip up a few of these in advance, so that you have them on hand to pop on a pen pal letter after you write it.
To go one step further, I wrapped my letter in confetti paper before adding the accent on top.
I have lots of 'non sewing' pen pal ideas coming up on the blog soon too, so keep your eye out for them. Righty-ho, I'd better get back to matching up everybody - have a super weekend!