Hand-Stitched Place Cards

I’ve got a really easy place card project for this week’s Friday Favorite post. It’s perfect for your Thanksgiving table, and you probably have everything you need on hand. Some of my favorite projects are the ones I can complete without a trip to the craft store.
Stitched Place Cards

Normally the craft store is a magical place filled with glitter and wiggly eyes, where happiness abounds on every shelf. But not this week. I lectured the kids thoroughly before getting out of the car:  I’m not buying candy, so don’t ask. We have a HUGE bowl of Halloween candy at home. Candy is the absolute last thing we need. And don’t even THINK about asking me for stickers because you got TONS of craft supplies for your birthday last week. The lecture didn’t work, to say the least.

Our trip ended with Charlotte telling all the people in line that I was rude and I didn’t want her to be happy because I don’t like her to have stickers. (UGH. For so many reasons). After I completed my purchase, I found Nolan standing guard over the sticker display. As I picked him up, he grabbed an armful of shiny sports stickers, screaming, “I WANT THE BASKETBALL!!!” I pried the stickers out of his sweaty fists, put them back on the rack and tried to explain that we have stickers at home. We left the store, Nolan red-faced and screaming, and Charlotte trailing behind me still protesting the injustice of my sticker boycott. The product of recent stressful days and sleepless nights is my sanity dangling by a thread. And that thread snapped the second Nolan pulled the arched back refusal-to-get-in-the-carseat maneuver.  It’s his special talent. I mean, this kid doesn’t even let down to take a breath. It’s impressive, really. But that day, it was my undoing. I started sobbing right there in the Michael’s parking lot. I think they realized they’d officially pushed me over the edge, because they stopped complaining and buckled up. I’m feeling much better now. Sometimes you just need a good, ugly cry to get it out of your system. But the point of the whole story is that fewer trips to the craft store equal fewer public breakdowns for me. Enough about embarrassing mommy meltdowns, let’s talk about paper crafts.

Hand-Stitched Place Cards
Here’s what you’ll need for this project:

  • Card Stock
  • Patterned Paper
  • Needle
  • Awl (optional–a needle works just fine, too)
  • Scissors
  • Spray glue (or a glue stick. I just like spray glue)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Printer (also optional…you could hand-write the names if you’d prefer)

Hand-Stitched Place Cards

  • Print the name out on card stock. Use an ink color similar to the floss you’ll be using.
  • Use the awl or the needle to poke holes along the name.
  • Thread your needle and start stitching. Use a piece of tape to hold the thread against the back of the card, rather than tying a knot.
  • Stitch along the holes and tape your string off on the back of the card.
  • Cut out the name, and use spray glue to mount it on a piece of patterned paper, and then again on a folded piece of card stock. 
  • Repeat for all of your dinner guests.

I think this concept would be really cute if you used your kids’ handwriting as the guide. Maybe have them write their own place card every year, and stitch it so you can see how their writing changes over the years. 

Have a good weekend!

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