Scrap fabric greeting cards brighten any occasion

By Dena Fishbein

Tribune News Service

I have boxes and boxes of scrap fabric in my studio, and I’m always looking for fun new ways to use it up. I love giving and receiving unique, handmade cards, and what better way to customize a card than using up those scraps of fabric? This is a quick and easy project that can be kept simple (using only fabric) or embellished using anything from ribbon and glitter to pompoms and trims!


Greeting card or cardstock

Fabric scraps


Glitter glue

Spray adhesive

Fabric pen

Pinking shears


1. Trace your card onto the fabric scrap using a fabric pen, then cut out.

2. In a well-ventilated area, spray the top of your card and the back of your fabric with spray adhesive. Be careful, this stuff is sticky, so it’s best to spray it over a covered surface!

3. Carefully lay your fabric down onto your card with the sticky sides together. Spray adhesive is pretty flexible, so don’t worry if it isn’t perfect the first time. You can always reposition. Smooth out any bubbles and let dry for 10 minutes.

4. Using your pinking shears, cut along the edge of the fabric and card.

5. Cut your ribbon about 3 times the size of the length of the fold line on your card. Fold the ribbon in half around the fold of the card and tie in a bow on the side. Cut off any excess ribbon. You can glue the ribbon down to the card if it seems loose.

6. Add a little sparkle to the fabric with glitter glue!

For our cards, we used scraps from our Chinoiserie Chic collection for FreeSpirit fabrics.