A family friend turned 80 recently and had requested no presents. Whilst thinking about making her a card I came up with the idea of incorporating a small momento into it. This means she will have something lasting a little longer.
I cut the numbers out of some silk fabric paper I had made, and blanket stitched them to a piece of silk. Then I stitched little flower sequins on, held in place with a tiny bead. I love the way these flower sequins are shaped rather than laying flat.
Then I made it into a lavender bag, filled with dried lavender from my garden, and put a running stitch around each number stitching through the whole sachet in order to keep it flatter. The final thing was a ribbon attached with bows and some of the little beads.
The ribbon slid tightly over the card, in order to do this I had to open the card flat and curve it a little, but being so tight meant it could not fall off. A few of the flower sequins and beads were glued around to decorate the card itself but it really didn't need anything else.