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    Three savvy ways to celebrate anniversaries
    Love is in the air! Susan Penny shares three clever ways to celebrate wedding anniversaries, with a card and two gift tags to make…

    ALL HEART

    Our floral heart design can be stitched for any anniversary, so you can whip up a suitable card in just a few hours.

    GLAM GREETING

    Use DMC Diamant to glam up a simple tag into something truly special.

    ICING ON THE CAKE

    Not only can you add a personal message using our alphabet, but you can add the anniversary year to the cake motif.

    Nothing is nicer than receiving a handmade card or gift tag – so if you know a couple with a wedding anniversary coming up – we’ve some ideas for you! First our modern heart card can easily be adapted using the alphabet provided, and makes a great greeting for a young couple. Our perforated paper tag, with a number added to the cake, can be changed to say Pearl, Silver, or Golden anniversary. Finally, our shiny aida tag, with wine glasses stitched in DMC Diamant, will add a bit of glitz to any anniversary gift!

    MAKE A… HEART CARD

    Our pretty heart design can be used for any anniversary!

    Note that the whole thread is used for the Diamant Backstitch and French knots.

    Step 1

    COMPLETE the stitching on a piece of DMC pink iridescent 14 count aida. Cut the aida so that it is slightly smaller than the front of the card. With a soft cutting mat underneath, place the card on top, and mark the edges of the card aperture with pins.

    Step 2

    USE double-sided tape and working on the reverse side of the card front, place strips of tape around the aperture and the edge of the card, taking care not to overlap the edges or stick any tape over the top of tape, which would cause a bump when the card is assembled.

    Step 3

    PLACE the stitching flat on the table with the pins still in place. Remove the backing from the double-sided tape, and place the card, tape side down, over the stitching. Press down evenly, so that the fabric is stuck to the card.

    Step 4

    TURN the card over, and fold the left and right flaps over the back of the stitching to check which one should be used to cover the back. Stick double-sided tape to the correct flap, peel off the backing, and press down over the stitching.

    (© Susan Penny)

    MAKE A… CAKE TAG

    Stitch on perforated paper and add a personal message.

    The aida fabric, perforated paper, card blanks, ribbon roses, Diamant thread and baker's twine are all available from www.willowfabrics.com

    Step 1

    COMPLETE your stitching then count the squares to show where you should cut – leave nine paper squares below your design, six either side, and 16 above. The top gets narrower at 42 squares, and the flat top is 10 squares wide

    Step 2

    MAKE your own template to fit the design if you like, but whichever you choose, make sure you are accurate, as you want the design to be in the centre of the tag. Use small, sharp paper scissors, and cut cleanly, leaving no paper ends.

    Step 3

    CUT a hole at the top of the tag for the baker’s twine hanger, and also for the ribbon rose. The slightly bigger hole will allow the rose to fit into the tag, rather than standing out too far in front. The hole is 4 x 5 squares. Use your tag as a guide to cut a piece of felt the same size.

    Step 4

    LOOP the baker’s twine through the hole in the tag, and then attach your piece of felt to the back using fabric glue or double-sided tape. The ribbon rose can be fitted into the hole in the tag, as a decorative touch which also covers the hole, secured with a few stitches.

    (© Susan Penny)

    MAKE A… WINE GLASS TAG

    Make a fabric tag that can be treasured as a keepsake.

    WILLOW FABRICS

    www.willowfabrics.com

    Visit this popular online haberdashery for all the stitching fabric, thread and accessories you’ll ever need, including the materials for these projects.

    Step 1

    MARK a tag shape on your stitched aida using pins. Leave roughly six blank aida squares below the design, six either side of the design, and 25 at the top, adding on a seam allowance. Tack the tag shape onto the aida, making a squared o. point at the top of the tag.

    Step 2

    PLACE the stitching right-sides together with a second piece of aida, then machine stitch on the tacked line, leaving the bottom edge open. Reduce the excess seam allowance, and clip the curves using a small pair of sharp scissors. Turn to the right side and press.

    Step 3

    FOLD the bottom of the tag to the inside. With a needle and thread, sew the seam together using ladder stitch – to do this, make a small stitch on one side of the opening, slide the needle through the folded edge, bring the needle out, change sides and repeat until the seam is closed.

    Step 4

    MAKE a hole at the top of the tag larger. Using metallic thread, make stitches from the central hole, out and into one of the surrounding aida holes. Continue until you have eight spokes working out from the central hole. Thread with a length of plaited stranded cotton.

    (© Susan Penny)