Tuesday, December 8, 2009

One Seam Flying Geese Christmas Card Holder

one seam flying geese christmas card holder up close

I have been thinking about this one for years. I get lovely Christmas cards every year. I never have a nice way to display them.

Are you familiar with the one seam flying geese technique? I saw it a year or so ago on Quilt in a day and have been thinking about this project ever since. There are so many great tutorials out there about it. The Quilt show has a video that is super easy to understand. You basically start with two squares and a rectangle. The rectangle is folded and sandwiched between the right sides of the squares and you sew a seam down the side. 20091107_999_24

You open it up and Voila! You have a single seam goose. Ha! I made up some with green and red to be like a Christmas tree.


I did a block with red squares and a narrow brown rectangle and sewed just the side of the square to make the trunk in a similar way to the geese.


Although it isn’t a goose, it is a trunk.

I pulled out some cards and decided how big I wanted my geese and went with that. I made three trees out of them, threw on some polka dot sashing and a binding and called it a day. Really I was a slacker and this took me three days playing with it. I could have finished it in a jiffy if I was serious about it.

one seam flying geese christmas card holder

Each triangle is a pocket where you can put your cards. I just love it! I always say that, don’t I? I can’t help it, I really do. I am on a huge red and white kick and I just love Michael Miller. I have been keeping this fabric for a long time dreaming up the stuff I wanted to make with it. I think a huge part of a project is the materials you choose. I am slowly learning that if you use inexpensive (cheap) materials to make your projects, they just don’t last. I really want my time spent on each project to be worth my time and money. I am always happy when I choose quality over price when I purchase anything going into my projects. I don’t mean just fabric, but any kind of item I use to make something…I like it to be a good quality item. Just my two cents.

I threw a few cards in it to show you just how cute it is all done up! Did I say I love it yet? I do. It is almost too cute to put cards in it.

one seam flying geese christmas card holder with cards

I am so excited to finally have a way to show off all the Christmas cards I get. Now I just need to work on taking a family picture and sending my own Christmas cards out. Yikes! If this inspires you to make a single seam flying geese Christmas card holder, please share a picture with us on our flickr group. We have a lot of readers and not a lot of comments. Sometimes I’m not sure if you are reading this because I have a booger hanging out of my nose and you think it is funny to watch, or if you really like what you see. It is nice to know you are getting something useful out of what we are sharing…. Particularly when what we share is as cute as this;)


Heartfelt and Handmade Holidays


Katrina here,

Oh Anjeanette!!!!!! It turned out great! I LOVE IT! I have been waiting a month to see how this turned out. She taunted me with the fabrics and the design idea about a month ago and I have been dying to see it. Some days I have to wait till she posts to see the final project (because we live 2.5 hours away).

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Deb said...

It may not be a goose, but it certainly is DARLING!!! What a gorgeous addition to your home!

CitricSugar said...

Super cute - and thanks for the links. After the holidays are over, I'll be trying that technique!

And I agree with you about using cheap materials. It just isn't worth it in the end.

Joanne said...

Very cute!

Shorty said...

That is a great project, and the link to the video was very sweet of you to share! I can't get over how easy his instructions are to follow. I love how yours turned out!

Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry said...

How sweet is this!! You are ALWAYS coming up with such cuteness!

Lindsay @ Makely said...

Oh, this is fun!

KimMalk said...

This is such a nice idea. (I agree with using quality supplies if you are going to spend your time.) I can see this in "funky" fabrics for a photo holder in a preteen's room.

Dareth said...

I love it!
Why can't I sew???

Good Life 2 Go said...

I love this. But I don't have sewing machine. What a pity.

Melanie@Crafty Cupboard said...

Beautiful! I love Michael Miller's christmas line too. Haven't seen it around in any of my local (is 30 minutes away local?) quilt shops though.

I totally agree that quality counts. For crafts I'm not too worried about, I pinch pennies, but for big projects... I just save my nickels!

A Pretty Pastime said...

I have also been in search of a Christmas Card holder for years...this will fit the ticket. It's beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing.

Its So Very Cheri said...

Mow how creative is that? VERY

Just an fyi most people are not getting the correct info in their reader-my updates are over 2 weeks old and I have made multiple other posts. I've been on with Google multiple times and they don't have an answer and I am not getting everyones updates in my reader either.


Natalia from Piece N Quilt said...

Thanks for sharing! I love this idea for Christmas cards! Maybe before next Christmas I can make one of these for myself! :)

Carla said...

Hey thanks for sharing this. It's really cute.

Natalia from Piece N Quilt said...

I'm going to post a link to this on my blog http://sewwhattoday.blogspot.com! :)

Unknown said...

I wanted to say THANK YOU for such a wonderful way to display Christmas cards! I struggle with what to do with the photos each year, and made this this past summer. I love it, and it's such a wonderful way to show off all the photos we've received! THANK YOU!

Waseem said...

This is just great..i would like to spend my time for this to design Gift Card envelopes.