Category Archives: Sewing

Sewn Business Cards

I realized these bad boys never made it to my current website when I created it a couple years ago!

Sewn Fabric Resume

Sewn Resume
I get so many emails about my sewn fabric resume, usually found on Flickr, that I figured I’d make a post and brief instructions on how to make your own.

I initially made this resume during my senior year in college. I wanted it to really represent not only my design skills, but my affection for sewing and including handmade elements in my design work for a more intimate feel. That and, well, I suppose it would be harder to throw away a resume like this. And yes, I got the first job I applied for out of college.

Melissa Washin Sewn Resume
The briefest of tutorials:

1) Print your resume on t-shirt transfer paper (remember to flip the design before you print it)

2) Iron that bad boy onto white or light colored fabric. I chose plain white woven cotton.

3) Sew your new fabric resume to a colorful fabric backing of your choice.

That’s it! In this version, I embroidered a small MW at the top. Get creative!

The Rabbit & The Duck

Another sewn business card!
I spotted this in a list of creative business cards and was happy to see other people getting crafty with their business cards (like me!).

This person actually creates and sews adorable things and sells them on Etsy, so I suppose the sewn card is even more fitting for them!

Sewn Birthday Card

Birthdays are the perfect excuse to get your craft on.

My lovely boyfriend was the recipient of this card.

The Moment I Started Making Things

I was organizing some old files (now that I have my sexy new MacBook Pro) and I came across this picture, which I snapped of a photography project I made back in 2004-ish.

I’m pretty sure this is the first time I took paper to a sewing machine. It was something like 5 o’ clock in the morning and I needed a way to convey the relationship between these boys, who were all the very best of friends as well as roommates. I suppose my super tired brain took the idea of “connecting” them and made it quite literal. Feedback from the class suggested that the color red of the thread may imply relation by blood, or that they were brothers.

There are many things that I’d do differently if presented with the same situation today, but it’s makes me happy to have found the moment when I started my tactile adventures.