These cards are so lovely and so easy to make you may find yourself making a card instead of purchasing one the next time an occasion arrises. My friend, Jenny, gave me a card she stitched and I had to learn how to make them. They are wonderful projects for kids because the firm paper is easy to hold and the pre-punched holes eliminate the question of where to go next. My daughters made the cards in the picture to hold gift certificates for Christmas last year, but they could be used for any occasion with just about any design. Children as young as four or five can make these with assistance. Older children and youth should be able to make them independently and stitch more intricate designs.
Instructions for making hand stitched cards:
1. Gather supplies
- Greeting cards and envelopes (can be found in the scrapbooking section of a craft store)
- Pearlized post cards (can be found in the scrapbooking section of a craft store)—You could also use card stock or a heavy weight scrapbook paper and trim to size.
- Designs (see instructions below)
- Embroidery floss—You can use regular embroidery floss (all six strands). I love to cross-stitch and needlepoint so I have collected quite an assortment of different fibers. We pulled out the stash and used whatever suited our fancy. This craft lends itself very well to creativity so have fun if you have access to other fibers.
- Darning or embroidery needle
- Push pin
- Piece of felt or towel
- Hard Surface—Because you will be punching holes in the paper you will want something to protect your work surface.
- Needle threader (optional)
2. Choose a design
Draw a design onto a piece of paper using stencils or free hand a design. A more simple design will be easier to stitch. Make dots on the edges of the design. The dots should be far enough apart that when you stitch the paper does not tear.
3. Cut your postcard to size.
We measured our greeting cards and cut the postcard one-half inch shorter on all sides so we would have a one-half inch border around the stitched card.
4. Layer your design, postcard, soft cloth, and protective barrier (if needed).
5. Punch holes
Use the darning needle or push pin to punch the holes in the postcard on the dots. We found that the postcard was thick enough it was difficult to use the darning needle and the push pin was easier on our hands. Older children and youth can punch the holes. Because of the thickness of the card, younger children may need assistance with this step.
Here is how the card will look after it is punched.
6. Begin stitching
Choose your fiber (embroidery floss or other needlepoint fiber). Thread floss onto the needle. Begin stitching on the back side of the card. Secure the thread by tying a knot in the end of the thread and taping the knotted end to the back side of the card.
7. Stitch the pattern
Stitch up and down around the pattern. There are many options of how to stitch the design. One is to go through every hole, continuing around the card. Another option for more advanced stitchers is to backstitch the whole design so there are no spaces. (See the pictures below.) Finish on the backside of the card and trim and tape the thread to the backside of the card.
8. Finish card
Glue or tape the stitched post card to a greeting card. (Scrapbook adhesive works well.) Write a message and bless someone with a hand stitched card.
Here are some cards we made for Christmas.
Watch the Hand-Stitched Card Video Tutorial
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