Do you have special people on your Christmas Card List? I’ve got a few that I purchase special cards for because I know they save the cards and never through them away. This year I’m sending them an D.I.Y. handmade embroidered holiday card.
They actually don’t take long at all if you stick with a simple pattern and when the person opens the envelope then they will know just how special they are to you!
This is a great card for a beginner as there are only two colors of embroidery floss needed. The cotton floss works great but for this card I went with EdMar premium embroidery thread that is 100% rayon. I would recommend starting out with the 100% cotton brands as they are easier to handle.
Materials & Tools Needed:
~ These are easy to find in discount stores or card shops.
~ I used gold for the bow and green fro the wreath.
~These are easy to find in discount stores or Jo Ann Fabric stores.
~ The color is optional. I had some light green so used that. Hobby Lobby is where I buy mine.
~ The type you use to wrap presents.
~ Any type of glue that dries clear
~ I use a small brush for acrylic painting.
~ any pair that will cut thread is fine.
~ Optional. I use a pair of scrap book scissors to cut my card stock paper so the edges are scalloped.
~ These are usually rubber but styrofoam works or card board. You just need something to put the card on so you can prick the pattern on to the blank card.
Pattern~ This pattern is free to download at Stitching Card Com
After getting your materials and tools together you will need to download the pattern from the stiching card site. There will be four sheets to print from the pdf download. Read the directions on how to print off the pattern so it is the exact size you need to use.
This is a great site and I have purchased patterns from them and recommend them as I’ve never had a problem with them.
I tear off about four pieces of tape and roll it so the sticky side is out and tape one end to the other. You’ll have a small circle. Place the tape on four corners of the front top of the card. Place only this section on the mat. The card will be open with the back part of the card to your left (if your right handed) and off the mat. Match the pattern to the card so the pattern is now taped to the card. It just needs to hold the pattern in place and then the tape can be easily removed from the card when finished piercing the pattern on to the card.
Put the card on your mat as described above and take the tool and pierce the pattern onto the card. Doing it in a systematic way will help so you don’t forget to pierce some of the holes. E.G Start at the top and then work from right to left.
Once your pattern is on the card take the pattern off and the tape. You can re-use the pattern.
Now your ready to begin.
Cut a nice length of embroidery floss. Make it long enough so you don’t have to keep re-threading to finish the project but not so long that it is unmanageable to work with. I separate my floss so there are three strands rather than using all six strands. Six makes it too thick and three seems like it makes it heavy enough so it shows up nicely on the card. Do not knot the end of the thread. When you pull your first strand through you will use a small piece of tape and apply it to the end of the thread on the back side of the card.
The Stitching Card Site has included directions on how to embroidery this design onto the card in easy to understand directions. Read your directions and begin.
You will need three beads for each section of berries on the card. Test the size of the needle to see if it goes through the bead. You may have to switch to a thinner needle. Thread the needle with one strand of red floss and sew on to the card.
Now your ready to cut your card stock paper.
After it is cut take glue and smooth it over the inside of the card in a thin layer. I find it dries and does not leave noticeable spots. Take your card stock you have cut to the size of the card and press it to the glue and rub your hand over it to smooth it so there are no lumps.
After the glue dries you can write your message on the inside of the card and mail it. You can also write on the front if you want.
I find these are great projects for tweens and teens to begin learning to embroidery because it is not time consuming and they have instant gratification.
You can find several sites to purchase patterns and books with available patterns to make other cards for different occasions.