D.I.Y. Handmade Embroidered Holiday Cards

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.
DIY handmade embroidered wreath with bead berries.
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:
  • Blank cards with envelopes
  • ~ These are easy to find in discount stores or card shops.

  • Two colors of embroidery floss of choice
  • ~ I used gold for the bow and green fro the wreath.

  • Red seed beads for the holly berries on the wreath (you’ll need a small amount of single strand red embroider floss to sew the beads onto the card.)
  • ~These are easy to find in discount stores or Jo Ann Fabric stores.

  • Card stock
  • ~ The color is optional. I had some light green so used that. Hobby Lobby is where I buy mine.

  • Clear tape
  • ~ The type you use to wrap presents.

  • Glue
  • ~ Any type of glue that dries clear

  • Small brush
  • ~ I use a small brush for acrylic painting.

  • Embroidery Needle
  • Scissors
  • ~ any pair that will cut thread is fine.

  • Decorative scissors
  • ~ Optional. I use a pair of scrap book scissors to cut my card stock paper so the edges are scalloped.

  • Pricker tool
  • ~ Anything sharp can be used such as a needle. I bought mine at a craft store.
    Pricker Tool

  • Mat
  • ~ 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.
    tools needed for embroidery cards
    Pattern~ This pattern is free to download at Stitching Card Com
    embroideried card pattern

    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. pierced wreath pattern

    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.
    tape threads

    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.

    beginning the card
    completed but needs berries
    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.
    cut paper for inside card.
    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.
    paper glued on to card
    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.
    DIY Embroidered cards
    finished card
    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.

    Embroidered flower on card.


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    16 comments for “D.I.Y. Handmade Embroidered Holiday Cards

    1. December 5, 2013 at 9:48 am

      Oh my goodness! These embroidered Christmas cards are simply amazing. The recipient will definitely know how special they are as soon as they open these. I would be tempted to add a “made with love” stamp to the back…..just to ensure that my hard work wasn’t overlooked. Your embroidered cards are amazing. <3
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    2. December 5, 2013 at 10:04 am

      OMG — these are so cute. I used to get those from people when I was younger. Those are cute.
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    3. December 5, 2013 at 10:29 am

      Wow, that card is gorgeous!! That is so unique and creative! Definitely a card to cherish.
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    4. December 5, 2013 at 10:49 am

      What a great idea! I love how custom the cards look!
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    5. December 5, 2013 at 11:44 am

      Those are BEAUTIFUL! I wish I still had time (and patience!) for crafts like that. I loved cross-stitching when I was in high school.
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    6. December 5, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      Been a long time since i made homemade holiday cards! These are so much cuter than mine ever were! thank you so much for sharing! loved the pics!
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    7. December 5, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      That’s beautiful! What a great job!
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    8. December 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      I really like the look of that wreath card. It is so unique and it shows that the giver really put some time and effort into it.
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    9. December 5, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      How clever and crafty! Your love shows through and I’m sure the recipients are going to adore their cards.
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    10. December 5, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      Those are so awesome. How cool. I would love to learn how to make them myself!
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    11. Ashley M
      December 5, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      I think this takes DIY cards to a whole new level with it’s attention to detail. :)

    12. December 5, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      Those are so pretty, Grace. My aunt hand paints her Christmas cards each year.

    13. December 5, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      I love homemade cards… more personal. And your cards turned out so pretty!
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    14. December 5, 2013 at 10:56 pm

      I love the card!

    15. December 6, 2013 at 12:44 am

      These are really beautiful. I had no idea that you could make these cards this way. I think it makes them more unique and personalized.
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    16. December 23, 2013 at 11:05 am

      These are lovely. You did a beautiful job with these. I especially love the last one.

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