What a wonderful way to send a personal note in the mail! These DIY hand stitched cards kick it up a little.

How to Hand-stitch a Card

Want to learn how to hand-stitch a card? It’s a project that’s easy to make and so much cheaper than buying in a stationery store.

Years ago I saw a hand-stitched card in a stationary shop and fell in love. Well, maybe that is a little over the top but I really liked it. The only problem was the price was out of my card-buying price range. I went home and started playing around with the blank cards and embroidery floss I already had and soon had my own hand-stitched card.

This card is very simple to make and only requires a few supplies. You will need to know how to make a simple back stitch before starting this tutorial.

How to Hand-stitch a Card

You will need:

One blank card (Here are some inexpensive options.)
Embroidery needle
Embroidery floss (I used a bright pink and a lighter pink for this heart)

First, draw your design onto the card. I drew dots around the perimeter of the hearts so I could space out the stitches but ended up making the holes a little closer together in the end. Use your embroidery needle to carefully punch holes through the card. I usually punch the holes from the front side (where the design is) and then turn the card over and punch through from the back so it is easier to stitch. Be careful because the paper will bend. Erase your pencil lines.

Hand-stitch a card photo of heart drawing


Now you can begin to back stitch. The nice part about this project is you just follow the lines. Below are a couple of pictures of me stitching this card—the second one shows how I tucked the thread under the first stitch so I didn’t have to make a knot.

hand-stitch a card photo of stitching a heartHand-stitch a card another photo of stitching a heart
Here I took a photo of me looping that last stitch in to make a knot. After knotting, cut the loose strands of embroidery floss.

Hand-stitch a card closeup of finishing the heart stitchery

Now that you know how to hand-stitch a card, you can make several and give them as gifts. You can also embellish them with your own drawings to add some more personality to each card.

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Have a lovely {and creative} day!



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24 responses to “How to Hand-stitch a Card”

  1. Michelle@TheRibbonRetreat Avatar

    What a fun idea! I love handmade cards. I think they have so much more meaning! Thank you for sharing this fun craft. PINNED!

    1. Jennie Avatar

      Thanks, Michelle! 🙂 🙂

  2. Wanda Avatar

    Me encanta! I love it! Thanks for sharing…

    1. Jennie Avatar

      🙂 🙂 And thank you for stopping by! Have a great day!

  3. Diana Rambles Avatar

    These are adorable!!

    1. Jennie Avatar

      Thanks, Diana! 🙂

  4. Corinne Avatar

    This is not something I’d ever considered doing but it’s such a unique way to add something different and personal to a card. Thank you so much for the idea and sharing the instructions. So glad I saw the link at the Weekend Wind Down.

    1. Jennie Avatar

      You’re welcome! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend! 🙂

  5. Bev Avatar

    These are really cute, and look like they are very easy to make! I like the idea of making cards, but I think of it too late. I’ll have to keep these in mind the next time someone has a birthday. Thanks for sharing, stopping by from the Pretty Pintastic Party.

    1. Jennie Avatar

      Thanks for stopping by, Bev! I’ve made packs of these (4-6 cards) for gifts before and they always turn out so cute! Enjoy!

  6. Jen @ The Evolution of Mom Avatar

    I am so in love with handmade cards and these are awesome! I would love to get one in the mail. So pretty and thoughtful!

    Please visit our link up at http://theevolutionofmom.com/momma-told-me-link-party-5/

    The Evolution of Mom

    1. Jennie Avatar

      Thanks for stopping by, Jen! I visited your link party but the collection was closed. :/ But I’ll keep you in mind for the future! Have a great day!

  7. Emily @ Two Purple Couches Avatar

    These cards are just too cute!! They’d be perfect for so many occasions! I’m featuring them at today’s Creative Spark party. We hope you’ll link up with us again this week: http://twopurplecouches.com/2015/01/creative-spark-link-party-37/

    1. Jennie Avatar

      Thanks so much, Emily! 🙂

  8. Helen Gullett Avatar

    Oh this is so lovely! I wanna try it 🙂 THANK YOU so much for the tutorial!

    1. Jennie Avatar

      You’re welcome! Have fun! 🙂

  9. Ana Love Craft Avatar

    Hi Jennie, your cards are absolutely adorable! Thanks for sharing tutorial. Pinned!
    Have a great day!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

    1. Jennie Avatar

      Thank you, Ana! I’m so very glad you stopped by! 🙂 Have a wonderful day!

  10. Lindi Avatar

    I love these!!! Such a great idea!! Beautiful 🙂

    1. Jennie Avatar

      Thank you, Lindi! 🙂

  11. Mari Avatar

    Jennie so beautiful!!! Found you on BonBon Break following you!

    1. Jennie Avatar

      So nice to meet you! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  12. Clemencia Avatar

    Beautiful! Nice tutorial 🙂 I have to get it together and start collaborating with some tutorials myself 🙂

    1. Jennie Avatar

      Thanks so much–I’m glad you liked it! 🙂

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