How to Hand-stitch a Card

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

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!

24 thoughts on “How to Hand-stitch a Card

  1. 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.

  2. 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. 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!

    1. 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!

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

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