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Posted by on Sep 28, 2010 in Cardmaking 201, Tutorial | 7 comments

Tutorial – Hand Stitching on Cards

Today’s tutorial is provided by Julie at Be sure and visit her blog to see her beautiful cards.

You don’t have to have a sewing machine or know how to sew to stitch on a card. I kept seeing cute cards with stitching on them and finally decided to try doing it by hand. It was easier than I thought!

Items needed:

  • cardstock
  • patterned paper
  • adhesive
  • pencil
  • paper piercer
  • embroidery needle
  • embroidery thread
  • ruler or piercing template
  • ink & stamps

Step 1 – Glue down any patterned paper that you will be stitching onto a precut piece of cardstock – this will become your card front.

Step 2 – With a pencil and ruler, lightly mark the paper every 1/8th of an inch. You could also use a paper piercing template for this step.

Step 3 – With your paper piercer, gently poke a hole on each pencil mark.

Step 4 – Thread your needle and start stitching, making sure to hide your loose end of thread on the back of your cardstock piece. (In the photo, the bottom piece of patterned paper is folded around to the back of the card.)

Step 5 – Simply weave your thread in and out for a dashed line effect.

Step 6 – Add some embellishments, stamped sentiment, and mat then mount to a cardbase to complete your card.

Here’s another card where I used a punched flower and “free handed” some lightly penciled dots to outline the stem and leaves.

Add a button and sentiment, plus the stitching and here’s a card sure to make someone smile.

Thanks again to Julie for today’s tutorial! Be sure and visit her blog or leave a comment to let her know what you think. Also, if YOU would like to submit a Tuesday Tutorial, please leave a comment or write me at Thanks!


  1. You must have read my mind! I've seen so many beautiful cards with stitching. Thanks to your post, I'm inspired to try it out myself!

  2. Thanks for the tutorial. Your cards look great.

  3. I love the look of Stitching on cards, it's wonderful and I ONLY wish I had the patience and was one who could sew well.

    That is one hobby that I'm terrible with…I struggle to thread the needle! 🙂

    I greatly admire those who can sew ! Lucky Ladies (and men)!!


  4. Gorgeous cards. I love the look of stitching on cards. I'm afraid most of the time, I don't have the TIME for that. But I would for a very special card for someone. Great tutorial. Thanks.

  5. Excellent work, Julie!

  6. I can't wait to try some stitching and put all that embroidery floss I collected from the eighties to some good use. I have a sewing machine but too cumbersome to pull out for cardmaking so ill have to try this handstitching!! Thanks!!

  7. I love the look of stitching on cards; thanks for a fun tutorial!

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