How to Make Stitched Holiday Cards

Follow these instructions by Mary Ayres to make these whimsical and creative holiday cards to give to your family and friends.

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Stitched Tree Card and Envelope

Materials and Tools:

white and yellow/gold card stock
printed or textured light green paper
white envelope to fit a 5" x 7" card
sheer green ribbon
silver star paper fastener
5 K&Company button brads or buttons
2 round 1/8" antiqued eyelets
red sewing thread
Beacon's ZipDry paper glue
Autumn Leaves' Savannah size 24 and 36 computer font
1/16" and 1/8" circle punches
scissors
sewing machine with embroidery stitches
bright green inkpad
rotary tool
scoring blade
sponge piece

Steps:

1. Cut a 10" x 7" rectangle from white card stock. Score a line down center of rectangle and fold in half to make a 5" x 7" card.

2. Antique the edge of the card with green ink, using a small piece of dry sponge.

3. Cut tree shape from green paper using the PDF pattern.

4. Antique edge of tree with green ink. Glue tree to card (bottom of tree should be even with bottom edge of card).

5. Sew a machine straight stitch around the tree 1/8 inch from edge. Sew a machine embroidery stitch 1/4 inch from edge of card.

6. Punch a 1/16-inch hole in top of tree and attach star paper fastener.

7. Punch 1/8-inch holes in tree at dots marked on pattern and attach button brads.

8. To make tag, print "Merry Christmas" on yellow/gold card stock. Cut a rectangle around words, leaving 3/8 inch of space on left side, and antique edge with green ink. Punch a 1/8-inch hole in left side of tag and attach eyelet. Insert ribbon through eyelet and make a knot. Trim ribbon ends even. Glue tag angled across bottom of tree.

9. To make the envelope: Antique edge of envelope with green ink.

10. Make the tag the same as step 5 above and glue to top left corner of envelope.

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Stitched Polar Friends Cards: Penguin, Polar Bear and Snowman

Materials and Tools:

white, black and three shades of tan/light brown card stock
Basic Grey blue, red, green, yellow, neutral printed or textured paper
3 homespun fabrics
natural, light blue and red hemp cord
12 small round pewter paper fasteners
orange paper fastener
3 Making Memories primitive heart eyelet shapes
black sewing thread
Beacon's ZipDry paper glue
Oz Handicraft BT size 26 computer font
1/16", 1/8" and 1" circle punches
scissors
sewing machine
blue ink pad
rotary tool
scoring blade
sponge pieces

Steps:

For the penguin card:

1. Cut a 7-1/2" x 9" rectangle from tan or light brown card stock. Score a line down the center of rectangle and fold in half to make a 3-3/4" x 9" card. Antique edge of card with blue ink, using a small piece of dry sponge.

2. Cut a 3" x 8-1/4" rectangle from blue paper. Antique edge with blue ink and glue to center of card.

3. Following pattern in the PDF patterns file, cut outside penguin shape from black card stock. Tear a 3/4" x 10" strip from fabric to make scarf. Glue scarf across back of penguin's neck with ends even at sides.

4. Glue penguin to bottom right corner of card. Cut inside penguin shape from white card stock and beak from yellow paper. Antique edges with blue ink and glue to penguin, as shown.

5. Sew a machine straight stitch around inside penguin shape. Sew a machine zigzag stitch around blue rectangle.

6. Tie scarf around penguin's neck and trim ends as needed.

7. To make tag: Print "warm wishes" on neutral paper. Punch a 1-inch circle around words and antique edge with blue ink. Punch a 1/16-inch hole in top of tag. Insert blue hemp cord through hole in tag and knot in scarf. Tie into a bow.

8. Punch 1/16-inch holes in face at eye dots and attach pewter paper fasteners. Punch a 1/8-inch hole in penguin at dot marked on body and attach heart eyelet.

To make the snowman card:

1. Cut a 7-1/2" x 9" rectangle from tan or light brown card stock. Score a line down the center of the rectangle and fold in half to make a 3-3/4" x 9" card. Antique edges of card with blue ink.

2. Cut a 3" x 8-1/4" rectangle from green paper; antique edges with blue ink and glue to center of card.

3. Following pattern in the PDF file (below the image, above right), cut a snowman shape from white card stock and antique edge with blue ink.

4. Tear a 3/4" x 10" strip from fabric to make scarf. Glue scarf across back of snowman's neck with ends even at sides. Glue snowman to bottom right corner of card.

5. Sew a machine straight stitch around snowman. Sew a machine zigzag stitch around green rectangle. Tie scarf around snowman's neck and trim ends as needed.

6. To make tag, print "think snow" on neutral paper. Punch a 1-inch circle around words and antique edges with blue ink. Punch a 1/16-inch hole in top of tag. Insert red hemp cord through hole in tag and knot in scarf, and tie into a bow.

7. Punch 1/16-inch holes in face at eye and mouth dots and attach pewter paper fasteners. Punch a 1/8-inch hole in face at nose dot and attach orange paper fastener. Punch a 1/8-inch hole in snowman at dot marked on body and attach heart eyelet.

To make the polar bear card:

1. Cut a 7-1/2" x 9" rectangle from tan or light brown card stock. Score a line down center of rectangle and fold in half to make a 3-3/4" x 9" card. Antique edges of card with blue ink, using a small piece of dry sponge.

2. Cut a 3" x 8-1/4" rectangle from red paper; antique edges with blue ink and glue to center of card.

3. Following the pattern in the PDF file (below the image, above right), cut a polar bear and muzzle shape from white card stock and antique edges with blue ink.

4. Glue muzzle to polar bear, as shown. Tear a 3/4" x 10" strip from fabric to make scarf. Glue scarf across back of bear's neck with ends even at sides. Glue bear to bottom right corner of card.

5. Sew a machine straight stitch around bear shape. Sew a machine zigzag stitch around red rectangle. Tie scarf around bear's neck and trim ends as needed.

6. To make the tag: Print "happy winter" on neutral paper. Punch a 1-inch circle around words and antique edges with blue ink. Punch a 1/16-inch hole in the top of the tag. Insert natural hemp cord through hole in tag and knot in scarf, and tie into a bow.

7. Punch 1/16-inch holes in the face at eye and muzzle dots and attach pewter paper fasteners. Punch a 1/8-inch hole in the bear at the dot marked on body and attach heart eyelet.

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