Some of my most cherished gifts have not been gifts at all–they have been cards. My sweet husband is particularly skilled at writing cards so wonderful and eloquent that there is simply no way I could ever, ever part with them.
And so, if you want to give those you love the gift of words this holiday season, make sure that card you write them in is extra special–and special in my book usually means embroidered. With the right tools these embroidered homemade Christmas cards are easy to make and have a wonderful understated quality that won’t upstage the words of love you have for those in your life.
- Sew Easy Piercer Tool
- Sew Easy Piercer Tool Attachments (lots of great choice here. I used Burst, Cross and Loop de Loop)
- Sharp Needles
- Fancy Floss–Glitter
- Sew Easy Piercing Mat
- Straight Edge Paper Cutter
- Journal Pen Set
The really unique tool that makes embroidering paper possible are these sew easy tools. They are pretty simple but allow you to embroider perfect little designs on paper. It is basically just a stem with lots of different little heads that fit on top. Each head has tiny little points that roll out different designs on paper that you can then stitch.
Using the sew easy tools is pretty straight forward. Simply cut your card stock to your desired size. Then, place the card stock on a piecing mat. The mat is important because it is spongy and allows the little points to pierce all the way through the paper. The mat is also helpful because it has lines that help guide you as you roll so that your stitches are straight.
After you holes are pierced it’s time to stitch your handmade Christmas cards. For this step it is important to use a sharp needle. The Sew Easy tool does a great job of showing you where to put a a stitch, but I found that I needed to make the holes a little bigger and therefore having a sharp thin needed was helpful.
I really love that each of these piercer heads can be stitched up in a variety of ways (the back of each package shows you all the possibilities, so make sure to keep those!). For example, this head is called “cross”, for making cross stitches, but you can also stitch it up this way and it looks like a pine tree branch.
For stitching I used the special glitter fancy floss.
Now, I could have added more rows of stitches, or different paper strips, but in the end I decided to just add one strip of stitches along the bottom of each card. It’s simple, but, as I said at the beginning, I wanted the WORDS to be the stars of these homemade Christmas cards. And, plus, I often times find that simple is best.
Here are the three types of cards I stitched up.
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Nancy is the play-at-home mom of 3 little ones, ages 3 and under. When she gets a chance she blogs at dosmallthingswithlove.com about the intersection of motherhood and creativity. She has a special passion for embroidery, something she has been doing and experimenting with since she was a girl. A farm girl at heart, she now lives in Minneapolis and enjoys gardening, reading, stitching, traveling and painting. Most any day you can find her with a baby on her hip, barefoot, chasing her kids around the yard and eating beans fresh out of the garden.