How to Sew on Cards Tutorial with Handy Hints & Tips

Here we have created 3 card layouts with varying degrees of difficulty for machine sewing on cards, plus some handy tips to get you started.

Card 1: Sewn on Heart Doily Card

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What You Will Need

Dovecraft 6x6 Pearlescent Card Blank

Dovecraft Leyton 6x6 Papers

Tiny Tatty Teddy Heart Doily

Belle and Boo Accordion Sticker

How To Make

1.  Cut a piece of your chosen background paper to 14.5cm x 14.5cm.

2.  Cut a piece of paper to 11cm x 11cm. Use a small piece of double sided tape stick the doily to the paper, avoid sticking tape where you are going to stitch. 

3.  Use a straight stitch to sew around the doily and also the edge of the paper. We recommend slowly turning the corners as you go along to create a tidier finish.

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 Tip: When sewing pieces together add a small piece of tape to hold them in place while sewing.

5.  Add this to the centre of the background paper with a small piece of tape in the centre. Again, use the straight stitch to sew around the edge of the paper.

Tip: Sewing on card can blunt your needles so keep a separately need especially for papercraft sewing

6.  Stick to the card blank and for a pretty finishing touch; we have added an accordion sticker to the centre of the card.

Card 2: Stitched Happy Banner Card

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What You Will Need

Dovecraft 6x6 Leyton Paper Pack

Dovecraft 6x6 White Card Blank

Dovecraft A4 White Cardstock

First Edition Alphabet Die Set

Dovecraft Clear Stamp - Sentiments

First Edition Textured Cardstock

How To Make

1.  Cut a 15x15cm square from the A4 cardstock and stitch around the edge using a straight stitch.

Tip: When changing direction or turning a corner finish with the needle down to hold the paper in place while you lift the foot and turn the paper.

2.  Cut 5 small flag shapes using your favourite papers; add to the card by adding a small piece of tape to the back of each one. Use a straight stitch to sew across the card, stitching along the top of each flag to create a bunting effect.

3.  Tip: Do not put tape where you will be sewing, this would cause the needle to become sticky.

4.  Using the alphabet dies, die cut the word HAPPY and stick a letter to each flag.

5.  Using the Happy Birthday Stamp, carefully ink the stamp avoiding the word Happy and stamp to word Birthday to the bottom right of the card.

6.  Stick your design to the blank paper card.

Card 3: Mixed Stitches Butterfly Card

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What You Will Need

Dovecraft 6x6 Leyton Papers

Dovecraft White Circle Doily

First Edition Nesting Stamp Dies

Dovecraft 6x6 White Card Blank

Dovecraft Photopolymer Clear Stamp - Spiral Butterfly

How To Make

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1.  Cut a 15cm square piece of backing paper and sew around the edge of the paper using a straight stitch sew. Stick to the card blank.

2.  Using a different piece of patterned paper cut a 13.5cm x 7.5cm. Using the straight stitch again and sew around the paper twice, don’t follow the same line to create a wavy effect. Stick to the card blank.

Tip: For a neat finish pull the threads through to the back of the paper and secure with tape or wrap around the edge of the paper and secure at the back.

3.  Cut an 8cm x 2cm piece of paper, depending on your machine choose a decorative stitch to sew along the edge, we created a Zig Zag with a straight stitch, add to the left side of the card.

4.  Cut a different paper 12cm x 12cm, stitch a straight stitch around the paper, attaching half of a doily to one side by stitching it down the straight edge. Stick to the card covering the edge of the last layer.

5.  Cut a strip of paper 13cm x 2.5cm using a zigzag stitch to sew along the paper. Add to the centre of the card.

Tip: When changing stitch test it on a scrap piece of paper.

6.  Die cut the 6.5cm nesting stamp die. Stamp the butterfly onto a piece of the backing paper and cut out. Place the butterfly onto the die cut shape and stitch into place using a straight stitch. Stick the nesting stamp die cut onto the card.

Have you tried adding needlework to any of your recent craft projects or is it something you would like to try? Remember to upload and share your papercraft projects onto the project gallery.

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