Trudy’s Technique of the Week: Make Your Cards SEW Special!
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Have you been itching to try some stitching? Many people don’t own or even want to own a sewing machine. When you have one, all of a sudden your family thinks you should push all of your cardstock off of your sewing table to mend the holes in their jeans. What’s up with that?! Don’t let not owning a machine stop you from joining in on one of the hottest trends in card making!

Hi, I’m Trudy and I am excited to share my first CardMaker blog post, and my love of stitching on paper with you! I would say that the majority of my cards have some kind of stitching on them, and of those, probably 95% are machine stitched. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t love to use hand-stitching, too.

When Brooke asked me to write a post about “stitching on cards,” I knew I wanted to share a project that anyone could easily recreate whether they have a sewing machine or not. I decided to do a Clean And Simple (CAS) card where stitching was the focus and not just an added embellishment.

Begin by taking a 3 1/2 x 3 1/2-inch piece of white cardstock and free-handing a sentiment onto it lightly with a pencil. Note: You could also use a large sentiment stamp and watermark ink if you prefer.

Use a piercing tool to punch holes about 1/8 inch apart along the entire sentiment line. Gently erase the pencil lines.

With a fairly thin needle and two strands of embroidery floss, chain-stitch the sentiment. To do this, tape the end of your thread to the backside of your work. Insert your needle into the first hole and out through to the front.

Insert the needle back into the same hole, but avoid going through your threads. Hold your thread close to the hole and pull it through, leaving a small loop.

Bring your needle up from the backside through the next hole and through the loop. Tighten or loosen the loop so that it lays flat before continuing.

Insert the needle back down into the same hole you just came out of making sure it is on the outside of your loop. Note: If you go down through the center of your loop, it will undo the last stitch. Again, make sure you hold the thread so you form another loop.

Repeat these steps until you finish stitching your sentiment, ending on the backside and securing the thread end with tape.

For those of you who are visual learners like me, I have created a quick 2-minute video to walk you through a few chain stitches.

Make Your Cards SEW Special Stitching Tutorial


You can now add your stitched sentiment to a card base and embellish to your little heart’s content! For my card, I attached it to a 3 3/4 x 3 3/4-inch piece of colored cardstock, and then adhered it to a 4 x 4-inch top-fold white card base.

If by chance you like the look of stitching but don’t have the time or you prefer faux stitching, there are many stamp sets on the market featuring stitches. All you have to do is ink and stamp!

Here are a couple of examples:

Build A Quilt stamp set from Clear Dollar Stamps, illustrated by yours truly

Sew Many Stitches clear stamp set from Inky Antics

You can also use a pen or marker and draw your own stitches.

Whatever form of stitching you decide to use on your cards, the people who receive them will feel special knowing that you took the time to sew some extra love into them.

Thanks for dropping by today!

~True 😀

Supplies used: Brilliant White and Violet cardstock from Discount Cardstock; pastel green satin with grosgrain edge ribbon and Bow-Easy from Really Reasonable Ribbon; 450 Quick Dry Glue from Helmar Adhesives; white self-adhesive pearls from Want2Scrap; Copic® marker from Imagination International Inc.

67 Responses to Trudy’s Technique of the Week: Make Your Cards SEW Special!

  1. Fabulous card True. You may have actually inspired me to have a go at this! Love the bow across the top, perfect finishing touch.
    Dawn xx

  2. auntie em says:

    Your card is so sweet and feminine! I admire the stitching people do on their cards and LOs…maybe I should pick up a needle and thread and give it a go.
    Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  3. debb says:

    This is a beautiful card- the stitching is amazing! Congrats on your first post! Looking forward to more!

  4. Lovely stitching technique Trudy! Great job and lovely first post 🙂

  5. Theresa says:

    Absolutely gorjuss, love the end result, simple, yet so elegant!! Thanks for showing how and doing with such easy steps, so sweet!!
    lotsa luv

  6. “Sew” Awesome True!!! Love the fact that you gave a great step by step and that you also gave other options for those of us who don’t have time to sew that many stitches but love the idea of the sewn look! 🙂

  7. ConnieM says:

    Great post true:):) I love to sew just don’t do it that often. Thanks for all the tips!! your Helmar sista!!!

  8. As always, beautiful work True! I love the stitched card look and the colors make me long for spring! Congratulations on your new role and I look forward to seeing more awesome posts from you. : )

  9. Maryann says:

    This is just soooooooooo gorgeous True, I just love the beauty and even in your lovely stitching, it just ooks sooo cool. Stunning result and the card just looks amazing as always.

  10. Annette A. says:

    this is awesome…thanks for sharing.

  11. Stephanie W says:

    What a beautiful card!! I used to love to chain stitch on cloth but never even thought of trying it on cards. I may just have to pull out my floss and give it a try. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  12. Bonnie Garby says:

    Wonderful card True! I’ve always love stitching on cards whether it’s hand or maching stitching. I love the idea of stitching your sentiment. I can’t wait to see more of your posts!!

  13. sandi p says:

    Sew beautiful!! So much inspiration … sew little time. HUGS

  14. Margreet says:

    Congrats on you first publishing Trudy…nice stitching and thanks for the clear explanation!
    xxx Margreet

  15. Sherry Lowmaster says:

    Beautiful!!! I just haven’t been doing a lot of sewing lately, but yours is gorgeous!!

  16. Anna Müller says:

    Lovely card. Nice to mix the techniques. 🙂
    I am a fan to the magazine by the webside.

  17. Rosalee M. says:

    Love your card Trudy. I love the wonderful warm colors and the technique is awesome. TFS
    Hugs, Rosalee

  18. Stacie says:

    Awesome stitching! Great colors too!

  19. Jovita says:

    Beautiful stitching Trudy and thank you for the wonderful photo & video tutorials, it looks like something I may be able to do!

  20. What a lovely card, True! Elegant yet simple…so it’s not overwhelming for a novice stitcher like me. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your great idea and excellent tutorial!

  21. fun card Trudy! I love paper embroidery! 🙂

  22. Peggy says:

    Gorgeous card True! I love the stitched sentiment. Your creativity never fails to amaze me.

  23. Diane says:

    Nice technique. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Olga J. says:

    This is absolutley gorgeous!!!!!

  25. Ithcing and stitching, hee! Great card, love your handwriting! Thanks for inspiring!

  26. cherylB says:

    This is sew…awesome! Love the tut.

  27. NanaConnie says:

    Great stitching and wonderful tutorial, True! You’ve inspired me not only to try the “embroidery” stitching, but to try some of the fancy stitches available on my sewing machine. Don’t know why I never thought about that before!

  28. Rhonda Miller says:

    Wow, your card is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your tutorial. I have tried some hand stitching on cards and do love the way they turn out.

  29. Your card is beautiful and your tutorial is very thorough and excellent.

    Congrats on your new adventure. I know it will be successful.


  30. Marsha says:

    Incredible patience to do all this stitching.

  31. Carole RB says:

    Great tut True. Have a nice day!

  32. Lydell Quin says:

    This is lovely Trudy!!!! Sew pretty! (he he!!!) The veriegated cotton adds a special touch too!

  33. Jan Hennings says:

    True….you’re so talented and love the stitching on the card!

  34. Very cool! Wish I could free hand words like that!

  35. Corri Garza says:

    Your card is fabulous! I love your instructions…I’ve never tried stitching by hand…will have to try this!

  36. Lisa Lara says:

    Oh what a great tutorial True. I have to try that chain stitch. Haven’t tried that. I love your hand drawn sentiment. How pretty! I didn’t know you designed the Build A Quilt stamp! Cool! Hugs!

  37. Melissa says:

    I have to try this technique! What a great card Trudy

  38. Patti J. says:

    Hi True! What a great idea – thanks for sharing. Your card is adorable! Hugs…

  39. Dee in N.H. says:

    Trudy! That’s awesome! I don’t have a machine but love the look! I especially like how you made the sentiment the focal point! Thanks for the video too, I think I can do this!

  40. Rae says:

    Gorgeous Card – love the stitching!!

  41. Debbie Dunham says:

    Love the card! I hate sewing but like the look LOL. Maybe I’ll have to give this a try!

  42. Barb Gmitro-Best says:

    Great tutorial True! Makes me want to try out some stitching on my own cards!

  43. SHARON hUTCHINS says:

    I LOVE this idea !

  44. Kathy D says:

    You make it look so easy!! I’m one of those that CAN’T sew but I think I can try this. Thanks for a great tutorial.

  45. Shell says:

    Awesome job on the card and on the tutorial, True!!! What a wonderful tech to use on a very special card.

  46. cute card! great tutorial!! 🙂

  47. True- fantastic card!! I have to admit I’m a faux stitching kind of gal. Heck I traded even way back in school and did someone else’s woodworking project as a trade for them doing my sewing project. 🙂

  48. Cathy (Kraftykoolkat) says:

    This is so gorgeous and very stylish. Looks the bees knees. Thanks for the tutorial I will give it a go.


  49. This is a real beauty True! So unique and crafty!

    Deanne 🙂

  50. Thanks to everyone for all of your sweet comments!
    I’m SEW glad you liked my card and tutorial!

    True 😀

  51. Carolyn King says:

    Sorry I didn’t get over to comment yesterday! LOVE this Tru! Beautiful card and idea!!! SEW terriffic!!

  52. Sara I. says:

    Oh True this is such an adorable card!! Love the colors and you make the stitching look so easy!! Thank you so much for the inspiration 🙂

  53. I love all the sewing….I wanna do this! It is just beautiful like everything you do!

  54. Sarah Taylor says:

    Oh True, this is just adorable! How fun and I know my grandmother whose sight is not good at all would totally love this! She used to be a crafter and would treasure something like this! Your right about patching things for everyone – what is up with that? I even got asked to fix some gloves. For Pete’s sake purchase some new ones. I don’t have time for that with all the crafting I have to do! =)
    Great job!!
    Hugs, Sarah

  55. Misty Willis says:

    Oh I LOVE this, True!!!! You have such beautiful handwriting!!!! Anyone would LOVE to receive this card in their mailbox!!!!

  56. Daria says:

    I love stitching on cards. Thank you for your video tutorial. Your instructions are very clear and make it look easy.

  57. Candy Fosta says:

    Fabulous tutorial – you always make everything look so easy. Card is beautiful too!

  58. True’s card is fantastic! As usual!!

  59. Betty Benton says:

    What a neat idea — a friend from church recently gave me some beautiful Brazilian embroidery thread; I just may have to put it to use!!

  60. basslady says:

    trudy, this card is awesome!

    wonderful, how you managed the sewing on the card!

    thanx a lot for this inspiration!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi xoxo

  61. Lenoria says:

    This card is so cute. Congrats on your magazine venture and as always – thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas and for giving such great instructions!

  62. Bonnie Ditto says:

    I always love verigated yarn. Your colors yummy!

  63. Val Williams says:

    Really interesting card, it certainly is a different look. Very inspiring!

  64. Jill Norwood says:

    Awesome tutorial! I love hand sewing on my cards especially at Christmas to make mittens and snowmen and trees with twine or floss or jute. Great video too! I am going to try this chain stitch for sure!

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