Sewing on a Card Tutorial with Special Guest Kathy Tanner

G’day, friends! I hope that you had a great weekend. We have a very special guest joining us on the blog today all the way from Australia! Kathy Tanner sure has a treat for you today with her post about sewing on cards. I just adore her sweet flowers that she sewed on her cards. I’ll let her take it away:


🙂 Hi!

I am very excited to be a Guest Designer for Your Next Stamp this month. I love their cute and quirky designs, they just make me smile. They are celebrating their 6th Birthday and I get to join in the fun! Yay!

I got 2 super cute sets to create with, Jessica with her Kitty and Phoebe with her Wagon. I love them both!!!

I made the Jessica with her Kitty card for my daughter’s birthday and you can probably tell that she is a “purple-loving girl”.  She loves it when I do a bit of stitching on cards too and I thought Jessica would look great walking through a field of flowers.

It’s so nice to do some sewing on a card, it really adds an extra little something in my opinion and I think the receiver can see the love that’s gone into the making of it.

I decided I would try giving Phoebe some flowers too. I just did the stems slightly differently and used brighter colours this time.

So I thought I would try to show you how I made the flowers on these cards.  If you’re like me, you’ve tried lots of different crafts before getting totally obsessed with card makingl!  Cross-stitch was one of my previous loves and I have LOTS of embroidery cotton sitting around.

I’ve used 1 strand of green for the stems and 2 strands of a colour to make the flowers.
I’ve also used an embroidery needle, some white card and a small foam mat.

You could get very precise and measure the stems so they are all even, all the same height, etc, but I haven’t bothered to do that with these cards –  it is all done by freehand.

I pierce 2 holes with my needle for the stem, thread it with 1 strand of green cotton and start from the back coming to the front and tape the end to the back of the card. Complete a simple straight stitch.  You could do it without pushing the needle into the card on the foam mat, but I find the card gets bent that way.

Then take the needle out and thread with 2 strands of colours for the flower.  Now you are going to sew a French Knot.  You might already know how to make one, as they are used in some cross-stitch and embroidery work.  They are easy when you know how.

You come from the back of your work again.  Come up through the hole which is the top of the stem you made. Leave a little thread at back and tape down.

Pull thread through to the front.

Hold the thread tightly in your left hand and wrap the thread over and around the needle.
I did 3 wraps for the flowers in the middle and 2 wraps for the outside flowers.  The more wraps you do, the bigger the flowers are.

Still holding the thread tightly in your left hand, you turn the needle down and into the same hole that it came up from.  Pull slightly on the thread in your left hand to tighten the “wraps” a little.

Slowly push the needle through to the back of the card, while holding your left thumb on the thread and keeping it taut, keep pulling the thread all the way through and you should have a beautiful little French Knot Flower.

I just use double sided tape to adhere all the threads to the back of the card.

As I use a fairly large needle, it leaves quite a largish hole in the card.  The top hole is covered by the French Knot, but I like to cover up the lower hole by using patterned paper as “grass”.

For the Jessica and her Kitty card I had the 3 flower stems coming from the same starting hole.  But with the second card, I did all the flowers separately.

I hope you’ll give embroidery on your cards a try!

Thanks for joining me today on the YNS Blog and you can learn more about me on my blog at Stamping Still. For more YNS inspiration, you can head over to the YNS Pinterest page.




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    Jill Norwood says:

    Such a sweet idea to make these adorable flowers on your cards! Thanks for the tutorial! Your cards are so beautiful!!!

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    Mary Holshouser says:

    I have done hand-stitching on my cards. I think it adds a more personal touch.
    The recipient knows you put a little more effort into their card.
    Love the little flowers.
    thanks for sharing.

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    Shari Arbogast says:

    Brilliant! Thank you for sharing.

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    Zarah says:

    What a clever idea, and how cute!!

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    Millie says:

    Super cute & fun!! TFS
    Have a blessed day,
    Crafting With Creative M

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    How incredibly fabulous is this??!!!!! Love it and I agree that sewing on a card adds a special touch – these cards are extraordinary!!! Awesome and so full of loveliness!! Thanks for the how-tos and tips!!!

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    This is such a clever idea to make these cute flowers on cards! I love to add many types of textures on my cards too, and I will certainly use your idea. Your cards are so creative and look wonderful. Your daughter’s card is adorable! Thank you for sharing your ideas and cards! Enjoy your creative day!

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    Pat Kinon says:

    Love the sewing on the card!.It really adds a special look!

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