What you will make:
For generations, children have been playing with sewing cards. In this project,
see how easy it is to make your own sewing cards out of cardstock, then
sew on them with colorful yarn. Kids will have great fun sewing various
patterns while developing coordination and learning basic sewing
Adults can take the concepts behind sewing cards a step further to
make scrapbook and greeting card embellishments. See the sidebar for
ideas and an example.
As an added bonus at the end of the project, Aunt Annie
tells you how to make sewing cards using clip art.
Here's what you need:
- Cardstock—white or colored
- ¼" paper hole punch
- Yarn—knitting worsted weight
- Yarn needle—blunt on end
- Optional: Long shoestring, masking tape, 1/8"
paper hole punch
This project is rated VERY EASY to do.
How to Make and Use Sewing Cards
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It
Choose the sewing cards you want to make. The
Fun Sewing Cards
pattern includes four different sewing card designs on the pattern
sheet: a star, a bear, a sailboat and a butterfly. The
Card pattern includes four options for heart sewing cards, including
two small designs perfect for embellishing scrapbooks or greeting cards.
Fish Sewing Cards
pattern has sewing cards in easy to cut shapes with colorful backgrounds.
For simplicity and the most creativity, the
Blank Sewing Cards can be colored with markers or modified in a graphics program to add photos or clip-art.
Just open the blank pattern's PDF file in
Inkscape (a free drawing program) to make your changes.
Download and print your chosen pattern on
white or colored cardstock. Print black and white (B&W)
patterns on white cardstock and then color them as you like, or
simply print on colored cardstock.
Fun Sewing Cards
Heart Sewing Cards
Fish Sewing Cards
Blank Sewing Cards
Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The
Adobe Reader is available for free.
All of Aunt Annie's project patterns are designed to be printed on standard letter-size paper (8.5"x11" or A4).
When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.
Step 2: Cut and Punch
Cut out the sewing cards on the dark outlines. Punch out the
holes around the edges of the sewing cards using a ¼" paper
hole punch. (For the small heart sewing cards, use a 1/8" hole
Now your cards are ready to sew. Try each of the following ways
to sew the cards, or come up with your own ideas.
- Step 3: Straight Stitch
Cut a 3- to 4-foot (1 meter) length of yarn and thread the needle
with it. Tip: For very young children, a long
shoestring can be used in place of the yarn and needle, or you can
tightly wrap one end of the yarn with masking tape (about 2" or 4
Start at any hole and push the needle up through it from the
back. Pull the yarn through until there is a tail of 2 or 3 inches
(5 to 8 cm.) To keep from pulling the yarn all the way out, hold the
tail until you have sewn through several holes.
From the front of the card, go down through the
next hole along the edge, then go up through the next hole
along the edge. Continue around to the last hole. Cut
the yarn, leaving another 2" to 3" (5 to 8 cm) tail. Tie the two
yarn tails together, or tuck them under a yarn strand on the back.
Step 4: Overcast Stitch
Cut a 3- to 4-foot (1 meter) length of yarn and thread the needle.
Sew up through any hole from the back and hold the short yarn tail. Go
under the edge of the card and sew up through the next hole along
the edge. Continue to the next hole, going from back to front with each
stitch. The yarn will be wrapped around the card edge at each
stitch. After the last hole, tuck under the yarn ends on the back.
Step 5: Stitch Designs
Cut a 4- to 5-foot (1.5 meter) length of yarn and thread the
needle. Following the numbers in the butterfly illustration, sew up
through hole one and down through hole two. Continue around the
card's edge, going
up from the back on the odd numbers and down from the front on the even
numbers. After the last hole, tuck under the yarn ends on the back.
Refer to the numbering schemes below to sew stitched designs across the
other three Fun Sewing Cards. What other designs can you create?
- Step 6: Sew Again and Again
Carefully unthread the yarn to sew the card again using a
different stitch or some other color of yarn. Tip:
If one of the holes tears, use tape or a notebook reinforcing ring
to repair it.
That's it! Your sewing cards are done!
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How to Use Clip-Art to Make Sewing Cards
It's very simple to make sewing cards using clip-art or even photos.
You will need a source of clip-art—perhaps some that came with a
graphics program, a CD or DVD clip-art collection, or favorite images
downloaded from a website. You could even scan pages from picture
books. Tip: There are many sources of free online clip-art.
Just search for the picture you want and include "clip art" or
"illustration" at the end—like "giraffe clip art" or "giraffe
- Come up with a theme for your set of sewing cards. Some
favorite themes for kids are animals, vehicles, alphabets and
cartoon characters. Select clip-art images with simple, easily cut
- Print your clip-art or photos onto white cardstock in the size
range of 4" to 7" (10 cm to 18 cm). Tip: Most graphics and word processing
programs make it easy to enlarge or shrink images and/or size an
image when printing.
- Cut out the clip art to create your sewing card. For a finished
look, leave a small white border as you cut.
- Punch an even number of holes around the edge of the sewing
card. Space the holes evenly and no more than one inch apart.
That's it! Make as many sewing cards as you want. A well thought-out
set, packaged in a pretty box with yarn or shoelaces, makes a nice gift.