- 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 Hearts Sewing
Card pattern includes four options for heart sewing cards, including
two small designs perfect as embellishments for scrapbooks or greeting cards. Download and print the pattern on
white or colored cardstock.
Fun Sewing Cards
Heart 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 an 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 length (1 meter) 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 or 3 inch (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 or 4 foot length (1 meter) 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 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 or 5 foot length (1.5 meter) 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 numbering schemes below to sew stitch 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.