DIY Cross-Stitched Card




About: Hey, I'm Muhaimina! A Craftaholic person (or Witch if you may say!). Obsessed with swirls and polka dots... and Instructables is pretty much my second home! Follow my IG Blog

I suddenly came up with this idea while I was thinking about easy handmade stuffs. After making one card I couldn't stop making more :p
These cross-stitched cards are really easy to make and cute, and I'm sure that the both maker and receiver would love it :)

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Step 1: Materials Needed

To make this card you'll need:
  1. Thick paper,
  2. Glue,
  3. Scissor,
  4. Aida fabric,
  5. tapestry needle and thread,
  6. Poster color and paint brush.

Step 2: Simple Cross-Stitch Patterns

You can make your own cross stitch patterns using simple shapes like- heart, flower, butterfly, swirls, rainbow, leaf etc.
I love the heart and swirly cross stitch patterns for this card.
I've attached the templates for the cross stitch patterns I used.

Step 3: Cross-Stitching

You can cut the aida fabric before cross stitching, but I think it's better to do the cross sticth and then cut the fabric according to the size of the card. You can take help from the third step of this ible if you're a beginner in cross-stitching.
  • Anyways, select a simple design, prepare thread and needle,
  • Choose a starting point on the fabric (it's best to start from the center of any design fro cross stitching) and draw the needle from the bottom of the fabric pulling it upwards.
  • Keep an inch extra on the wrong side of the aida fabric and hold the extra thread with one hand (or finger) while doing the first cross stitch. You can let go the extra thread after the first cross stitch is done.
  • Now, you can either count the holes or the fabric threads for cross stitching, I usually count the fabric threads. But to make it easier to understand I've tried to explain both ways. Notice the fabric threads and count them as you cross stitch. I did 2X2 fabric counts for each pattern.
I didn't take the step-by-step pictures for other patterns. No matter what pattern you use keep it simple, they look cute.

Step 4: Creating Fringes on Sides

  • After you're done with the cross stitch cut the fabric according to the size of the card,
  • Carefully pull out 2-3 aida fabric threads from all sides to create the fringes.

Step 5: Glue the Pattern

Prepare the thick paper for making the card. You can color the thick paper as you want, but make sure the color combination of the card and cross-stitch design looks good.
  • Apply glue at the back of the cross stitched fabric,
  • Carefully place the glued side on the front of the card and press the corners of the fabric to make sure it's glued evenly on all sides,
  • Allow the glue to dry.

Step 6: Attach Ribbon

To make the card look a little fancier I attached a thread and made a tiny bow with it.
  • Punch 4 holes (2 on each sides) on the open end of the card,
  • Draw a ribbon or thread through the holes and tie a small bow.

There! I hope you like it :)




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    17 Discussions

    You are saying it simple but I think you are super fast in cross stitch, around 25 years ago I started a cross stitch project on burlap cloth and it still is not completed :D...LOL it is actually true.


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    Hmm, I also have an unfinished cross-stitch work, which I started 2 years ago. These patterns seem simple to me :p

    Thanks! glad you like it :)


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Hey sewing is one of my favourite hobby.This is nice.I thought you are working with your books ..ha ha !I know it's difficult to keep away from this wonderful site.

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    Thanks! doing simple crafts for now and also busy with books :)

    My department is arranging a grand reunion for the ex-students and I was told to design the invitation card, so here's 1 of the 4 designs I came up with :p


    5 years ago on Introduction

    hm, I just might have to try this! they look pretty easy, and i thing my family members would enjoy getting one of these.

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    5 years ago on Introduction

    How pretty! And it looks so much fun too!! I love the patterns you created :)

    Some days ago I came up with an idea that is kind of similar to cross stitching so it made me think of your projects! I'm not sure if the technique I'm using exists or not, but I'm working on it now and I'll probably publish it if it turns out right!

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    Thanks Linda! They are fun :)

    Wow, that's really exciting. All the best for it and I'm sure it'll turn out great. Eagerly waiting to see the ible :)


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Wow! Nice job Muhaiminah, these are really original and creativity is definitely visible! Awesome job :-)

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