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DIY Embroidered Birthday Cards

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Create these sweet DIY Embroidered Birthday Cards using paper and embroidery floss!

Happy Birthday embroidered cards on a pink surface with a cute pencil and embroidery threads.

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Thank you to Cut Out & Keep and Dutch Label Shop for collaborating with me on this fun project! Dutch Label Shop provided me with labels for this craft. I only work with brands I fully support and as always, all opinions are 100% my own!

Hello Crafty Friends! It really is starting to feel like summertime. Two things that come to mind when I think of summer – bright colors and ice cream! My project today incorporates both of these things to create the perfect Happy Birthday surprise! These DIY embroidered birthday cards are a lot of fun to make and a wonderful handmade gift for someone special.

I love sending snail mail for my friends’ birthdays (when I can remember!) and it has been great having a stack of handmade cards on hand. I embroidered the cards and added sweet fabric tags to the bottom of each card. They were surprisingly easy to create using embroidery floss and a pushpin to make the holes. I love hand sewing so I enjoyed embroidering them while catching up on Netflix shows. I’ve loved using these cards so much I now want to order tags with other messages on them too – “Thinking of You”, “Congratulations” and “Thank you!” would be awesome. I think a set of these cards with matching envelopes would also make a sweet gift. I chose to go with a dessert/ice cream theme, but the possibilities are endless.

A stack of embroidered birthday cards tied together with a purple ribbon.

For these cards, I created some lovely fabric labels from The Dutch Label Shop with the message, “Happy Birthday”, on them. I was able to choose the size of my tags, the color, the font, and the design, to make them completely custom. I think the tags add a nice touch to the embroidered cards and are something a little different than just writing the message on the front of the card in ink.

A screen shot of The Dutch Label Shop website wear you can choose your color and font for the labels.

Below is a tutorial for my Embroidered DIY Cards. You can visit Cut Out + Keep to see how the Dutch Label Shop labels were used by other crafters!

Supplies Needed for Embroidered Cards

Craft supplies including embroidery floss, A2 cards, a ruler, fabric labels, a piercing pad and a pushpin.

Step One: Draw and punch a design on the front of the card. Start by drawing your design on the front of the card with pencil. Next, open your card and punch holes along your design about 1/4″ apart. Use a foam pad underneath your card and make sure you are only punching through the top and not the back of the card as well. Use a pushpin or straight pin to poke the holes. You may need to punch the holes closer together around curves or smaller parts. A pushpin will create larger holes than a straight pin, so test them out and use whatever you are comfortable with. I started by placing a hole at all corners and all the places two lines met, then I filled in from there. 

A birthday cake is drawn on a card with pencil; there are holes punched along the lines of the design.

Candles are drawn and punched on the front of a white card; a blue fabric label that reads Happy Birthday is underneath.

Step Two:Stitch your design using embroidery floss. Embroidery floss is made of six strands of floss. Thread your needle with two strands, they will be doubled so you are sewing with four strands. I didn’t want any knots on the back of my card that would make it bumpy when closed. To do this, I brought my needle up from the back of the design but didn’t pull the thread all the way through, leaving a loop on the back. I brought my needle back down through the next hole and pulled my needle through the loop. This created a flat “knot”.

A needle is pulling blue embroidery floss to the back of the punched card.A flat knot is created with blue embroidery floss on the back of the punched card.

Continue stitching your entire design with different colors. I mostly used a back stitch, but you can really do any type of stitch you want. Just want to be conscious of how things look on the back side of your design since this will be visible unless you choose to cover it up with a piece of paper. 

An ice cream cone is stitched to the front of a white paper card.

A birthday cake is stitched to the front of a white paper card.

Step Three:Add the fabric label underneath your design. Stitch the label underneath your stitched design using a couple stitches on each side. I love how fancy the card looks once the label has been added! The embroidered card is all finished!

A birthday card with a colorful hand-embroidered birthday cake on top with a fabric label that reads Happy Birthday underneath it.

If you want to make matching gift tags, you can easily do this following the same steps from above!

Paper gifts tags with embroidered designs and fabric tags that read Happy Birthday.

I made a group of 8 notecards for myself and another group of 8 notecards that I bundled together with envelopes and gifted. Hopefully, I’ll have a chance to make more! They turned out so cute and are perfect for summertime.

Three birthday cards with embroidered designs on them.

A white card with embroidered flowers on it above a label that reads Happy Birthday.

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