Sunday, November 25, 2012

Hand Embroidered Thank You Cards with a Free Printable Stencil

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!  There are so many things to be thankful for this time of year, so why not say it with a handmade card?  (I made these because I recently received some birthday presents, but don't forget about the Christmas presents and the plethora of holiday parties on the horizon.) 

To begin, I made a stencil that will fit on a 3.5" by 5" card.  

Once you've downloaded and printed the stencil, place your card on top of a cork board, cut out the stencil, and tape it on top of the front of the card.  

Use a push pin to poke holes all along the letters on the stencil.  When you've finished that, remove the stencil and you'll be ready to begin the embroidery.

Thread a needle with embroidery thread and use a basic chain stitch to embroider the letters.  Here's how to do a chain stitch:
  1. Bring the needle up through the first hole.
  2. Bring the needle back down through the same hole, but don't pull it out all the way.
  3. With the back of the needle still halfway through the first hole, bring the front of the needle part of the way up through the second hole.  Check the picture to make sure your needle looks like mine.
  4. Loop the thread up and around the needle.
  5. Now you can pull the needle through the two holes and you will have the first loop on your chain.
  6. Repeat the process over and over again to make a chain.  Each time you finish a loop, that loop's second hole becomes the first hole for the next loop.  For example, when you've finished step 5 and you have your first loop, you've just done step 1 for the next loop, so you'll repeat your process by bring the needle back down the hole it just came out of, halfway up through the next one, wrap the thread around the front of the needle, then pull the needle out again and you'll have your second link in the chain stitch. Keep going until you reach the end of a line, then bring the needle out and around the last loop and back down through the last hole to secure the chain.  Once your thread is down under the card, you can move it to the hole where you want to start your next chain and begin again.  Keep going until you've embroidered the whole word.

I hope this tutorial makes sense, because once you get the hang of doing a chain stitch it's easy and makes a big impact.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments section below.  

Happy Friday!


  1. This is awesome! I love the look of paper embroidery but have been really intimidated by it. Thank you for sharing the printable :)

  2. It makes a card really special if you made it by hand. I love the embroidery. It adds a fun texture to the card.

  3. This makes it so easy! Never though of putting the holes in place beforehand. Definitely going to be trying these soon. Thanks!

  4. Hi Laura,

    What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of thank you crafts! Check it out here:

    Have a great day!


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