Embroidered Elephant Card Tutorial

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Embroidered Elephant Card Tutorial

I’ve been seeing a lot of embroidered greeting cards around the blogosphere over the last couple of months, and today I decided to try my hand at making my own.

It actually came out quite nice (the picture really does not do it justice!).

Here’s what I did:

First I located an easy embroidery pattern.  Because I wanted to make a baby card, I picked out this elephant. It’s got enough detail to be interesting, but not so much detail as to be overwhelming.

I printed the elephant out and cut off most of the excess paper.

Then, I positioned the elephant over the center of the card and taped it down. I pressed the tape against my arm a couple of times first, to make sure it would be easy to remove.

After that, I used a needle to carefully prick holes where I wanted to stitch. Each hole is about 1/4 inch apart, except in detailed areas. In detailed areas, the holes are about 1/6 inch apart.

Finally, using three strands of floss, I embroidered the entire card.

Here is a close-up.

The entire project took less than an hour.

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Comments: 3

  1. I love it! I hope you’ll mention that it’s part of the carnival over at my site.

  2. Barbara Palso says:

    Thank you so much for the embroided card tutorial. Someone sent me an embroidered card once and I treasure it. I have a question. What type of paper do you use for your card? I don’t want to use a paper that will rip easily, nor one that will be too stiff to work with.
    You’ve given me inspiration! Thank you.
    Barbara

  3. Kate says:

    Thanks for this great tutorial! What a brilliant inspiration! I just embroidered the elephant on to some felt, which I’m going to put on a card tomorrow. :)

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