Add a simple stitched border to a handmade card to make it really stand out from the crowd. This is a variation on the paper piercing technique. Basic hand embroidery stitches are all that is required to make attractive borders for handmade cards, gift tags and other projects. Make a border for a simple rubber stamped image to make a special handmade card.
Stitches for CardsMany basic hand embroidery stitches are perfect for making borders for handmade cards. The best types of stitches are those that are simple to form by pushing the needle from one side of the paper through to the other without pulling the paper which may result in tearing. One of the easiest stitches to make is the running stitch. Make this stitch more decorative by weaving a complementary colored yarn or thin ribbon through the stitches. The image on the next page shows how to make woven running stitch in more detail.
Piercing the HolesWhen adding stitching to paper or cardstock it is best to make the holes first using a paper piercer. This will help to stop the paper or cardstock getting bent or creased as you work. When using thick yarns or threads to stitch with it may be necessary to make guide holes with a paper piercer and to enlarge these using a darning needle or even the tip of a knitting needle. A small hole punch would also be an effective way to make holes. Work on a paper piercing pad to ensure that you achieve neat holes without ripping or distorting the paper. If you don't have a paper piercing pad then a piece of craft foam or a mouse mat will also work well.
Fancy Yarns and ThreadsMake the border really stand out by using fancy yarns and threads. This is a great way to use up odds and ends of yarns and threads from other projects as only small amounts are required. Eyelash and other richly textured yarns are particularly effective as they add texture and depth to the border.
- Small hole punch or paper piercer (shop bought or make your own paper piercer
- Paper piercing pad
- Embroidery or darning needle
- Odds and ends of yarn or threads
- Basic craft supplies
- Use a ruler to mark where the stitch holes are to be placed
- Pierce the holes as required
- Make running stitches through the holes around the edge of the card
- Use a complementary colored yarn or thread and weave this in and out of the running stitch
- Tidy the ends of the yarn by tyeing them into a bow on the front of the card or use a small piece of adhesive tape to tidy and hold the ends in place on the reverse of the card
- Add a rubber stamped image to complete the card
- Stamp the image onto a separate piece of paper or cardstock. This way if you make a mistake either when making the frame or when stamping the image you will not need to start the whole project from scratch
- Place a strip of adhesive tape on the rear side of the stitching for additional support
- Use the same technique to stitch a border for a gift tag
- If you are looking for more inspiration then take a look at these greeting card free sewing projects