Embroidery heart card

Make a beautiful heart card for your lover by using the embroidery technique. The heart consists of solely red thread and has a vector look & feel, but is still handmade due to the embroidered touch.

It was fun to stitch a card for a change. You can use all kind of materials to make an original greeting card. It doesn’t always have to be all about paper.

I’ve crafted a variation of this card for my boyfriend for Valentine’s Day (Sewn heart card II). I wanted to craft something which is graphically strong, but still has that handmade feeling. So this is the result! Voilà!

Craft supplies

  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Graphic ruler
  • Pencil / pen
  • Scissors
  • 2 paperclips
  • Needle
  • Red thread
  • Sticky tape / blank sticker
  • Blank greeting card
  • Pointy & sharp craft tool like a drafting compass (optional)
  • Sheet of white paper / grid paper (depending on if you use the template)
  • Sheet of red paper
  • Printer (optional, if you use the template)

Printable template

Download free printable template


Watch the video tutorial or check out the photo tutorial (step by step).

Video tutorial

Photo tutorial

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Step 1: Take a sheet of grid paper and draw a heart shape sideways. Click here to see the dimensions.
If you use the printable template: Print the diagonal heart shape on a piece of white paper. Make sure it fits on the greeting card.

Step 2: Cut out a square around the heart shape.

Step 3: Grab a blank card and unfold it.
Step 4: Attach the heart shape to the card front by using 2 paperclips.

Step 5: Pierce the heart shape along the edge, except the spot where the heart arches come together. I used a drafting compass, but a needle can also do the job.

Step 6: Remove the heart shape paper. It’s time to stitch the card.

Step 7: Take a needle and red thread and start stitching. Either start stitching from the left or right heart side.

Step 8: You could do the stitching process in several steps. Just cut the thread after stitching some rows and put sticky tape or blank stickers on both thread ends on the card inside.

Step 9: Some heart borders aren’t stitched yet, because they don’t appear in the left & right diagonal parts. You can stitch them individually now.

Step 10: The card inside doesn’t look really pretty now cause of the thread ends. So let’s cover that up with red paper.
Step 11: Attach double adhesive tape on all sides of the card front inside.

Step 12: Then put a piece of red paper on it and remove the excessive paper carefully with a craft knife. Your card is ready now!

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