Embroidered Paper Cards Project + Tips for Embroidering Paper

Create a personalized greeting in no (or bow!) time! Embroidering on paper is easy with a few tips and special tools.

Generally speaking, when you embroider on paper, you’ll want to avoid dense satin stitch designs; pick paper that feels and behaves like fabric such as handmade paper; use a fine needle and thread; slow the machine speed; and use lightweight tear-away stabilizer. Even if you’ve used the design before, always plan to do a preliminary stitchout so you can test how the design works on paper.Screen Shot 2017 12 04 at 11.20.27 AM Embroidered Paper Cards Project + Tips for Embroidering Paper

Here’s what you’ll need to make the card featured above:

  • Scraps of quilting cotton in 2 coordinating colors
  • Cut-away stabilizer
  • Coordinating embroidery thread
  • Glue stick or spray adhesive
  • Bow-themed alphabet collection

Hoop a scrap of fabric and cutaway stabilizer.

Load the alphabet onto the embroidery machine or software.

Create your special message with upper- and lowercase letters. If making multiples, plan to stitch several words in a single hooping.

Stitch the greeting, changing colors to suit your fabrics.

Unhoop the fabric and stabilizer.

Leave the stabilizer in place for added structure or cut it off, working around each letter.

Fuse heavyweight iron-on stabilizer to the fabric wrong side and trim the word to a rough rectangle, working 1” around the perimeter of the letters.

Fuse a rectangle of heavyweight iron-on stabilizer to the back of the coordinating fabric rectangle.

With glue stick or spray adhesive, adhere the stabilized embroidered fabric to the coordinating fabric. Cut around the embroidered fabric rectangle, creating a 1/2” border.

With glue stick or spray adhesive, adhere the coordinating fabric to the card, centering it on the front.

Give a final press on low heat, as needed.

Screen Shot 2017 12 04 at 11.11.54 AM 226x300 Embroidered Paper Cards Project + Tips for Embroidering PaperDo you love this alphabet as much as we do? It’s perfect for the holidays, birthday gifting through the year, baby shower gifts and more. You can find the whole Bow Alphabet collection in our online shop.  


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One Response to Embroidered Paper Cards Project + Tips for Embroidering Paper

  1. Nancy says:

    I love stitching on paper and paper embroidery makes the most beautiful cards.

    I have another tip for stitching on paper you might like…. When we change our needles for a new project, the needle can still have some life left yet in it. Use those older needles for your paper stitching because paper stitching is hard on a brand new needle. You wouldn’t want to go from stitching on paper with it to then stitching on fabric. But going from fabric to paper works just fine.


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