Figuring out ‘How to Make Your Own Greeting Cards’ is easy. You have all you will need here to make your own unique cards, in a mum of time. This DIY tutorial for handmade baby announcement cards is a video showing you how to hand stitch a greeting card. It is a simple pattern, and the video shows you all the steps involved.
Embroidered Greeting Card Supplies
Now that you’ve seen that ‘DIY hand embroidered greeting card’ – video, let’s look at what you’ll typically need to make them:
- Punching Awl
- Card Stock: white piece, accent color piece, folded card piece + white envelope of 4 ½ “ x 5 ¾ “
- Thread: DMC embroidery floss
- Cross Stitch Hand Needles Size #26 4/Pkg ~ suitable for 18-22 count fabric
- Glue: Glue stick, glue dots, spray glue is recommended
- Pattern for Gift Box to punch – Download our free bib embroidery pattern or choose free hand stitching baby pattern from other sources below.
- Cork board or similar, for punching holes in card.
As you can tell, it’s not that much.
OK. This video has shown you the basic technique involved. Now let’s get creative and make your own.
Free Birth Announcement Hand Embroidery Design
I promised the day before yesterday in my photo birth announcement article that I would do a give away today, and I designed this cute baby bib embroidery pattern for you. Like it?
If you sign up for the newsletter (see menu bar on the right), you’ll be led to my website area where I store all my free patterns, designs and tutorials that I have been giving away.
The pattern comes in 2 versions: one featuring the B/W lines that you could hand stitch. And the other design, shown here, is colored in.
Simply download it, print it and cut the paper to size and pin in onto your paper or mini-canvas to embroider. Use the techniques shown in the video. If you are a beginner: keep it simple. If you are advanced, well, then you know what to do.
Of course, you could totally change the colors, and in particular, you probably want to make it baby blue or delft blue on white to announce your baby boy…
Other Free Designs for Handmade Greeting Cards for
Baby Boy / Girl Birth Announcements
If the baby bib design is not that suitable for your card, here are some other sites with free baby embroidery patterns, charts, designs, … whatever you might call them. Hope you can find what you like. Or at least, be able to find one that sparks your own imagination so you can make your own design. You will find that there are quite a few embroidery pattern out there that are from your grandma’s era. However, I found you some other ones that I actually really quite like:
This is my kind of line drawing that is just perfect for card making, and as you can see it works well with some quilting around it as a wall hanging. It’s simple and unique.
Click this link for the embroidery chart for this darling blue elephant.
The maker of it is Corinne, from SoSeptember.blogspot.com, and I am very happy she did, as this is my favorite by a long shot.
New Baby Teddy and a variety of other baby motifs. The Ark of Noah cross stitch pattern is one of several cute free Baby Cross Stitch Patterns from Bev’s Country Cottage. Personally, I would simplify the ark to use it for a card, unless it goes to someone really special who would keep and frame it. Baby Duck and other Baby themed Embroidery Patterns by Ellen Maurer-Stroh. Click "Free Patterns". There are quite a few embroidery designs here and many are rather detailed. Really lovely, but perhaps too much work for a baby announcement card.
One option is to outline some of the designs, rather than make them filled with color. Up to you.
Sweet & Easy Baby Designs by Carrie from Free Patterns Online.
. Baby Bear. A sweet baby bear holding flowers from Alita’s Designs will be a great addition to a baby’s room.
You can print these design out and use pin the paper on top of your fabric and start stitching away. You can remove the paper later. Or you can trace it first on thin tracing paper and use that instead of your regular printing paper. It depends a bit on the design. Another way of transferring the design onto your ‘canvas’ is to use a special pen whose ink washes out, or chalk.
I suggest you start with something simple, that you really like.
More Unique Embroidery Designs
Want more? There are lots more unique and beautiful embroidery designs you could add to your home made birth announcement cards. Here is a list of gorgeous books with designs that you can flip through and/or order: –> More Lovely Embroidery Designs