Hand embroidered cards with Floral Embroidery

How to make hand embroidered cards + Free PDF pattern for Mother’s Day or Birthday card

In the fast-paced world of mass-produced goods and digital communications, hand embroidery offers a delightful escape. It’s a unique way to infuse your greetings with a personal touch and heartfelt warmth. Hand embroidered cards are not just a beautiful blend of traditional craft and contemporary design, they are tangible tokens of affection that can be cherished for years. Whether you’re planning to celebrate Mother’s Day, a birthday, or any special occasion, the joy of creating a hand embroidered card is unparalleled.

Hand embroidered card with a modern floral motif
Hand embroidered card with a modern floral motif

This DIY tutorial is your passport to the world of hand embroidered cards. It will guide you through the delightful process of creating unique cards for any occasion. I’ve also included a free PDF pattern with a floral motif designed for a Mother’s Day or birthday card as a gift to my readers. This pattern is not just beginner-friendly, it’s a canvas for your creativity. You can add your own unique flair and personalization, making each card a true reflection of your artistic spirit. And remember, you can use the same embroidery technique to embroider your own hand-drawn motif.

Flower embroidery on paper

How to make hand embroidered cards

Step-by-step embroidery on paper tutorial

Tools and Materials


  • Scissors.
  • Embroidery needles.
  • Pins.
  • Alcohol brush markers or other coloring medium.


  • Paper card.
  • Black embroidery floss – DMC #310.


  1. Before we begin, let’s gather all the tools and materials you’ll need for this project. You’ll need a paper card, embroidery floss, pens, scissors, a needle, and a pin. Don’t forget to download the PDF pattern as well.
Tools and materials for the card

2. Measure and cut the pattern to the same size as your card. Make sure the flower is positioned in the center.

Measure and cut the pattern to the same size as your card.

3. Position the flower pattern over the card on the cardboard or foam board and pin it with some pins on the angles.

Floral pattern pinned to the card

4. Poke the holes along the pattern line to position your future stitches. Start with angles and crossing points and distribute the holes evenly.

5. Remove the pattern. Now, you can see the flower outlined with holes for the stitches.

6. Color your flower. I chose bright colors and used alcohol-based markers. You can opt for different mediums, such as watercolors, colored pencils, or other types of markers.

Color the flower with markers

7. To start stitching, use a folded thread method. This involves folding your thread in half and threading the needle through the folded end, creating a loop. This method helps avoid knots.

Folded thread method to start stitching

8. Embroider the outlines of the flower with a Backstitch.

Embroidery on paper with backstitch

9. Add French Knots to make decorative pistils.

Embroidery on paper with French knots

9. To finish stitching, anchor the thread under the previous stitches. This means inserting the needle under a few stitches on the backside of your work before cutting the thread. This will secure your stitches and prevent them from coming loose.

10. Outline the flower and the leaves.

Outline the leaves with backstitch

11. To embroider the veins of the leaves, use a single strand of black embroidery floss. To start stitching with a single thread, anchor it under the previous stitches.

Embroidery on paper with a single strand of floss

12. Write your message inside and send the card!

Hand embroidered card with a flower for mothers day


To keep the back of your hand embroidered cards neat and beautiful, read the article “How to start and end embroidery stitches.” You will learn various techniques for starting and ending stitching without knots.

Video Tutorial

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Over to you

With its rich history and versatility, hand embroidery has been a beloved craft for generations. By incorporating it into card making, you not only revive this age-old tradition but also create a platform for your artistic expression. Whether you are new to this craft or an experienced embroiderer looking for new projects, this DIY card-making tutorial will equip you with everything you need to start creating exquisite, handcrafted cards. These cards, made with love and care, are sure to be treasured by your loved ones, making them feel truly special and appreciated.

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