VIDEO: Stitched Holiday Cards with MINIMAL SUPPLIES - NO DIES!

Hello everyone! I don’t know about you, but I am in full holiday mode - gift shopping, present wrapping, and of course, holiday card making!!

Today I have a tutorial for you using MINIMAL supplies - just in case you’ve spent all your money on presents (for others OR yourself…) and blew through your crafting budget!


The only supplies you’ll need for these cards are:

  • Cardstock (duh!)

  • Embroidery floss

  • Cross stitching needle

  • Foam or mousepad

  • Paper piercer or thumbtack

  • Graphic paper

And THAT’S IT! I’m sure you already have most of these things laying around, and if not, it would only cost a few bucks to get them. Whereas a metal die for this would easily cost $15-30! However, if you also want to bust out some of your stash, here are some optional things to grab:

  • Sequins (star shaped ones are great for the tops of the trees)

  • seed beads

  • gems

  • The stamp sets I used are the Altenew Happy Holidays and the November 2017 My Monthly Hero Kit.

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The basic idea is that we’ll make a template for the stitching holes with our graph paper (it’s super easy!). Then we can use the template to transfer the holes to whatever cardstock we want to stitch through. Then from there, it’s the fun part of picking some thread colors for your tree and even adding some shiny bits to the threads if you want!

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I know that stitching is sometimes intimidating, but I promise that these cards are SO simple to make, and would be great for children or beginners as well. The long stitches are so fast to whip up - I probably did five of these cards in under an hour!

If you’d like to see the tutorial in video form, here it is below:

I hope this tutorial gets you in the holiday mood and helps you create some fun Christmas cards! If you decide to try this out, make sure to tag me on Instagram (@michelleyuen_) so I can check it out and see how you recreated it!