Three fabric greetings cards

How to Make Fabric Greeting Cards

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These fabric greeting cards are great for using up fabric scraps and you can let your creativity run wild. You could design cards for particular events or holidays. I have made general greetings cards to send to friends ‘just because’. I must confess to loving old fashioned ‘snail mail’. It is so nice to receive a card!

You could get more adventurous and add all sorts of shaped pieces of fabric. How about adding beads or other embellishments. They would also be great for a set of party invitations or thank you notes.

If you like to watch a craft being done then scroll down to the bottom of the tutorial and watch the video instructions.   

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You will need:

Fabric scraps

Plain cards or card stock (and envelopes)

Sewing machine and thread

NOTE: you will need a sewing machine needle specifically for sewing your cards as the card will blunt the needle.

Cut out your fabric pieces

Cut your scraps of fabric into whatever strips you like. You can lay them out onto the card to get an idea of your design. If you want other shapes to add simply cut those out too.

Fabric strips cut

Sew your fabric to the card

Take your first 2 strips and lay them onto the card where you want them to be. Ensure that you are sewing them onto the front of the card! Make sure they overlap so that one row of stitching will secure both. Then sew along the overlap from the fold of the card to the outer edge. Make sure you backstitch at the beginning and the end of the stitching to secure it. Do not worry about the excess fabric as you will trim it at the end of the stitching. I used a zig-zag stitch but you can use any stitch you like, perhaps a fancy embroidery stitch if your machine can do that!

First strips placed

Repeat this procedure all the way up the card until it is covered. Make sure each strip overlaps the last one and that you secure your stitching.

Sewing the card
All strips sewn

It looks a little messy but it will soon be finished!

Trim excess fabric

Fold the card along the fold line and turn the card over so that the fabric is underneath. Trim around the card carefully. I used a rotary cutter and a self-healing mat but you could use scissors.

Trim edges

Sew around the edge

Sew around the card to secure all the fabric edges. I used a zig-zag stitch, as I had for all the stitching. If you are concerned about fraying apply a little glue to the edges too.

Fabric card

Your card is now finished! If you do not like being able to see the stitches on the inside of the card then simply cut a piece of white card the right size and glue it over the stitched side.

Video Instructions

More Great Ideas

What a great way to use up those fabric scraps that seem too small to make anything from but it seems a shame to throw away! I made a few fabric greeting cards and you can see a few of them here. Enjoy making yours and brightening up someone’s day!

This blog is packed full of great tutorials for sewing and paper crafts so take a look around.

If you like working on crafts involving paper or card try some of my other tutorials:

Simple Any Occasion Card in Minutes

Make your own seed paper

Create a Paper Polish Star Ornament

How to make gorgeous flowers from old magazines

Folded Book Angel

So, if you feel inspired to make fabric greeting cards, make sure you pin this article for later. You can also follow me on Pinterest as Christine’s Crafts to see all the great ideas I collate.

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  1. These are so cute! They make me want to go and buy a new sewing machine (mine is my Granny’s old one and is in our loft as it’s just too big to have in the house – it sits inside a custom-made table).

    1. Yes, I would be lost without my sewing machine. It is only a couple of years ago that I replaced my old sewing machine from the 1970s. They last so long!

  2. I was just going to go out and buy a thank you card. Now I don’t have to as I’m going to use your great idea.

  3. A great idea and so many color combination possibilities to fit special occasions and holidays! Pinned this and also your magazine flowers and book paper angel. Happy Easter!

  4. I love your fabric cards! I had a similar idea, but then realized I’d given away my fabric to my daughter (I hardly ever use my sewing machine). I found you on Grammy’s Grid!

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