How to make cross stitch cards: 3 step-by-step tutorials


Practise your stitches in these easy-to-follow cross stitch cards tutorials designed by Denise Holmes. 

Did you know you can combine stitching with cardmaking to create cross stitch cards?

There are lots of ways you can use cross stitching in papercraft projects… The following tutorials show you three simple ways you can add stitching to your cards to add a pretty, finishing touch. These DIY tutorials are perfect if you’re a beginner cross stitcher as they give you the opportunity to practise and perfect three stitches so you’re ready for other projects:

  • Cross stitch
  • Backstitch
  • Lazy daisy stitch

Once you’re familiar with the stitches, the card making/papercrafting world is your oyster and you could make the stitching the main focus of your cards! Happy stitching!

Top tip! These cross stitch card ideas are there for inspiration – you can adapt and make them your own by choosing your own materials or adding more stitches. Check out our online shop for craft papers, stamps and more!

DIY cross stitch cards

By Denise Holmes.

This project originally featured in Making Cards magazine, January 2019. If you're keen to develop your cardmaking/papercrafting, Making Cards & Papercraft magazine is for you! Plus, every issue comes with a gorgeous set of craft papers! 

Heart card using a cross stitch 

cross stitch heart card

You will need

  • White card
  • Everlasting paper pad & collectables by Kaisercraft
  • Cracked Pistachio Distress inkpad
  • Pale green thread
  • Pale green adhesive pearls
  • Heart template (download your heart template here)

How to cross stitch… a quick guide

cross stitch

Bring the needle through on the lower right, then take it through to the back two threads up and two threads to the left, bringing it through to the front again two threads down, to form a half cross. Continue in this way to the end of the row, then complete the upper section of the cross as shown.

Looking for more stitching advice? Don’t miss these pro cross stitch tips!

How to make a heart cross stitch card

  1. Create a 15cm square white card blank. Trim away the right half of the card front.
  2. Cut green and white floral paper from the paper pad to 14cm square and mount on dotted paper measuring 14.5cm square. Fix to the card inside. Select the same papers again but cut to 14x6.5cm, mounting on dotted paper measuring 14.5x7cm. Attach to the card front.
  3. Using the heart template provided, cut out and place on green dotted paper. Pierce through the cross stitch pattern, remove the template then cross stitch with three strands of pale green thread through the paper using the guide to help you.
  4. Edge the heart shape with Cracked Pistachio ink. Mount on white card, trimming flush for thickness. Layer on white patterned paper measuring 8x7cm with foam pads, edge with the same ink.
  5. Cut two strips, one measuring 14x2cm and one 6.5x2cm. Stick the smaller strip across the middle of the card front and the other across the middle of the card inside, level with the first strip. Fix the stitched heart to the card front so it is centred on the card blank.
  6. Take a green dotted scalloped strip from the back of the paper pad and stick across the bottom of the card inside.
  7. Select a sentiment of your choice from either the paper pad or the collectables and attach to the bottom right corner of the card inside using foam pads.
  8. Edge the die-cut birds with Cracked Pistachio ink and add to the top of the card front with foam pads.
  9. Add pale green pearls to the left and right of the middle strip to finish.

If you can’t get enough of cross stitching, why not treat yourself to CrossStitcher magazine? Every issue is packed with designs, projects, inspiration, features and SEW much more! 

Card using a backstitch

cross stitch card using backstitch

You will need

  • White card
  • Everlasting paper pad & collectables by Kaisercraft
  • Black card
  • Pink thread

How to backstitch… a quick guide

cross stitch backstitch

Bring the thread through on the stitch line and take a small backward stitch through the paper. Bring the needle through again a little in front of the first stitch, take another stitch, inserting the needle at the point where it first came through.

Backstitch card

  1. Create a 15cm white card blank. Cut pink and black floral paper from the paper pad 14cm square and mount on black card measuring 14.5cm square. Fix to the centre of the card front.
  2. Cut black and white dotted paper to 12.5cm square. Using either a pokey tool or Sew Easy Stitch Piercer, pierce dots around the inside edges. Using three strands of pink thread, stitch around the paper using the guide to help you.
  3. Mount on black card measuring 13cm square. Fix to the centre of the card front.
  4. Select two scalloped lace pink borders from the collectables, layer together and attach across the stitched panel. Fix the panel to the middle of the card front.
  5. Select a pink lace doily, flowers, a bird and a sentiment oval from the collectables and layer around the left of the card front in a cluster using foam pads.

Card using a lazy daisy stitch 

cross stitch card using lazy daisy stitch

You will need

  • White card
  • Everlasting paper pad & collectables by Kaisercraft
  • Kraft card
  • Pink thread
  • Pink adhesive gems

How to lazy daisy stitch... a quick guide

Lazy daisy stitch

Bring the thread through the paper and, holding the thread down with the thumb, insert the needle again just a single thread away. Still holding the thread, bring the needle through again as shown. Pull the thread through gently to form a small loop, then insert the needle to form a small tying stitch over the loop. Work these in a tight wheel to create flowers.

Lazy daisy stitch card

  1. Create a 15cm square Kraft card blank with the fold at the top. Cut Kraft paper with a lace border from the paper pad to 14cm square, mount on white patterned paper measuring 14.5cm square and fix to the card front.
  2. Trim a lace border from the same paper as before to size, 14cm across. Locate the little flowers across the border. Take three strands of pink thread and lazy daisy stitch the petals following the pattern and using the guide to help you.
  3. Attach the border to the top of the card front with foam pads.
  4. Select pink flowers from the collectables and tuck under the lace border at the top in a cluster. Add a further flower and leaves to the bottom right, tucking a sentiment to the left of it.
  5. Add pink gems to the centre of some of the flowers to finish.

Not sure what equipment, techniques and stitches you need to get started in the wonderful world of cross stitch? Our handy cross stitch guide for beginners is here to help!