embroidery cards: a guest post w/ christine from the plumed nest!

I am super excited about this (my first!) guest post from the creator of one of my new favorite blogs, The Plumed Nest. This blog is a treasure trove of decor inspiration, recipes, diy's and a lot more (pretty addictive). Let me introduce you to the talented Christine Dinsmore. She is not only the mind behind the inspired blog, but she is the talent behind her Etsy Shop featuring inventive, beautiful, handcrafted pillows. I love her work and am continually inspired by her blog. She has great taste. Oh, AND she is a mom of 3 boys, 2 of which are twins! I am always inspired by mom's making this all work. 

I am flattered that Christine has created this DIY especially for Little Monster, and I love it. She has even included free printables to go along with it. I would not be shy to try it with a younger child to get there fine motor skills going. Have fun!

Click here to download and print templates!

These embroidery cards are a fun project for the kiddos. You can use them simply as learning tools, wall art or cards to send off to family and friends.


Embroidery Cards

What you need:
Heavy card stock. (Thick paper)
Printer
Embroidery floss (yarn for little ones)
A large blunt end needle (a hole punch for little ones)

For younger ones, I suggest making fewer larger holes and using a plastic needle. Or you can also use a hole punch and yarn, rather than the needle and thread. 

For the older kids that can safely handle and be successful using a needle and thread, simply download and print templates. Or if you are feeling extra crafty you can make some of your own. And if you are feeling, super-duper crafty you can have your kids draw a simple picture, print it on card stock and poke holes in it for them to follow along. In the pictures you will see how to use a back-stitch, this is my favorite stitch; I love that it gives a modern and clean aesthetic. It's also really simple.  


Thank you so much Christine! I am so flattered that you shared your talents with us.

Please check out Christine's shop! Her pillows would elevate any decor. I think this "You are My Sunshine" pillow would be brilliant for a nursery or kid's room, don't you think? Find more of Christine here on EtsyFacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.




17 comments

  1. How fun! I used to love those "sewing cards" when my children were little, but these are much more impressive. I say it's not just for kids!

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  2. What a wonderful craft idea! Very cute and one I think my children would love to do. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful tutorial!

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  3. <3 The Plumed Nest--that LOVE pillow is so sweet!!

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  4. love love love and can't wait to try this!

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  5. Great post! Excellent photos, clear directions, and a fun activity! I've done something like this with students and geometric shapes...fun for everyone!

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  6. These look great (and not hard at all!). The sunshine pillow is my favorite! Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Great job, first time i have seen this type of embroidery cards. I would like to try ..

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  8. I was looking for a great postcard to commemorate our stay in tanzania safari holidays and I stumbled upon this and I couldn't be happier that I get to have ideas on making future birthday cards, and come to think of it, personalized postcards as well. Sky's the limit!

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  9. That gave me an idea! I have never give nor receive a birthday card that is embroidered before. Thank you for this.

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  10. That's so cute! My child's designing a pocket folder for her project, and you just gave me an idea. I'm sure she'll be making giraffes because she loves them!

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  11. Elegant yet easy to do, with this design I could sew a matching sheets for my furniture in my living room. I could also do this activity together with friends and my family, a good bonding activity for everyone.

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  12. I would love to give this as a personalized souvenir to a person I met in a tour. I think there's nothing better to give than something you have made with a personal touch.

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  13. The pillows with embroidery designs will surely fit my beddings; this gave me an idea on how to further improve my room! I just can wait to remodel it this coming weekend!

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  14. Embroidery cards look fun and easy to do, I like the idea of incorporating this with throw pillows. This is a good and creative home décor; I will definitely try this one!

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  15. These could pass as patterns for embroidered pillow cases. It will look nice for small apartments.

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