How to Make Button-Embellished Cards

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A set of cute ribbon and button–embellished cards in blues and yellows.
A selection of some ribbons and buttons I used. Pick a color story that you really love.
Poke holes in the card to make a guide for sewing on the buttons.
A set of cute ribbon and button–embellished cards in blues and yellows.

A set of cute ribbon and button–embellished cards in blues and yellows.

Photo: Kayte Terry

When is the last time you got a nice handwritten note from a friend? Can't remember? Well, it seems that the art of letter writing is almost lost to us. Sure, e-mails are easier, but a handwritten note is something really special. Let me tell you, the only thing better than a handwritten note is a handmade and handwritten note. When I was about 14, I had a really great pen pal. We were both artistically inclined and would turn our letters and envelopes into mini works of art. One envelope she sent was encrusted with sewn-on buttons. It was one of my favorites and I still have it to this very day. These cards are definitely inspired by her.

A couple of things to keep in mind when sewing on paper: Make sure to change out your sewing needle before you go back to sewing on fabric, and I think that leather needles sew better on paper.

And one more thing: If you are going to mail these cards, remember that the buttons make them a bit heavier and you might need more postage.

What you'll need to make two cards:

  • Cardstock in two contrasting colors
  • X-Acto knife, cutting mat, and ruler
  • Decorative-edge scissors and fabric scissors
  • Assorted buttons
  • Scraps of ribbon
  • Glue stick or spray adhesive
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread
  • Envelopes

Here are your two blank cards.

1. Lay out a sheet of cardstock on the cutting mat. Fold the cardstock in half lengthwise, and press the folded edge flat with the side of a ruler. Using a ruler, cut the sheet in half to make two cards that are 4-1/4 inches x 5-1/2 inches.


I used pinking shears to make these decorative edges. You also could use a scallop or even just cut them straight with an X-Acto knife.

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Comments (4)

kaytet writes: thanks guys! they were super-fun to make!
Posted: 9:48 am on March 22nd
susanstars writes: those are gorgeous, Kayte!
Posted: 1:14 am on March 22nd
PamHarris writes: You have done a fabulous job on these cards. Beautifully crafted. Beautiful visually.
Posted: 1:05 pm on March 21st
MonkeyDreamMonkeyDo writes: I love these adorable cards! Even the colors you chose are some of my favorites. I will have to make a bunch of these. I also love to make cards using stamps, and I learned from watching videos by this woman, Lydia: http://understandblue.mindbites.com/ She's phenomenal!
Posted: 1:00 pm on March 20th
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