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
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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.

2. Mark two 3-3/4-inch x 5-inch rectangles on the other sheet of cardstock. Cut out with decorative-edge scissors or, if you prefer, with an X-Acto knife.

  A selection of some ribbons and buttons I used. Pick a color story that you really love.

3. Lay out all your buttons and ribbons and figure out your design. You will be working on the 3-3/4-inch x 5-inch rectangles.

  Sew on the ribbons with a straight or zigzag stitch. Backstitch at the beginning and end of each line.

4. Start with the ribbons: Lightly coat the back of the ribbons with adhesive and adhere to the cardstock as desired. Trim the ends with fabric scissors. Use your sewing machine to topstich over the ribbons. You can also add some more decorative lines with the machine if you wish.

  Poke holes in the card to make a guide for sewing on the buttons.

5. Add the buttons: You will want to make guide holes in the card for the button. Hold the button on the card where you want it to go, and poke holes into the cardstock through the button holes with a needle. Thread a needle and knot at the end. Sew the button on using these holes as a guide and knot on the back of the cardstock.

6. When you are happy with your design, use a glue stick or spray adhesive to lightly coat the back of the cardstock and affix it to the front of the cards.

7. With the sewing machine, stitch around the edge of the contrasting cardstock rectangle to permanently affix to the card. If you have buttons close to the edge, either sew the cards using a zipper foot or just sew some of the sides of the card.

8. If you want, you can also add some ribbon and button embellishments to the flap of the envelope in the same way.

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Comments (50)

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Dallinlarsen222 writes: fabulous
Posted: 2:06 am on September 27th
Dallin_larsen1 writes: Ultimate
Posted: 2:15 am on September 23rd
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Posted: 3:09 am on September 14th
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Posted: 5:58 am on September 13th
JosefaBohn writes: gorgeous!!
Posted: 11:54 am on August 23rd
Parkevenew writes: Lovely cards
Posted: 2:53 am on August 20th
matthewtweedie writes: good job
Posted: 11:53 pm on August 1st
davidrayan writes: wonderful.
Posted: 1:18 pm on July 5th
FelisaRussell writes: i will definitely try this.
Posted: 11:42 am on July 5th
DorisNorris writes: Amazing
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Posted: 12:15 pm on May 23rd
Kavinjose writes: awesome
Posted: 5:41 am on May 23rd
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Posted: 11:59 pm on May 10th
Brunojohn writes: Gorgeous
Posted: 12:26 pm on May 10th
alexaida writes: well done
Posted: 12:02 pm on May 9th
charlosmarcos11 writes: lovely
Posted: 3:00 am on May 7th
Davidecristiana writes: awesome
Posted: 11:53 pm on April 28th
GeorgeHarris writes: Superb
Posted: 11:46 am on April 25th
Albert_Robert writes: cute idea.
Posted: 11:32 am on April 20th
Carolyoung writes: creative idea
Posted: 10:49 am on January 21st
dennysmudge writes: wonderful idea
Posted: 12:04 pm on January 19th
DarylLee1 writes: how cute
Posted: 3:33 am on January 11th
mickysingh writes: its so attractive and nice card
Posted: 2:00 am on October 16th
ajayind writes: Lovely Card Well Done
Posted: 2:26 am on October 15th
Austin_Ayword writes: love your work
Posted: 1:23 am on July 6th
Anna_Bloom writes: very good
Posted: 6:05 am on July 2nd
esteph6 writes: superb job
Posted: 4:30 am on July 2nd
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Posted: 6:19 am on April 8th
christianreese writes: Fantastic job!
Posted: 4:10 am on March 16th
Ashtonjames writes: very nice share
Posted: 12:22 am on March 16th
elizabeth563 writes: really cute
Posted: 12:56 am on March 12th
Brettlii writes: love it
Posted: 1:59 am on February 28th
elizazet writes: like it
Posted: 11:04 am on January 21st
AkhilGupta writes: wonderful
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johan21 writes: nice
Posted: 4:24 am on December 9th
Lissa53 writes: wonderful
Posted: 6:00 am on November 14th
Sofia56 writes: amazing
Posted: 12:09 am on November 11th
jinkarten writes: wonderful
Posted: 5:34 am on October 24th
munezlaine writes: always sharing this type of stuf
Posted: 11:19 am on September 11th
fosterlaine writes: i am your big fan :)
Posted: 2:35 am on September 11th
sandylaine writes: good share
Posted: 9:59 am on September 10th
sunnylaine writes: nice share
Posted: 1:35 pm on September 7th
montylee writes: beautiful
Posted: 2:43 am on August 27th
sandienicole writes: This is really cute! I should like to create one. Thanks
Posted: 6:21 am on August 1st
Criativa writes: Que trabalho tão giro com botões. Obrigada. ;)
Posted: 9:58 am on July 26th
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: She's phenomenal!
Posted: 1:00 pm on March 20th
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