Make a felt and buttons birthday card – DIY tutorial

This time of year is birthday time in our house. My kids’ birthdays are two weeks apart so late September and early October can get fairly busy on the balloon puppies and bouncy castles side of things. This year I have decided I would make each of my beloved baby dragons a home made birthday card.

Let’s start with my daughter. This is an easy enough project, perfect for using left over buttons and felt scraps. They are hand sewn on a light carboard card, easy peasy. It goes like this…


To make the button and felt balloon card you will need basic sewing supplies (needles and scissors) and also:

  • A4 sheet of light cardboard.
  • Scrap of pink felt (6x8cm – 2 1/2” x 3”).
  • Tiny buttons in various shades of pink and lilac (mines are 1cm – 1/2” across and I used 12 of them).
  • Sewing thread to match felt and buttons colours.
  • Beige embroidery floss.
  • Approx. 20 cm – 8” of pink ribbon.
  • Embroidery needle.
  • Craft glue.
  • Fine marker (should go through button holes).
  • Pencil and eraser.
  • A paper piercing tool (I used the point of my compass).
  • A cutting mat.


1 – Fold the A4 cardboard sheet in two. On the side that will be the front of the card, draw your ballon and lay the buttons around it (see picture 1). Mark the place for each button hole using your fine marker.

Picture 1

2 – Cut out the ballon shape from the felt. It does not have to match exactly your drawing. Glue the felt balloon shape in place.

3 – While the glue dries, pierce each of the button holes marks using your paper piercing tool. Also pierce along the balloon rope, making a hole every 5 mm ( 1/4”). Make sure you pierce the paper on a proper cutting mat. You can now erase the rope drawn before. It should now look like on picture 3 below.

Picture 3


4 – Make a running stitch around the balloon shape using a double matching thread as shown on picture 4.4. When sewing on paper, I recommend to start using the loop method as the traditional knot may not be enough to hold the end of the thread in place. To do so, fold your thread in half and pass the two ends through the needle hole. Pass the needle up through one hole and down through the next one. Then working on the wrong side, take the needle through the loop formed by the fold of the thread. See pictures 4.1 to 4.3 below for illustration of the technique.

Picture 4.1
Picture 4.2
Picture 4.3
Picture 4.4

5 – Sew each button into place using matching thread and anchoring the thread using the loop technique as explained in step 4.

Picture 5

6 – The rope is made with a back stitch using a triple strand of the beige embroidery floss.

Picture 6

7 – Pierce two holes at the base of the balloon, one on each side of the rope. Using your tapestry needle, thread the ribbon through the holes as shown on picture 7.1. Now knot a lovely bow as the finishing touch to your card as shown on picture 7.2.

Picture 7.1
Picture 7.2

I was going to had some glitters and then thought it would look nice just like that. What do you think? Are you a glitter fan like my daughter?

5 thoughts on “Make a felt and buttons birthday card – DIY tutorial

    1. Thanks and you’re welcome! I really enjoyed the feeling of stitching on paper. I would love to see what you make yourself.

  1. It such a great post. I really also love stitching and fortunately I found this one and it’s really helpful to inspire my birthday card designs as well. thanks for sharing this wonderful idea 🙂 Cheers! Thumbs up! (Y) 🙂

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