Embroidered birdie card – tutorial


Embroidered card is something I have tried before (remember the birthday card?) but this time I wanted to move to the next level and went for a fully embroidered birdie. The original design by Geninne can be found on her blog (right side bar). I have simplified it a bit to allow for the thickness of the perlé cotton I used. Even my daughter thinks it turned out quite well, she has asked for one for her birthday. I have to say I love the result, the perlé cotton give a bold look mixing very well with the crisp white card. Want to know how it is done?


This is an easy project. Though I used running and back stitches, you could get away with using only a running stitch. The longest part is the embroidery, you should allow around 4 hours for full completion of the project. Here we go.


To make an Embroidered Birdie card you will need:

  • Geninne’s bird template available here ;
  • an A4 card folded into two ;
  • A5 piece of white paper ;
  • paper glue ;
  • tracing paper ;
  • pencil & rubber ;
  • paper piercer or compass tip ;
  • perlé cotton ;
  • strong embroidery needle.

1 – Trace design

Trace the birdie on your tracing paper, being careful to the design orientation. If you want the final bird to face right, you should trace it as facing toward the left hand side. Then lay your tracing paper pencil side down on the card, double check the design position and transfer it by rubbing your pencil lead all over the lines.


2 – Pierce paper

Pierce along the lines where you want your needle to go through the paper. You don’t need to make a complete hole as the needle should be able to go through the paper. But if you prefer, you can complete the hole by piercing from the other side too.

3 – Embroider

Before you start stitching a particular area of the design, erase the pencil lines. Use the perlé cotton to link holes as desired. When moving to a different area of the design, make sure to erase the pencil lines first, and so on. I recommend to stitch little by little bit because the design can get confusing once all the pencil lines are gone.


It is easier to start with outlines and then fill in the shapes as shown below:


4 – Finish

Once the birdie is all stitched up, the back of the card looks a bit messy:


It is now time to hide it by gluing an A5 piece of white paper over the stitches.


Isn’t it nice? Do you see how endless the possibilities are here? I was very inspired by the embroidery course I took over the week-end, I tell you all about it later this week.

I am heading over to Handmade Monday to see what everybody has been doing!

24 thoughts on “Embroidered birdie card – tutorial

    1. Thanks, I am happy to see that several people seem to like the card. This one was meant for my grandmother.

    1. Thanks a bunch (I watched Fargo the other day and got really inspired by their “thanks a bunch”).

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