Patchwork Christmas Card Tutorial

This is my first online tutorial so please feel free to give me some feedback on it (good and bad!)  I’ll be talking more about Christmas cards in my next podcast episode which will (hopefully) be up this weekend.  But for now, here’s my tutorial.

Today I am going to show you how to make this Christmas card…

You will need

  • A 6×4 inch (approximately 15 x 10.5 cm) card blank and envelope.  Preferably recycled, in a natural brown colour.  My favourite supplier for these cards is Eco Craft.
  • Scraps of Christmas craft/scrapbooking paper (3 different designs).
  • A small square of green card (no bigger than 7 x 7 cm square).
  • Small sticky fixer pads (you will need 10).
  • Usual card making kit: ruler, pencil, pen (black or brown), scissors, adhesive (I used a herma roller but a glue stick is fine).
  • For the ‘Happy Christmas’ message, print out the following A4 pdf document on white card or heavy paper:  Christmas Messages.

Step 1

Take your 3 pieces of patterned paper and cut out 5 small squares of each.  Each square should measure roughly 2.5 x 2.5 cm, but don’t worry about making them perfectly square or the perfect size.  It looks better if each square is slightly different.

Step 2

Glue each square to your card leaving a small space between squares so it looks like a mosaic.  Follow the pattern in the picture. Start by placing the first 3 squares down the left hand side and then complete the rest.  You may need to trim the squares to fit them all in.

Step 3

Draw tiny ‘stitches’ around each square.  Don’t be too precise about it.  My stitches are roughly 2 mm long and are mostly on the paper square, with just a tiny bit of the stitch on the card.  This creates your patchwork effect and is a really nice technique to remember future card projects.

Step 4

Cut out your chosen Christmas message out of the Christmas Messages you printed on white card.  Also cut out 3 tall triangle shapes (trees) from your green card measuring approximately 3 cm wide x 6 cm tall.

Step 5

Stick 3 sticky fixer squares to the back of your Christmas message and 2 sticky fixer squares to each of your 3 trees.  Space them out and peel of the backing.  Ensure that any pencil marks you drew on the trees are on the back (the side with the sticky fixers on).

Step 6

Position your Christmas message across the 3 centre squares on your ‘patchwork’ and stick it down.  Then affix your centre Christmas tree just above the message in the middle.

Step 7

Affix the other 2 trees either side of the middle one, and hey presto!  Your card should look a little something like this…

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  Please feel free to leave comments and if you have a go at making the card I’d love to see your photos!  Email me at  Thank you.


4 Responses to “Patchwork Christmas Card Tutorial”

  1. 1 Jeni 13/11/2010 at 8:48 pm

    Beautiful card! I love faux stitching and that is a great way to use up scraps.

  2. 3 jojo 29/12/2010 at 8:06 pm

    merci c est splendide continue a faire des tutes ils sont sublimes bises jojo

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