Sunday, May 12, 2013

DIY Appliqued Gift Card

Hey guys!

Today I'm going to show you how to make this super cute appliqued gift card!

Now, I'd love to tell you that this was the exact idea from the beginning and it turned out exactly how I wanted it to, but that would be a big ol' lie!

When I dreamt up this project I was looking to make a lovely homemade gift card for my mama for Mothers Day. I had originally planned to do a card that said "I <3 You Mom!" on the front, and was going to cut the letters out of fabric and sew them on with embroidery floss. And I started it, and it seemed ok at first, but then I realized I'd made the letters too big, and only had room for "I <3 You" and decided, eh, what the heck, I'll just go with it. 

Not too shabby!
Not bad, right? Well, THEN I started stitching the letters on, and boyyyyyyyy what a mess:
Hot Mess.
Alright, so maybe it wasn't quite that bad (those scraps came when I needed something to test adhesives on), but I didn't like it. So, like any determined crafter, I started over!

Here's how to make that cute card pictured up top!


  • Blank gift card and envelope
  • Fabric scraps (or paper!)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Brush-on Tacky Glue
  • Washi tape

Ok! To get started, draw shapes on your fabric scraps and cut them out.

If you are doing hearts, like I did, I would recommend making an assortment of sizes with a variety of fabrics. That way you have more to play with when it's time to work on the layout. As luck would have it, that's the next step!

Take your time on the layout. Really. I futzed around for so long that I think my friend Sarah thought I was crazy, but I'm a stickler for a good layout and am glad I took my time because I loved the result! Once you get a layout you like, take a picture of it. If you don't have a camera handy, make some very faint pencil marks so you can know where everything was. That's going to be important, because the next step is to take everything off of the card.

Then, using your Brush-on Tacky Glue, apply a thin layer of adhesive to the back of your fabric shapes. I did mine one at a time, but you could probably take care of a few at once.

Once the glue is applied, let it dry for a few seconds (this will help avoid the card paper curling), and apply to the gift card.

Once all the hearts have been applied, you're in the home stretch!

The last thing to do is to apply the washi tape to the edges. You'll begin by sticking it to the the face of the card one edge at a time. Start by completing the 2 long edges, then move on to the 2 short edges. It's good to start with the face of the card so you can make sure you're getting an even line. You may want to check your work with a clear ruler as you are sticking it down, but since mine had a pattern that made a nice make-shift guideline, I used that.

Once you have it applied to the front, snip the tape squarely at the corner. Then turn the card over, fold the washi tape and press into place. Snip the ends to make them even with the card.

Once the washi tape is applied to all sides, all that's left to do is to let everything dry completely. That, and to write a lovely message for the recipient, seal it up, and give it to them!

And voila! A lovely gift card to give to someone you love!

Til next time!

P.S. My mom LOVED the card!


  1. Turned out really cute. Can't wait to start getting into stamping :)

  2. Yes, I DO love your card! Thank you so much for creating something so special and sweet for me--and for inspiring me with all the cool things you're posting on your blog. I love you and adore being your mom!

    1. Of course! I love being your daughter :)


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