Decorative Stitched Holiday Cards

Many machines come with an assortment of built-in decorative stitches that go unused. Decorative Stitches add character with minimal effort and can be used to create your own fabric designs. This is a quick and easy project to put those stitches to use as you become comfortable with what your machine has to offer.

Easter Mug Card

Bunny Easter Card, Decorative Stitches. Built in Stitches

Materials Needed

BERNINA B70 Plus, BERNINA 97D foot, BERNINA 20D foot, decorative stitches, materials used

I used the built-in decorative stitches on the BERNINA 790 PLUS machine for this project. Decorative stitches were created using the Open Embroidery Foot #20D. The Patchwork Foot #97D for the construction.

Supplies for decorative stitching, embroidery thread, loosely woven fabric, stabilizer, white cotton


  • Embroidery thread – I used 40 wt polyester
  • Fusible stabilizer
  • Loosely woven fabric
  • White cotton
  • 1/4 inch Steam-A-Seam 2  or other fusible web
  • Rotary cutter, ruler and mat
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Card stock and envelopes

Preparing Materials

  • Cut card stock the length of envelope and twice as wide. I used 5-1/2  X  7-1/2 inch envelopes. Card stock cut 7-1/2 X 11 inches.
  • Fold card stock in half to fit envelope. Set aside.
  • Cut loosely woven fabric one inch smaller than folded card. I cut fabric 4-1/2 X 6-1/2 inches. Set aside.
  • Cut two white fabric pieces and one stabilzer two inches smaller than folded card. I cut these 3-1/2 X 5-1/2 inches. The second white fabric will become the facing.
  • Fuse stabilizer to wrong side of one white fabric.

Decorative Stitching

decorative stitches, template designs, stabalized fabric

  • Use removable marker to draw a design outline on right side of stabalized white fabric. Designs can be hand drawn or traced from coloring books or cookie cutters.
  • Using open toe foot and your choice of decorative stitches, stitch rows. Extend the rows or patterns past drawn outline.
  • Change thread colors and stitch designs as desired.

Creating the Frame

Decorative Stitching, frame, easter cards, easter embroidery

A. Trace desired design on wrong side of facing fabric square (3-1/2 X 5-1/2 inches). Center on loosely woven fabric with right sides together.

B. Stitch on traced line.

C. Cut inside stitched line a scant 1/4 inch. Clip curves and miter corners.

D. Turn facing to wrong side and press. Fuse strips of 1/4 inch Steam-A-Seam 2 between facing and loosely woven fabric. This will hold facing in place.

Checking Stitching Placement and Fringing Edges

decorative stitches, built in stitches, easter cards, butterfly, heart

Newly created frame is placed over stitched design. If more stitching is needed to fill design, do it now.

Create fringed edge by removing the same number of threads from all four edges. I pulled six on each side.

Fuse small pieces of 1/4 inch Steam-A-Seam 2 on the corners on the wrong side of loosely woven fabric. This will prevent additional fraying.

Place frame over design. Fuse small pieces of 1/4 inch Steam-A-Seam 2 between design and frame. Steam in place.

Edge Stitching & Creating Card

edge stitching, final easter card, top stitching, butterfly card

Carefully top stitch 1/8 inch in from edge around design through all layers.

Center on folded card stock. Adhere with a fabric glue.

Easter cards, additional designs

Creating additional designs as there are six grandchildren.

Easter cards, Holiday Cards, Decorative Stitching,

Six completed designs for holiday cards created with the built-in decorative stitches. This project would work for any holiday.

Another Option

easter bunny mug rug, built in decorative stitches, easter bunny mug rug, frayed edges

This mug rug uses the same technique but is stitched to a quilted mug rug rather than card stock.

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2 comments on “Decorative Stitched Holiday Cards”

  • Hello…thanks for stopping by with a great question. I use 60 weight thread in my bobbin for almost everything and didn’t change it our for these. Depending on the color stitching it is either Superior Bottomline or Glide 60 wt. Use what your machine likes best. 🙂

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