Unique Christmas Cards: How to Handcraft Quilted Cards for the Season

Quilted paper designs can create beautiful and unique Christmas cards that are both fun and easy to make. You will need to gather some craft supplies and those scraps of fabric you have been meaning to use. Friends and family appreciate anything handmade for the holidays, and these are no exception.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Clothes iron
  • Scrap fabric
  • Iron-on webbing
  • Sewing machine
  • Decorative thread
  • Paper-cutting scissors
  • Fabric scissors
  • Tape measure (optional) 
  • Blank card stock paper
  • Double-side tape
  • Craft cutting mat available at fabric stores.

Step 1 - Cut Cards to Size

Decide how many cards you will be making and cut a piece for each one that measures 4 1/4 by 5 1/4 inches. A table top cutting mat with marked rulers on it works well for this, but you can easily use a tape measure if you do not have one of these cutting mats. These rectangular pieces will be glued to the front of each card that will be made from an 8 by 11 inch sheet of card stock paper folded in half length-wise.

Step 2 - Cut Fabric Pieces

Using fabric scissors, cut squares of fabric in squares that will be easy to use with the iron-on webbing. Recommended sizes are 4 by 4 inches or 5 by 5 inches. You will be trimming these to fit in quilted patterns in later steps.

Step 3 - Cut Out Webbing 

Iron-on webbing is an adhesive material that turns any fabric piece into iron-on fabric once it is heated. This webbing can be found at craft stores. Cut out enough webbing in the same measurements as your fabric squares in Step 2. Use your paper cutting scissors to cut this webbing because iron-on webbing can dull fabric scissors.

Step 4 - Attach Webbing and Fabric

Lay one of your fabric squares face down on your ironing board, and place a square of webbing on top of it with the adhesive side down and the paper side up. Use your iron on a medium setting for several seconds to fuse these together. Once the pieces have cooled enough to touch, carefully pull off the paper backing. Repeat this process with the rest of your fabric squares.

Step 5 - Attach Fabric to Card Stock

Carefully cut your fabric squares with webbing into smaller sizes that can fit together on the card stock rectangles. Squares between 2 by 2 inches and 2 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches work well for this. Create quilted patterns on each card piece with several fabric pieces, similar to fitting jigsaw puzzle pieces. Fuse these together with your iron, and be careful that none of the adhesive backing accidentally sticks to your ironing board.

Step 6 - Trim and Finish

Add decorative stitching to your finished quilted card front with your sewing machine and some eye-catching thread such as gold or silver metallic. Sew along the seams where different fabric pieces meet, and you can also sew a border around the edge if you prefer. Fold a piece of 8 by 11 inch card stock in half to make the card itself, and attach your finished quilted rectangle to the front of each one with double-sided tape.