By Noreen Doll.
Sewing cards from greeting cards are easy to make and fun for kids to use.
To make these, you can use your old Christmas or birthday cards, and shoe laces you can find at the Dollar Store.
Look for pictures that will interest and delight children, such as animals, snowmen, or Santa, and that are bright and colorful.
A fun gift for a preschooler would be a set of half a dozen sewing cards and some colorful laces.
It would also make a great party favor for young kids.
Older kids could easily make these for younger siblings.
Old Greeting Cards
Colorful Shoe Laces 45 inches or longer
How to Make Sewing Cards from Greeting Cards.
1. Put white glue on one half of the inside of a greeting card and spread it around, making sure it goes all the way to the edges.
2. Close the card and press firmly over the whole top, and be sure the edges are adhering.
Put the card between 2 sheets of waxed paper and under a stack of heavy books to keep it flat while it is drying.
After an hour or two you can lay the card out on a flat surface to finish drying.
How to Punch Holes in the Sewing Cards.
1. Punch a hole in each of the 4 corners, staying far enough from the edge that the holes won’t tear out easily.
2. On the short edges of the card, punch a hole in the middle of the edge, about equal distance from the two corner holes.
3. Punch one or two more holes between the center hole and each corner hole.
I punched 2 holes in each place because the card was large enough for that, which made 5 holes between the corner holes on the short edges.
4. Punch a hole in the center between the corner holes on each long edge.
5. Space 3 holes between the center hole and each corner hole on the long edges.
You will have 7 holes between the corner holes.
To prepare the sewing card for a young child, tie one end of the shoe lace in one of the holes on an edge, with the knot at the back.
This way the child can sew without the shoe lace end coming unfastened and pulling through.
Making sewing cards from greeting cards is a great way to recycle your old cards. And if you don’t have old cards, buy a box of cards after Christmas when they are greatly reduced in price.
Here is another card.
And here is the card with a different color of shoe lace that could be used.
Sometimes if the card is thin, to make it sturdier I will glue it to a file folder after gluing it shut. Then cut around the card after it is dry.
You can round the corners on the cards.
© Noreen Doll
Jessica @ A Humble Creation says
Such a great idea! Love how it is cheaper and more easily personalized than the sewing or lacing activities you can purchase. Thanks for sharing at A New Creation!
That’s a neat idea Noreen! – great for kids crafts!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
love this and now thinking about all those awesome easter cards etc.. that are sitting on the clearance aisle thanks for the idea
Peggy-PJH Designs says
I’d forgotten about these. These would be a great idea for my grandchildren. Thanks for sharing the tutorial on Transformed Tuesday.
Love this idea to recycle old cards. I have tons and have been saving them for a project like this! Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library.
Cute idea! I keep all of my Christmas cards and I have gathered a lot over the years. This will be a fun thing to have the kids do when they come to visit. Thanks for sharing at The Shady Porch Rock N Share! Blessings, D
This is a fabulous idea! I’m definitely pinning to my teaching board… It’d be perfect for the preschoolers I teach at church!! Thanks!!
I’ve never seen this before but I love it. SO much nicer than the ones you buy. Thanks, Noreen.
These are great in more ways than one! Recycle, hand-eye coordination, creative outlet, and re-purposing!
Sugar Aunts says
What a great idea! I love using items that would normally be thrown away! Thanks for sharing this with us at Share It Saturday!
This is such a great idea and a perfect way to recycle used cards. Thanks so much for sharing!
Lanaya @ Raising Reagan says
Great ideas! Love the laces incorporated.
Thank you. 🙂
(¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo
Wow, this definitely takes me back. 😀 Thanks for the memories. 😀
Shoestrings are on my $ store list! A neat idea. My granddaughter will love it.
I love this idea! I remember having something like this when I was younger!
What a fun craft idea! Thanks for sharing.
Wow, great idea! This would be an easy and fun craft for kids. Thanks so much.
I really like the shoe lace cards! Thanks.
Diana Rambles says
A great activity with kids! Thanks for sharing this at my Pin Me Party!
So cute! Thank you! I hope you come back for another visit!
Susie @Bowdabra says
You must know that we love your project. It is such a unique way to make an easy kid craft!!! Thanks for the recycled inspiration! Our Bowdabra Designers picked your project from the Crafty Showcase to feature this week! Congrats.
See you at the new showcase this weekend!
Susie @Bowdabra says
Thanks for stopping by!