Appliqué Cards

A great gift is a handmade card!  Making your own cards can be super quick, easy and very inexpensive.  Using what most quilters have in their stash!  Well if you are a quilter and a scrapbooker, you can take it one step further! As you have notice!  I’m no scrapbooker.  Follow these simple steps to make a unique, handmade card –

Cards or cardboard
Lite Steam-A-Seam 2
Scraps of various cotton fabrics
Various designs
Here are a few designs in PDF format applique cards.

Paper and fabric scissors
Fine point, acid free, black permanent liner pen


  • Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 works very well because it bonds to paper and fabric, ordinary appliqué paper bonds to fabric but not paper!
  •  Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 has 3 layers, the two outer layers are tracing paper and the inner layer is the glue part.
  •  Before tracing your design onto the appliqué paper, check to see which tracing paper layer removes first, peel apart at the corner to check.
  •  Set iron temperature to cotton setting.

Using the Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 and the designs you have chosen, trace appliqué design using a pencil onto the tracing paper side that stayed onto the glued side.

Leaving at least ¼” between designs cut them out roughly, with paper scissors – there is no need to be accurate at this stage, remove the second piece of tracing paper layer.

Select the fabrics for the appliqué shapes stick them onto the wrong side of the fabric. Now cut out the shapes accurately on the pencil line. I found the fabric moved around a bit so I gave it a quick press, before cutting the shapes out.

Peel off the remaining tracing paper layer, leaving the glue part on the fabric.
Now arrange your cut out shapes onto the front of the card. The nice thing is you can reposition the shapes until you are happy with the layout!

When you are happy with the layout press your design for 10 – 15 seconds, protecting your design by placing a piece of paper or Teflon sheet, between the iron and the design.

Add dimension to your items by adding penstitch details with a fine point acid free, black permanent liner pen.

You may substitute buttons for fabric pieces if you prefer, for this you will need a glue gun. Draw in eyes and mouths.

I have given you the basic ingredients to make your own handmade cards, the world is your oyster!

Merry Christmas!


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