Cross-stitch Gift Card Holders

Cross-stitched perforated paper panels accent these easy-to-sew felt envelopes. Tuck a gift card inside, fasten the button-and-tie closure and your gift is all wrapped!
By  Kathleen Berlew 



  • Mill Hill 14-count White Perforated Paper, 4”x5”, two
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss
  • Wool-blend felt: blue 9”x12”; orange, 6”x9; burgundy, 9”x12”; light sage green, 6”x9”
  • Coordinating buttons, ½”, two


  • Needle: embroidery, sewing
  • Double-sided tape

basic supplies

  • Scissors
  • Straight pins

stitch types

  • Cross-stitch: three strands


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Project Instructions

1. Click here to print full-size chart and patterns; click on Magazine, then Patterns. Cut gift envelope pattern from blue and burgundy felt and gift envelope inset from orange and light sage green felt and set aside.

2. Cross-stitch design centered on perforated paper using three strands of floss. Trim excess paper around finished embroidery, leaving a border of one paper square around design.

3. Place small piece of double-sided tape to center of wrong side of cross-stitched perforated paper and position it face up on blue gift envelope, as indicated by shaded area on pattern. Backstitch perforated paper to felt along outer edge of cross-stitched border using single strand of burnt orange floss and sewing needle.

4. Sew button to envelope as indicated by “X” on the pattern.

5. Pin orange inset piece to blue envelope piece, matching flap edges. Fold bottom panel of blue envelope piece up over inset piece, as indicated by dashed line on pattern. Pin side edges of envelope together. For tie, cut 5” of peacock blue floss and knot both ends. Insert one end between two layers of flap, as indicated by arrow on pattern. Pin flap edges together.

6. Use running stitch to sew sides and flap edges of envelope together with double strand of peacock blue floss, securing tie in place. Fold flap over and wrap tie around button to close envelope.

7. For burgundy gift envelope, repeat Steps 1-6. Cut one gift envelope from burgundy felt and one inset from light sage green. Use single strand of raspberry floss to backstitch cross-stitched perforated paper to burgundy felt envelope. Use grape floss to make tie and stitch envelope together.