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Crochet Edged Greeting Cards

August 15, 2011

crochet edged card

Hello, out there! Have you ever wanted to make a personalized, one-of-a-kind, just-because card for someone you love? Well, alright. Today’s the day. You will need heavy card stock, a sewing machine (or a thumbtack and some patience), sewing thread, a sewing needle, a small metal crochet hook (I used a size 9), crochet/tatting thread, and a scissors. A ruler and an x-acto are optional. I’ll post a short list of edging links at the end of this post.

crochet edged card

There are several ways to go about adding a crochet border onto paper. This particular method has four steps: cutting the card, punching the holes, sewing the blanket stitch, then crocheting the edging. Please keep in mind that the heavier your card stock is, the easier this whole process will be (you can even cut out some squares from cereal boxes or what have you). In these photos, I used a pretty flimsy stock because I already had some pre-scored blank greeting cards.

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So first, prepare your cardboard or card stock. You can have a flat rectangle (to send as a post card), or make a folded card. If you are planning to send your card in an envelope, it helps to adjust your card size/shape to fit inside.

crochet edged card

If you are making a folded card, as I have done here, I suggest you cut some of the card edge off of the front flap (where you will crochet your edging). This is so your crochet border doesn’t extend way over the boundaries of the card, and this will also lend a more finished look. This step is critical if you are sending your card in an envelope (you know, so it all fits in there nice). Don’t look too close at that photo up there – I only sliced about a half-inch off.

crochet edged card

Next, you will punch your holes. Set your sewing machine to a very long stitch length. “Sew” a nice straight line along the edge of your card (you won’t have thread in your machine – you’re just using it to make even perforations). The heavier your stock is, the closer to the edge you can punch. Because my stock was so flimsy, I sewed at a quarter-inch in. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can just punch holes by hand with a thumb tack. Here’s what it looks like after you’ve performed your perforating:

crochet edged card

Now, you’ll make a “base” for your crochet work  by sewing a blanket stitch along the edge of your card. Rather than go into extreme detail with this, here are some already-awesome-perfectly-good tutes: knotless start for embroidery (if you’re so inclined) and how to make a blanket stitch. Make triple sure that you have what you think is way more than enough thread to work with – better to have too much than not enough. To finish, tie a fat knot as close to the back of your card as you can. You can tape the end down or dab it with a little glue if you want to be extra-careful. Again, my card was very thin, so I used a double-thickness of sewing thread to sew the stitch. You can also use embroidery floss or some of your crochet thread.

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Time to start crocheting your border – almost. First, plan ahead. Count how many “bridges” of blanket stitch that are along the edge of your card. Now, figure out how many base stitches your chosen border requires. This will help you create a fairly accurate first row of crochet. For example, many stitch patterns say, “make a base chain in a multiple of six plus three.” So, your border will need a base that is a multiple of six stitches. The plus three (or whatever) is usually a “turning chain,” and counts as your first stitch, but you won’t be needing this for your card border. So, say you have 19 bridges and your border stitch is a multiple of six. If you make 3 stitches into each bridge, you’ll end up with 57 stitches. Add three more along the way to bring you to 60 stitches, and you’ll have your multiple of six.

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Finally! Join your crochet thread in your first blanket stitch bridge and start making your base row of single crochets. This will feel a bit awkward and will probably go a lot slower than your normal crochet speed. Be patient and gentle on this first row so you don’t split your card.

crochet edged card

After you have completed your crochet base, just continue to turn your work and crochet your chosen border like normal. As usual, when you’re all done, weave in your ends. You won’t be able to block your crochet edging, but you can gently pinch and stretch your work to make it lie more flat. That’s it! Now you can decorate the front with stamps, drawings, or calligraphy. I’ll post some edging links below . . .

Basic Shell Edging

Crossed Stitch with Waves Edging

Fluffy Shells Edging

Daisy Cluny Edging

Lace Napkin Edging

Little Clovers Edging

Open Fan Edging

Princess Edging

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. August 15, 2011 4:16 pm

    vraiment superbe !!!!
    merci pour ces explications et fabuleuses idées!!!!
    bises laurence

  2. August 15, 2011 5:45 pm

    Girl! I love the way you think! What a clever and personal touch idea! You rock!

  3. danthedan permalink
    August 16, 2011 11:29 am

    dang I really like this idea. I might try something similar since I don’t crochet.

    good one.

    • August 16, 2011 12:51 pm

      Thanks, dude. Let’s get together soon for craft time.

  4. August 17, 2011 11:47 am

    Absolutely genius! Can’t believe I never thought of this, so thanks!

  5. SewLindaAnn permalink
    August 18, 2011 11:29 am

    Fabulous, thank you! Just emailed it to myself so I can play with it.

  6. September 12, 2011 7:48 am

    What a very nice idea! I never thought of this and I have never seen it before this way. Thank you for sharing:)

  7. September 22, 2011 2:35 pm

    Oh this is so pretty! Thanks for the tutorial

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