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Hand Stitch Embroidery Gift Tags

I’ve been hand-stitching cards since waaaaaay back in the day. Embroidery was my first love. It’s such a fun craft and makes a beautiful handmade gift! See our Hand-Stitched pattern page to see all the free printable designs you can make. Now I’m turning these fun designs into mini versions for hand-stitched gift tags!

Embroidered Hand-Stitched Gift Tags

These simple, yet elegant gift tags, will give a little extra handmade love to your gift!

Stitching DIY Gift Tags

Supplies for Embroidery Gift Tags: 

  • cardstock paper in 2 colors
  • awl or push pin and cork trivet
  • embroidery floss – I LOVE Sublime Stitching floss
  • cross-stitch needle
  • scissors
  • glue
  • hole punch

Hand-Stitched Embroidery Gift Tags

To Stitch the Design: (see our basic stitching instruction post for greeting cards)

1. Cut a small piece of cardstock into a 2×3 inch piece.

2. Place your paper onto a cork trivet. Using your awl or push pin, punch holes into your paper into a design. You can free hand your design or print out a patterns. NOTE: for the gift tag, print out patterns 50-75% smaller.

3. Add floss to your cross-stitch needle and start stitching through your cards, adding a knot to the bottom of the thread (it should catch on the back of the card).

4. Stitch through each hole, change colors when necessary. Tie a knot at the end on the back when you’re done.

Hand-Stitched Embroidery Patterns

To Make the Gift Tag: 

1. Place glue on the back of your stitched piece. I like glue dots or spray adhesive the best.

2. Add your stitched piece to a second color of cardstock paper cut into the shape of a gift tag.

3. Punch a hole at the top of your colored paper.

Hand-stitched Gift Tags

4. Add a little floss to the top punched hole at the top of the tag, secure with a knot, and it’s ready to add to a gift – the perfect handmade accent!

Hand Stitching DIY Gift Tags

Happy gifting!


  1. My learned embroidery when I was a young girl from my mom and then to count cross stitch when I got older. I know find my self going back to embroidery my first love. Thank you for sharing these cards, I love them…

  2. I enjoyed your post very much, and your cards are really cute!! I went over to Sublime Stitching… is very easy to see why you like it there so much!! I didn’t want to leave!! I love to embroider myself, and looking around there just gave me tons of ideas I have forgotten about! Thank you!! Sandy

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