Animal Sewing Cards Free PDFs and We Love Color Giveaway

Rainy, snowy days are perfect for keeping little hands busy with handmade sewing cards. Not to mention how great they are for keeping minds busy on long drives. Using drawings found in a very old book, I modified some sweet animal designs into free printables for creating a fun set of sewing cards that you can make yourself. Just click on the design images below for download. Then, print the PDF files onto the heaviest color card stock your printer can handle. I used my vintage postage stamp quilt scan from this post to add a little more charm to the graphics for a whole other set of free printables!Trim out printed images with a generous margin around the design.

Hole punch the circles indicated. I needed to use an eyelet punch to reach the inner circles that were a bit too far in for my standard punch to reach. You can also cut out those hard-to-reach holes with an X-acto knife.

For sewing up the cards, you can make laces from yarn or string and wind tape tight around the ends then trim clean. But I found a fabulous source for the perfect laces for sewing cards online from We Love Colors. Not only do they have fabulous round laces in solid and splash colors, but just wait until you see all their fantastic products!After printing and punching the sewing cards, I made up a simple kit using two manila file folders and some colorful Japanese paper tape. I designed some basic cover labels that you can print to use also.Tucked inside the folder are the sewing cards and We Love Color laces.It may be easiest for smaller children to stitch around the cards with simple in and out stitching.Others may choose to cover all stitching areas. This will require two 54″ We Love Colors round laces to complete each design, and allowing for simple little knot eyes. For mine, I stitched around once as in the photo above, then came back with the second lace and filled in the gaps.The final sewn cards can be carefully un-stitched for reuse, or kept sewn and used as whimsical wall art! I think they would look darling shadow boxed as decor for a child’s room. The plain graphics can also be printed to patterned scrapbook paper trimmed to 8.5″ x 11″ sheets and adhered to cardstock with spray adhesive. You can laminate the printed sheets with clear Contact shelf liner before trimming and punching to make them more durable.

The Giveaway: We Love Colors has generously offered to send three lucky JSIM readers a fun assortment of colorful laces for their sewing card project (or your shoes, or woven bracelets, or many other creative projects!) To enter to win, check out the We Love Colors website then come back to this post and leave a comment before Friday, December 31 at noon. The winners will be chosen and notified on Saturday.

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143 Responses to Animal Sewing Cards Free PDFs and We Love Color Giveaway

  1. What a cute company! I love the colorful headbands.

  2. #2 - Bobbiann says:

    Hi Cathe,

    I always get excited when I see that you have a new post because your designs and ideas are so lovely. I love these sewing cards. The laces are nice and bright and I did check out

  3. #3 - Donna says:

    The sewing cards are really cute! I’d love to win the pretty laces.

  4. #4 - Tricia C. says:

    Love all the colors for tights. I’m also always looking for leotards for my daughter. Thanks for the intro to this company.

  5. #5 - Holley says:

    Thank you!!!! I’m a preschool teacher and these are perfect! Always looking for something new!!! The We Love Color website is a great source for all of us!

  6. #6 - Michele Finn says:

    What a great find! I’m thinking fishnets! 🙂

  7. #7 - Emma says:

    This is wonderful! My little boy enjoys his lacing cards, but I never thought to make them!

  8. #8 - Kelly says:

    This is the most creative gift idea I’ve seen in a long time. If I win the laces, I’m making kits for my nephews. Real men need to know how to sew!

  9. #9 - says:

    LOVE it!!!! Thank you so much!

  10. #10 - Jody says:

    I used to LOVE to play with sewing cards when I was a girl. These are extra sweet with the quilting and bright laces. I’d love to be added to the drawing.


  11. #11 - Michelle says:

    I love We Love Colors and all of their beautifully brilliant accessories!

  12. #12 - Cat says:

    51 Colors! It’s like a Crayola box! Great stuff at this web site. And I love the project. I remember having these when I was a girl.

  13. #13 - palmire says:

    voilà une belle activité pour nos “moyens” enfants par ce temps de froid et de neige et de nuit dès 17h

  14. #14 - Carla says:

    This is such a cute project. Loved all the colorful tights on we love color. Purple stripes for grown ups! WOW

  15. #15 - Carol Sandretto-Unsinger says:

    WOW!! Love this! Almost a year ago I was looking and looking for sewing/lace up cards for my girls… Settled for some $ spot cards and laminated them so they could handle the use. Yours are MUCH nicer!! Those are some wonderful laces – I’m guessing they price per pair, but it doesn’t say… Those color splash ones are pretty awesome – would be like using variegated thread – love it!! Thanks for the wonderful share!!

  16. #17 - terese says:

    What a great giveaway.
    I love the laces!

  17. #18 - JudiW says:

    Love this project! I’ve grandgirls who would love to do the animal sewing kits.

  18. #19 - objectsofwhimsy says:

    love their website and all the beautiful coloured goodies!!! Thanks for the tute looking forward to having a go at it myself.

  19. #20 - Kokopelli says:

    Very cute designs, Cathe! My niece is a bit too young to do them, but I’ll keep them in mind, just in case she heired the fabulous creativity from her grandpa.

  20. #21 - suesue says:

    Love the lace cards! My grandkids would be the perfect age for these and they’d make a great Easter gift. I love the bright colors at We Love Colors too. So much fun!!

  21. #22 - Jenni says:

    Fun to see what all they offer! Thanks for the chance to win these laces!

  22. #23 - Karin says:

    Oh, my goodness! Cathe- those are adorable! I’ll be printing these out for my granddaughter! Thank you, you clever girl. 🙂

  23. #24 - sandy miller says:

    Love your animal sewing cards please enter me in your giveaway!
    Thank so much

  24. #25 - Cate Talbot Ashton says:

    Thanks for sharing this site with us! Love the colors!

  25. #26 - jodi @ back40life says:

    love all the fun kid’s tights!

  26. #27 - Christine says:

    I have never heard of We Love Color. What a great find! Settling on a color for new socks has never been so much fun– and so difficult! And these sewing cards are so very sweet. Thank you for sharing all your great ideas. I just discovered your site last week and it is now one of my very favorites!

  27. #28 - Kate B says:

    I would have LOVED these sewing cards as a kid! My niece is a little young for these, but I’m going to file away this as a project idea for a few years from now.

    The tights on that site are amazing! I have a dress that simply requires tights and I would love to be bold enough to wear something colored with it!

  28. #29 - Anne Thompson says:

    Loved the website and all their colorful tights! Your sewing cards reminded me of ones I had as a girl. What a great project! I’d love to win the laces and create my own gift packages for some children I know. Thanks for the chance to win! Anne, yourmainestamper

  29. #30 - Pat B. says:

    These are Soooo… ADORABLE ! Thanks for sharing !

  30. #31 - RandomCreativity says:

    I would love to win a set of laces. I was expecting a craft site, and was suprised that it was a clothing site. Thanks fro the giveaway 🙂

  31. #32 - Krystal says:

    These look like so much fun!

  32. #33 - beansieleigh says:

    Checked out the We Love Color website, and loved the splash of color headbands!.. Love these sweet sewing cards, with the cutest patchwork animals, Cathe!!! I might make these up for the kids I take care of at the church, for Easter! Thanks so much for sharing these, and please do count me in for this giveaway! ~tina

  33. #34 - amanda says:

    what a lovely project, can’t wait till my little girl is interested in these but until then i have some other girls in mind!

  34. #35 - Sarah says:

    I can’t wait to make these for my daughters. They would make great birthday gifts too!

  35. #36 - susieQ says:

    These bring back happy memories. Many children don’t have the opportunity to practice fine motor play nowadays, so if you have little ones, this is a great toy to have fun with while learning.

  36. #37 - Jennifer says:

    I’ve been wanting to make some of these for my niece, thanks for the chance to win and for the great sewing cards!

  37. #38 - susan w says:

    These would be great to use in my kindergarten classroom as a fine motor task; plus, by making enough for everybody, a keepsake. Sewing cards are almost a forgotten childhood activity. Thank you so much for all the lovely goodies that you share.

  38. #39 - Little Lovables says:

    Oh I love these, you are so creative and the quilt image looks perfect.

    I checked out the site, I’m kind of digging the fishnet tights!

  39. #40 - Diane Muldoon says:

    I have never seen so many colored tights in my life. Love the shoelaces….and the sewing cards are adorable. Thank you!

  40. #41 - Suzanne says:

    What a fabulous website and resource! Love the round laces and all their other items. Thanks so much for the downloads. I’m definitely going to make these for my grandkids for Valentine’s Day!

  41. #42 - Laura says:

    These are adorable! I LOVED the We Love Colors website.

    I am going to print out your cards for my classroom. I teach 2nd grade and we are running into our winter-long indoor recess spree, which makes EVERYONE crazy (teachers and kids!). This year, to combat the craziness, I’m going to host “activity clubs” from time to time during indoor recess. I’ll let the kids sign up for one and guide a small group in an activity that’s different from typical indoor recess stuff. I already led one activity group in coloring postcards for me to send to students…they looked terrific when they were done! I’m also thinking of hosting a knitting group since I have some extra needles and yarn at home.

    These sewing cards will be perfect to use in my next activity group. A little novelty now and then will be just the ticket to get us through this winter without dying of boredom 🙂 Thanks for the idea!

  42. #43 - Melanie K. says:

    You come up with the most amazing things! I would love to win some of these great looking laces. thanks!

  43. #44 - Nancy Lee says:

    You have just solved my problem with a birthday in Feb… Abbie will be 3 and this is the perfect gift. She will love them… I hope I win the laces …. fingers crossed…

  44. #45 - Erika Sews says:

    My hubs just asked me when and how our 2 year old could learn to sew, and this is just what she needs! Thank you for sharing!

  45. #46 - Tina Harvey says:

    What a fun thing to make for my children!! Thanks!!

  46. #47 - Marlyce says:

    WOW! What a surprise! I was just directed here from another blog (allsorts.typepad) and was shocked to find such a beautiful giveaway! I teach first grade and this is one of the things on my endless “TO DO” list! To make sewing cards to help develop fine motor in my little kiddies so they can improve their writing skills…it was just a matter of finding the right pictures and creating the holes. I’m so happy to have found your blog! Thank you–again and again!

  47. #48 - Stephanie says:

    This is such a great idea, I’ll have to make some of these for my daughter!

  48. #49 - Mary Ann Romberg says:

    I just checked out We Love Colors web site…I love the fun, bright colors of their laces. I am a new grandmother and have been looking for things to make for our grandson…sewing cards would be a delightful and educational gift to creat for him, especially if I would be so blessed to win those colorful laces!

  49. #50 - Stephane in Alaska says:

    Oh, WOW. OMGosh, ~W*O*W~! You’ve taken something rather common and not particularly imaginative and elevated it to a wonderful degree of appealing cuteness. You, my dear, are a true artist.

  50. #51 - Joyce says:

    The heart of this new grandma (aka Mamie) is fluttering! I can’t wait to make these sewing cards for my little grandgirl. (she’s only 4 months so I’ve got some time, I know) but oh, what fun is in store! Thank you so much for sharing this project.


  51. #52 - LeAnn says:

    Did I need yet another obsession? NO! But I did go check out We Love Color just as I keep coming back to Cathe’s posts. Thanks so much for the free sewing card downloads! I now need the laces to complete a perfect Valentine’s day gift for my niece…..thanks again!!

  52. #53 - Elizabeth Toel says:

    What a fun project – I have a little niece that will love these. The We Love Colour site is fabulous, my teenage girlies are going to love all those colours of tights!

  53. #54 - CHASITY SHARP says:

    I love the dancewear and the spash color tights! Adorable!

  54. #55 - Patricia says:

    These look amazing! Thank you!
    Thanks also for letting me know about “We Love Color”, my girl and I are loving the turtle neck leotard in splash colors!

  55. #56 - lindaschiffer says:

    Gosh what great colors they really do have! I like those fishnet long fingerless gloves. 🙂


  56. #57 - Jane T in NW Louisiana says:

    WOW That site has so much more than just laces. Thanks so much for leading us to them. Also, thank you for the lacing patterns. I have two great-granddaughters who will enjoy doing this probably next year.

  57. #58 - Ashley says:

    Oh I love how you added a little flair to the normally a bit boring blank patterns! They are so cute! I tried to get my niece to try to do sewing cards last year but I think she is still a bit too little! But these are so adorable!

  58. #59 - Noga says:

    A great idea! Lovely designs!
    Thank you!
    Happy holiday!

  59. #60 - HollowSquirrel says:

    I would LOVE this win — I’m so into kid projects right now! I’d love to try this for my boys!

  60. #61 - Kerry says:

    Gorgeous colours indeed! This is a great tutorial – would make lovely little gifts!

  61. #62 - Marcia W. says:

    The We Love Color website lives up to its name with all the lovely colored items. I especially like the multi-colored laces. Thanks for the tutorial for the sewing cards. My niece loves animals so will be checking this out further. Please enter me into the giveaway.

  62. #63 - kelly says:

    i love love love all those colors! can you throw in some red and white striped tights too?? i ALWAYS wanted some!

  63. #64 - Tara K says:

    What a great project! If you don’t mind, I may use this for my homeschool preschool/K group. It will be a nice change up from the usual coloring page! 🙂 Thank you!

    I checked out … and I must say .. I love their plus-size leggings, I wonder if I’m brave enough to order and wear them!

  64. #65 - AmericKim says:

    How creative! I love what you did. The quilt stamp is lovely too!

  65. #66 - Chelsea Eland says:

    I love the We Love Colors site! I could find great use for these for gifts for family and friends.

  66. #67 - DL says:

    this is such a good idea! my dds are asking to sew and i was at a loss for projects…this is perfect for them! thank you!

  67. #68 - Sue H. says:

    What a great store! Nice stuff – and I’d love to win!

  68. #69 - Char-D says:

    Wow! They are more than just laces. Love the headbands.

  69. #70 - Amanda @ 32* North says:

    These are precious! Happy New Year, Cathe!

  70. #71 - Susan W says:

    Wow. These are so adorable! My 3 girls will love these! And We Love Color? Guess who’s going tights shopping?! Your creativity is astounding!

  71. #72 - Sheila says:

    I love the lace up cards and would love to win the colorful laces. You always have so many neat projects. Thanks.

  72. #73 - TXJennyWren says:

    I want to make some of these for my grandchildren. Hope I win the blog candy. Thank you for sharing all you do!!

  73. #74 - Stefeni says:

    What a great idea! Perfect for my older students.

  74. Super cute, Cathe! No kidlets here or young enough to give to but maybe I could make some and donate them to a women’s shelter! 🙂

  75. #76 - Sarah Karlsen says:

    These look like so much fun…I want them for me..not my kids 🙂

  76. #77 - Laura B. says:

    What a fun project. I have a 2 and a 3 year old, so it would be perfect. Plus I just got a laminator, so I think that I could make super durable cards with that. Thanks!

  77. #78 - Susan G says:

    Hello! Happy Holidays! I love these little guys:) what a great idea. (now I need to know how you made the folder) these would be great for my great-nieces and great-nephews!!

    I just checked out “We Love Color” I love that they do striped socks in PLUS sizes!! My son will probably buy some striped socks, and perhaps some of the gloves.

    Thanks for all you do, and thanks for this opportunity!

    Happy, healthy New Year to you and yours,

  78. #79 - Patty Katashima says:

    I sure do like those colorful laces! I would use them in the lacing projects, just like you showed us! So nice!

  79. #80 - Dana F says:

    This is a lovely idea, can’t to create this for my daughter! Thank you!

  80. #81 - Beth says:

    So sweet; so cute! Love this idea.

  81. #82 - Kathie Borders says:

    The splash color laces would be cool for this project. I plan to make a set for my nephew’s 2nd birthday. And while I’m at it, I’ll make a set for my 3 year old too. Thanks for the lacing cards Cathe and thanks for the giveaway, We Love Color!

  82. #83 - Sarah says:

    Oh my! How adorable!

  83. #84 - M Whitten says:

    I am always looking for bright dancewear for my girl. What a great site. Thanks!!

  84. #85 - sarah says:

    i have a niece who would LOVE their stuff!

  85. #86 - wendy g says:

    I love the solid color knee highs. It’s fun to have a bright color on under the same old jeans!

  86. #87 - Jennifer Cheek-Payan says:

    I went to We Love Colors website & found a hundred things I need to order! lol Lots of cool tights and some lil dresses to wear to go out dancing! Thank you so much for the chance to win! I know my son would love to do the cards and laces as a crafty activity.

  87. #88 - Resa Dance says:

    Checked out We Love Colors – especially love the stripped knee highs!
    Thank you, Cathe, for sharing the darling sewing cards and instructions for making the whole folder for them – I know just who I’ll be making them for!

  88. #89 - Yaya Cheryl says:

    Thanks for the intro to We Love Colors. What neat products. First time to your site also, but not the last.

  89. #90 - Eva says:

    Thank you so much!

  90. #91 - Beckey says:

    I LOVE those sewing cards! I know two little girls that will go nuts for them. I am going to order some of those laces for my tennies! For years I had a good stockpile of brite laces, but sadly not any more. Woo hoo! I will be enjoying wearing my bling!

  91. #92 - Jen Galan says:

    So cool! I love all of your projects–thanks for sharing your gifts with us!

  92. #94 - angela says:

    how very cool! i totally remember playing with sewing cards as a kid. and i love ‘we love color’! such a fun post, thank you for sharing! xo

  93. #95 - Dulsanna says:

    These would be great to keep my 2-year-old’s hands busy during church! great idea…and I love the quilt.

  94. #96 - Laura says:

    Love the sewing cards and most everything on the we love color site. My daughter would be in love with all the tights and headbands!

  95. #97 - Dennis says:

    Wow what color. I am going back and order some of the socks. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway it is really great and the downloads wow double wow.

  96. #98 - Henrietta says:

    I love this post. This is so inspirational blog, I’m happy I found you. Thank for these animals, they are so cute:)
    Happy New Year
    Greetings from Finland

  97. #99 - Micky says:

    Such a great idea. an’t wait to see how my kids do at “sewing”.

  98. #100 - Marianne says:

    This is such a great idea. Thanks for the chance to win.

  99. #101 - Marianne says:

    Sorry email on my #100 comment was wrong.

  100. #102 - Beth in Seattle says:

    Love this – I just ran across a set of playing card sized sewing cards that my daughter used – hours of fun.

  101. #103 - Alter says:

    My daughters would love some of those multicolored leotards, but there’s no way my wife’ll let me wear tights… 😉

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  103. #104 - Stephane in Alaska says:

    May I add some clarification? I love lacing cards for the learning opportunities and the simple, old-fashioned fun they provide. But I think your “whole” is so much more than the sum of its parts.

  104. #106 - susanelizabeth u fleming says:

    wow! thank you!

  105. #107 - susanelizabeth u fleming says:

    wow! thank you!

  106. #108 - Kristen says:

    These are just TOO fun! My little person is still a bit too little for these, but I’ll for sure be bookmarking this for a down the road. Thanks Cathe!

  107. #109 - marchio says:

    Great idea.never thought of it.
    I think I will make them soonest.
    Thanks for the tutes.

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  109. QWhat a fabulous projetc so well conceived!
    Thank you!!

  110. #111 - stacy says:

    These are wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing the templates! I’ve got to get some card stock now!

  111. #112 - Rachel says:

    Thank you so much for such a wonderful sewing idea. My toddler will LOVE doing these over and over again. She’s very excited about needlework right now. 🙂

    Thanks again, they’re absolutely beautiful!

  112. #113 - mumsyjr says:

    Found my way here from the Crafty Crow. These are so utterly charming! Also, I think they will be the saving of my daughter and I today, as we have been snowed in for almost a week (Ga is not used to this kind of weather and very few roads have been cleared and very few places open). She has been watching me sew lately and has been dieing to try her hand at it. These are perfect! Thank you so much for posting them!

  113. #114 - fliki says:

    That is so cute! My daughter (7y.) will love it! And I love it too. We are going to try ourselves at it. Thank you so much.

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  116. #115 - eva kampi says:

    amei este projeto! pena que aqui não sei se encontrarei os fios!
    mas, valeu!!!!!parabéns!!!!!
    bjs, eva

  117. #116 - Denise says:

    Love the laces!

  118. #117 - jet says:

    aaaw sooo cute and beautiful your designs i think all the grown ups love them too, like i do.LOL
    what a great idea, really awesome
    thank you for sharing this.

  119. #118 - Annessa says:

    Thanks for designing and sharing this! I’m so excied to make these for some little children.

  120. I just discovered your wonderful blog, and found this while going through the list of tutorials. These cards are going to be a great treasure — I’m going to make them up for my little niece. Thank you so much for your generosity in providing these for us!

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  122. #120 - Emy says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this !

  123. #121 - skb says:

    What an excellent idea for my two kids!

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  127. #122 - Alix - TAM says:

    Great, I love it !
    Do you know Tête à Modeler ? It’s a french site for hand made working with the kids ! Thousands of ideas !

  128. #123 - Nancy DeLathouwer says:

    How talented you are and so generous to share! My 3 year old grand-daughter will love to work on these while her mommy sews. Thank you for sharing such a clever idea.

  129. #124 - Linda says:

    Thanx so much for sharing these. They are perfect for my wee grandaughter.

  130. #125 - Katrin says:

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  131. #126 - Debra Mcknight-Schirck says:

    I love these since I remember sewing cards when I was young and my grandmother, aunt and mother teaching me how to do them. It was the beginning of my embroidery lessons and I plan to pass it on.

  132. #127 - Shirlene says:

    I was browsing the web for ideas for simple and safe activities to do with our seniors in our memory care unit. This is a wonderful find as they all love animals, and it is easy and stimulating for them to do. Thank you for the ability to reprint. I can’t wait to see how they enjoy this activity.

  133. #128 - Jeanine says:

    Oh my these are just captivating. You are soooooo kind! Thank you very much for sharing. They’re so beautiful. My daughters and I will enjoy them and I appreciate your advice throughout as well.

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  135. #129 - mare says:

    Cathe, are they supposed to print out at about 3″ x 4″? Even though I increase the size, my printer won’t print them any larger. I’d like them bigger for small hands! Thanks!

  136. #130 - jessica says:

    i like the site i think it is cool

  137. #131 - jessica says:

    i want to learn how to sew

  138. #132 - Susan says:

    Great fun for children and older adults to help with motor skills.

  139. #133 - Suzanne Grabber says:

    Hi. Just found your website and came across these sewing cards on it. Brought me back to my childhood faster than the proverbial speeding bullet. I remember my chubby hands putting the shoelace ends through those holes like it was yesterday. What a pleasant memory to come across on a rainy morning. My grandkids are boys, and almost grown, but I’ll keep them on my computer hoping for some great grandkids. I subscribed to your newsletter and I believe I will be enjoying it immensely from what I’ve seen so far. Thanks!

  140. #134 - SNOOKY says:

    I have a 93 year young Mother who loved to crochet, but since her stroke she is paralyzed in her dominate right hand, and this is so easy for her to use with her left to feed the string thru the holes, she feels like she is crocheting again, Thank you so much for your templates, makes me happy to see her finish her accomplishments.