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Printable Ornament Template

Ever wondered how to turn a quilt into a greeting card?


Using a tip from reader Jenedel Wilcox of Frankfort, Michigan, we used an ornament template to trim a photo of a quilt into a shape for this holiday greeting card. To re-create this look, follow these steps.

1. Take a photo of your quilt. It helps to have someone hold up your quilt or lay it on a flat surface while you’re taking the picture so the quilt looks relatively flat and not wavy or rippled.

2. Print a 4×6″ photo of the quilt.

3. Download and print the ornament template PDF at our sister site, 

4. Cut out the ornament base, top, front loop, and back loop pieces from the pattern sheet.

5. Using a pencil, trace and cut out the ornament base from the photo.

6. Trace the ornament top, front loop, and back loop pieces onto colored cardstock. (We used the same color of cardstock for the front loop piece as we used for the card foundation.)

7. Fold a 10-1/2″x7-1/4″ piece of cardstock in half to create a card foundation.

8. Adhere the cut-out shapes onto the front of card foundation. (We mounted the ornament base onto a red scalloped circle cut slightly larger than the base to make it pop.)

9. Embellish the card with rickrack, ribbon, scalloped cardstock strips, and stitching. Add a sticker or printed greeting.

Using these same general instructions, you can use any template to make a greeting card. Click here for more holiday-theme templates or  visit for more free templates for other themes. See the December 2011 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine for more Tips from Readers.