Lay your template on top of your card and have older kids/adults trace with something sharp, like a sharpened pencil or an embroidery needle. Then take your needle and poke holes through your template until you've outlined your image. Thread your embroidery needle, knot the end, then "sew" your image. I used a backstitch while outlining this Christmas tree.
embroidery thread- she could turn it over, jump into an adjacent hole on the back, turn it over, then sew across the front again. I finished her star by outlining the edge for her, to help it stand out. While outlining, you can tie a knot behind each point, allowing you to use the same hole twice. (I went through the star's point, looped my thread around one of the threads on the back, brought my needle through to make a knot, then went back out the same hole.)Wouldn't outlining in a contrasting color be nice touch?
We'll be sewing these for friends, and as special thank you's. It'll be a good, simple activity to add to our activity basket, to keep returning to as the days get colder. Great sewing practice for them, and me too!
More Christmas Cards to Create Together:
Washi Tape Christmas Cards Kids Can Make from Mama Smiles
Washi Tape Christmas Baubles from Crafty Kids at Home
Marbled Christmas Cards from Fun-A-Day
Buttons & Corrugated Board Cards from Teach Me Mommy
Simple Holly Christmas Card from Peakle Pie
Hanging Star Card from Witty Hoots
Merry & Bright Christmas Cards from Books & Giggles
Nativity Themed Thank You Cards from 3 Dinosaurs
Homemade Penguin Cards from Adventures of Adam
Gingerbread Man with Candy Cane from The Gingerbread House
Easy Christmas Pop-Up Card from My Bright Firefly