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Button-Down Father's Day Card

This handsome, handmade card offers a charming and personalized way to show Dad how much you care. What's more, you can customize the basic technique to create a buttoned-down look, a jacket with lapels, or even a pocket and handkerchief.




Resources: We found the scrapbooking supplies, snap eyelets, universal eyelet setter, and small hammer from


  • 8 1/2-by-11-inch sheet of card stock
  • Bone folder
  • 1/8-inch hole punch
  • Snap eyelets
  • Universal eyelet setter
  • Small hammer
  • Piece of fabric (at least 12 by 9 1/4 inches)
  • Sobo glue
  • Scissors
  • Fabri-tac


  1. Step 1

    To create the tag, cut a strip of card stock measuring 3 inches by 1/2 inch, and write the message (e.g., "Happy Father's Day"). Using the 1/8-inch hole punch, make a hole centered at each end of the tag. Place the tag on the inside center face of the card. Center the tag at the top, and lightly mark where the holes are. Using the same punch, make two holes just inside of these marks. (This will allow the tag to bow when it's attached.

  2. Step 2

    Attach the snaps: Place the cylinder end, or smaller end, of the snap through the top of the tag and then through the corresponding hole in the card so that the message reads correctly. Flip the card over, carefully holding the snap in place, and lay it flat on a sturdy surface. Using the eyelet setter and the hammer, split the back of the snap until it's secure. Repeat for the other hole.

  3. Step 3

    To make the sweater: Using a scrap piece of cardboard cut to the same size as the card, line the top with the length edge of the fabric, and wrap the fabric around the card. Using Sobo Glue, secure the vertical seam, and weight it down for a minute or two to dry.

  4. Step 4

    Close the bottom: Fold the corners at the bottom, as if you were wrapping a gift. Tuck the seam side inside over the card; this will create a flap. Using a little more Sobo, glue the flap down. Let dry for a minute.

  5. Step 5

    For the inside of the card, you can either line it with a different color piece of paper or write on it directly. Once you're done, simply slip the shirt card inside the sweater so that the collars match up.

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Reviews (23)

  • JackieHandunge 14 Jun, 2009

    Thanks for the article and idea, would like to share this Fathers day contest with others, Fathers Day Craziest Tie Contest! You can win an autographed copy of the book, Love is a Verb by award winning author Dr Gary Chapman and there are 2 cash prizes of $50 each.
    Dads send in a picture of yourself wearing your craziest or ugliest tie and ladies, encourage your husband to submit a photo of THAT tie you absolutely hate, Yeah, you know the one!
    For more info and to take part check out this

  • ColorsOutsideLines 13 Jun, 2008

    On some level I understand and agree with winterbeach's sentiments about disposable crafts and such. Many of these projects do recycle previously used items, salvaged materials or "scraps". I think she might be more eco- and people friendly if she pointed out how many of these disposable projects could be recycled or could be made from previously used materials.

  • AdrienneB 11 Jun, 2008

    I think a video clip would've been nice. Also, I would've liked a picture of the "sweater envelope". I think it's a great idea. You can use anything you want to make it! That's the beauty of an "IDEA"!! You read it, take what you want from it, then make it your own!! Thanks MSL!! Another Great one!!

  • TriciaJay 11 Jun, 2008


  • licenselady 11 Jun, 2008

    I'm more of a visual person. I'd love to SEE this being done via video help. I follow sight easier than written directions. Great ideas...thanks!

  • alicjaewa 10 Jun, 2008

    I agree that this might be too involved for young kids without some prep from an adult, but some of us adults could try this for our dads as well. I plan on making it for my dear Father.

  • JerseyCook 10 Jun, 2008

    This is a terrific project for teens and a great way to recycle. Try using a dress shirt and tie that have outlived their life expectancy. It would be nice for kids to make dad a card that looks like his old shirt and tie, especially if it was a favorite. You could also use fabric scraps, wallpaper remnants, the sources are endless, challenged only by your imagination. The inner card could be made from the insert from a pair of pantyhose (does anyone wear them anymore?)

  • pelican66 10 Jun, 2008

    clever idea but too involved for kids to do....their attention spans might not make it to completion lol..........

  • pattiet 10 Jun, 2008

    I think someone mentioned that a video would be helpful. I agree. I could also use a bigger picture of this. Other than that it's a cute idea and I'm going to try it.

  • kitti2karen 10 Jun, 2008

    I am part of a scrapbooking - card making club and we made a similar one from scraps of cardstock. While some of MSL crafts are just not that geared in to using found items (in other words many projects force you to go out and buy the ingredients) this one is a great green project because you can adapt it using items found around the house. You can use wrapping paper scraps, an old greeting card, a piece of paper that a child colored - whatever you like - to make the shirt. This card gets lots of oohs and ahs.

  • lantsha 10 Jun, 2008

    I think winterbeach has no children. Because if she did, she would know that any craft made by the children for their dad or grandpa is always cherrished. Winterbeach get a life.

  • Antiragweed 10 Jun, 2008

    I agree. All comments should be welcome here. I believe that winterbeach was simply saying that there should be more environmentally friendly projects on here. I have to agree - the world is a bit too "throw away" for my own taste. Perhaps instead of fabric use recycled papers and salvaged buttons for this project? All opinions should be welcome - lets not turn this into a flame-war.

  • lbuser 10 Jun, 2008

    Oh, my gosh, winterbeach, get a clue. "Take it to his grave"? What's with that? If you don't like a project, just sign out. I for one, think this is a great project and with a little prep on my part my 3 and 5 year old grandkids can glue one together for their dad. I think I will glue the tag, though, for them. Great idea, MSL.

  • Licialynn 10 Jun, 2008

    I think it is an adorable card... I have a father that keeps everything including what I would consider "trash". There is a difference between not liking a project and being rude. If you would like to make it "environmentally conscience" use old clothes to make it. These are just project ideas be creative with it.

  • deebeee 10 Jun, 2008

    I think comments should be welcome here. Nothing inappropriate about winterbeach's comment. Some others should chill. Let's allow for differences of opinions please.

  • craftydoglover 10 Jun, 2008

    This looks good. I make cards for charity and have problems with men's cards so am bookmarking this one to try.

  • Rellimroof 10 Jun, 2008

    Looks like a fun card project for a familys Father's day celebration.
    Oh, WINTERBEACH doesn't get the VALUE of an item is in the love and
    cheriched moments. Go buy something if you can't come up with
    your own projects. Don't trash on others

  • slovell 10 Jun, 2008

    Boy, Winterbeach!!! Some misplaced anger there!!! Chill!

  • andeande 10 Jun, 2008

    winterbeach, you shouldn't participate in what you do not like.

  • craftyfingers 10 Jun, 2008

    a template or video of this project would be of great help. ..

  • winterbeach 10 Jun, 2008

    Landfill. Garbage. Trash. I really think if MSL wants to be a responsible corporate citizen they need to stop these cheesey, cheap, throwaway crafts. Be the change we wish to see. Become environmentally concsious every day and not just one week in March every year. This craft is insulting, what Dad is going to cherish it forever, take it to his grave with him?? I think not. MSL, pull up your bootstraps and join the real world. We don't need all this STUFF

  • terivanhecke 10 Jun, 2008

    For pre-schoolers I've seen this done w/ construction paper, one color on top of another w/ a construction paper tie - cute and simple - Dad will love it!

  • Melodae 10 Jun, 2008

    I was looking for a project for my niece and nephews -- but they're elementary age. This is a good concept for them, but the process is much too involved.