Hello and welcome to another Monday Tutorial – Machine Stitching on Paper, Part 2. If you missed Part 1, you can find it HERE because there are good tips on the basics of sewing on paper. As in Part 1, the tags are basic and left unfinished in order to show the various stitch ideas. The tag papers are from Tim Holtz Core’dinations distress papers, ribbon and stamps A Muse.
TAG 1: Zig Zag Stitch Banners
Banners are sewed along the top edge with a zig zag stitch. Easy enough right? For a card design, however, think about layering the banners, overlapping them, varying the width and length of them. Use this idea for an arched banner across a card too, rather than straight across. Supplies: Martha Stewart butterfly punch.
TAG 2: Sqiggles
I saw something squiggly like this done on a card and loved the craziness of it! I actually ran out of thread and just kept on paper piercing! To do this technique, I moved the tag around with both hands in circles; kind of like free-form sewing. Notice the banner is stitched together on one end. Supplies: A Muse ‘tool-rific’ sentiment, circle punches,
TAG 3: Wavy Line
Using a straight stitch, sew wavy lines dissecting the paper. Add a cut out image and sentiment and that’s it. Supplies: A Muse ‘smile inside’ stamps, Fancy Pants Hopscotch paper, Distress markers, Archival black.
Tag 4: Adding Rows
Stitch rows and rows of zig zags. Mine are crooked so I tried to straight stitch the last row to give the illusion of straight! I also added some quick stamping to give you an idea of how this design will look on a card. Supplies: A Muse ‘just because,’ Hero Arts chalk ink, Archival inks for leaves and sentiment.
Tag 5: Double Stitch a Shape
I saw this technique elsewhere and love it’s simplicity. Think about using different shapes instead of a heart! Notice it is slightly off the page. Supplies: A Muse ‘just because, circle punches, Marth Stewart butterfly punch, Archival black ink.
Tag 6: Mobiles
Create a mobile effect by nudging all the shapes close together. I wanted to show how you can add pattern paper to really add interest. Any shapes will work for the mobile. Supplies: Fancy Pants Hopscotch paper.
Tag 7: Creating a Ruffle
Ruffling crepe paper is easy to do but you can use fabric, paper or ribbon too. Crepe paper is a snap to push and bunch while sewing the straight stitch. There’s lots you can do with this technique on a card. I would sew 2 rows down the center and cut the length in half to form 2 rows of ruffles to add layering to a card! Supplies: Craft store crepe paper.
Tag 8: Zig Zag Accents
Add zig zag accents to edges. It is a trick to use once your card is designed and you have the papers/images in place.
Tag 9: Cross Hatch
Create a cross hatch design in one corner of the card front. This design is also added after your card is created.
Tag 10: Straight Stitching a Banner
The banner is stitched all around the perimeter. Junk it up with lots of layering embellishments!