Thursday, August 21, 2014

Stitched Frame Tutorial

Hi friends,
This week is Stitching week over on the American Crafts Blog.  I was asked to create a project tutorial using with the focus on stitching (right up my alley).  I created a stitched frame, and I will show you down below just how I created it using leftover paper strips.

Supplies: Geyser (71469) - Cardstock, Dear Lizzy Daydreamer 6x6 (366767) - Paper Pads, Amy Tangerine Cut and Paste (366086) - Paper Pads, Jacks Paper (366755) - Daydreamer, Marbles Paper (366749) - Daydreamer, Bike Ride Paper (366751) - Daydreamer, Flying Kites Paper 366754) - Daydreamer, Hide N Seek Paper (366746) - Daydreamer, Hula Hoop Paper (366760) - Daydreamer, Juggling Paper (366757) - Daydreamer, Jump Rope Paper (366753) - Daydreamer, Paper Planes Paper (366748) - Daydreamer, Red Rover Paper (366744) - Daydreamer, See Saw Paper (366758) - Daydreamer, Treasure Hunt Paper (366752) - Daydreamer, Blossom Paper (366042) - Cut and Paste, Heart Throb Paper (3664) - Cut and Paste, Infatuation Paper (366030) - Cut and Paste, On The Edge Paper (366043) - Cut and Paste, Postmarked Paper (366044) - Cut and Paste, Section 1 Paper (366033) - Cut and Paste, Grainy Goodness Paper (366049) - Cut and Paste, Sorbet Paper (366048) - Cut and Paste, A Lister (366029) - Cut and Paste, My  Thoughts Exactly (366052) - Cut and Paste, Cut Up Scissors Value Pack (AC420) - Tools, This To That (AM617-13) - Adhesive

Step 1: Gather paper trimmer, cardstock, scissors, patterned papers, adhesive, sewing machine, and thread.
Step 2: Trim patterned papers into 3/4" strips (width), the length can vary. Tip: you are going to want different lengths when you start laying them in a pattern.

 Step 3: Starting from the bottom of your cardstock and working across, start adhering patterned paper strips in a brick like fashion.


Continue step 3, follow the brick pattern until you have filled up the entire page. I had little pieces on the ends that I went back in and filled up last.
Step 4: Use a sewing machine to stitch each paper strip down. I turned my paper sideways and sewed one line at a time in a vertical fashion using a straight stitch. You can also use a zig zag stitch for this, or use a combination of stitching techniques.

Step 5: After stitching the whole piece use your scissors to trim off any excess paper strips or thread you might have on the ends.

Display in a shadow box frame and enjoy!
This project is a great way to use up patterned paper scraps and make a beautiful piece of decor!


  1. this is SO fun--LOVE how you used all that paper to create a BEAUTIFUL frame!

  2. Love this project, Gina! Such a great home decor project!!

    What a fun way to showcase all the fabulous colors & patterns!