It’s Tuesday once again when we are treated to yet another fantastic tutorial from one of you! This week we are treated to an amazing stitching tutorial by Cristine Redmond. Let’s face it, stitching is all the rage and what a snazzy and simple addition it makes to your crafting projects.

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I love to stitch on my layouts and cards because I love the “yes, I actually did this by hand” look it creates. I’ve had a few comments on some of my layouts as to how I did it, so I thought I’d create a How To’sday post showing how I do my stitching. There is no right way to do this, so you may figure out an easier way.

Supplies needed:

  • cardstock
  • stencil, template or Sew Easy tool
  • floss (embroidery floss, twine, Sew Easy floss)
  • pencil
  • paper piercer (you can use a needle if you don’t have one)
  • ruler (if you’re a stickler for straight lines
  • tape
  • scissors

For this tutorial, I’m using a stitching template from Bazzill Basics. It has the holes laid out for you and all you have to do is follow along.

If I’m doing words, I like to draw out lines just to make sure I’m stitching them out in a straight line.

For this step, you can either use your pencil and put a dot in the center of the holes or just take your paper piercer/needle and punch the holes as you go. I like to get my template drawn out in case I need to move/alter it.

Here is what it looks like after all of my letters have been dotted.

Take your paper piercer/needle and poke small holes where the dots are.

This is what it looks like after all of the letters have been pierced.

I like to erase any lines or dots that are showing because it’s much easier to do at this point rather than at the end. Now it’s time to stitch!

Starting with the backside of the cardstock sticking up, put the needle down the 2nd hole (of the letter/shape you’re starting with) and pull the floss through. Use a piece of tape to secure the end to the cardstock.

Flip the cardstock over so the front is facing you and put the needle in the 1st hole.  Pull the floss through.

Flip back over to the back side and put the needle in the third hole.  Pull the floss through.

Flip the cardstock back over so the front is facing you and put the needle down the 2nd hole.  Pull the floss through.

Continue with this pattern until the letters or shape you are stitching is completed. Use tape to secure the end down to the cardstock.

This is what the back will look like.

And this is what the front will look like.

Much prettier, right?  ;)

Here is an example of a free-hand design I did on a layout.  I wanted to create a couple branches to do a cherry blossom embellishment. I drew out the branches and then pierced holes with a needle.

This is what the completed branches look like. I added some flower brads to a few of the holes to complete the cherry blossom look.

I also stitched the title for my layout, so here is a picture of the completed project.

Here are a few cards that I stitched some details on to.

I hope you find this tutorial helpful!  Stitching on layouts or cards is tedious work, but the end product is totally worth it!

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Cristine, thank you so much for such an amazing tutorial.

If you have an idea that you’d like to see featured on our How To’sday blog posting, then don’t be shy! Send along your ideas with images to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

Can’t wait to see stitching on all of your upcoming creations.

Have a great day!