How To’sday | Stitching Paper by Cristine Redmond

How To’sday | Stitching Paper by Cristine Redmond

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.


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!


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

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

Have a great day!

Sew Easy | Mid Week Mojo #42

Sew Easy | Mid Week Mojo #42

Ahhh — what’s not to love about today’s steal, the Sew Easy by We R Memory Keepers. I know so many of you out there have been waiting ever so patiently for its return, and let me tell you — it was well worth the wait! The new stitching heads are positively amazing.

I had so much fun working the “Lazy Daisy” stitching head into the focus of this weeks Mid Week Mojo sketch.

I have always been an admirer of the fancy stitches in needle work, but it’s just not a talent that I possess. I guess I should figure if I’m still struggling to finish a Christmas piece that I started in 1994, that maybe needle work isn’t my thing.  😉

Having the Sew Easy made it easy to make some of those fancy stitches on this layout about my recent meet up with some of our North Western ScrapbookStealers!

The straight stitch is one of my favorites. I love getting the perfect size of stitch with a simple roll of the tool. Brilliance, I tell ya—brilliance!

Now it’s time for the much-anticipated random winner of last week’s amazing sketch by Sheryl. Our lucky winner this week is Stephanie Umpbleby.

Stephanie has treated us week after week after week with layouts featuring a trip that she had to Europe. I’ve loved seeing a peek into her travels and am so happy that we will be able to supply her with a little something extra to keep those pages coming. Stephanie, if you’d like to send your address to, we will be happy to get a prize sent out to you.

I hope your day is absolutely scrap-tastic! Now if I could just head back to Washington so I could hang out with these wonderful scrappy sisters some more. That would be fantastic.

MWM #27 with a little We R Memory Keepers Stitched Cardstock

MWM #27 with a little We R Memory Keepers Stitched Cardstock

Every once in awhile Melodee asks me what she thinks would be a good steal to offer.  I begged her for weeks, politely suggested that today’s steal, the Stitched Sardstock from We R Memory Keepers would be a fantastic steal.  Not only is cardstock a necessity for us scrappers, but the fact that it comes in delightful colors and is pre-stitched, simply put, rocks my world.  I LOVE the look of machine stitching on a layout, and yes, I’ve been known to do it, in fact bought a sewing machine just FOR scrapbooking, but wow…this is so much easier.

I wanted to keep the sketch simple this week so as to let the design of the cardstock shine.

I honestly drew this sketch out in about 45 seconds while I was waiting to pick my daughter up from school.  I knew I wanted to have a splash of different patterned papers and then let my embellishments take the stage along with the cardstock.

The problem was I didn’t know which photo to scrap.  So I looked to my ’emergency’ stash and found this cute photo of our wonderful Facebook friend, Nicole Radawetz’s daughter.

This layout came together in less than an hour.  It must be a RECORD for me!  :)  I cut circles in various sizes, inked the edges and was done!  I did have a bit of a hiccup with the journaling however, because I had more that I wanted to say than the sketch allows, so I moved it to the upper left hand corner where it seemed to flow better.

I LOVE how well this papers works for combining all sorts of different embellishments.

I decided to create another layout following the horizontal photo format so that everyone can see the different ways that the sketch can be adapted.  I did this layout of my hunny.  It came together equally as quickly.

Again, I had a blast mixing up embellishments from different manufacturers to compliment the layout.

We can’t wait to see what you create with this weeks sketch!  Remember we are a few short weeks away from our next big drawing, which I must say is absolutely spectacular.  It hasn’t even hit the streets yet!

And now for this weeks lucky winner!  Random.Org, selected the 1st layout posted to last weeks blog post…Sheryl Kloke

Thank you Sheryl for being such an amazing part of our community.  Your enthusiasm for getting right to it and getting those mojos done paid off for you this week!  Cheryl, will you please send me your address to, and we will get a prize sent out to you!

Don’t forget to post your MWM #27 layouts to our Facebook Fan Page or personal blog and link them to this blog posting for your chance to win next weeks drawing.

Now get to it!  Scrap happy!  :)