Saturday, 3 September 2011

A Stitch in Time

I'm one of those people who can't sew a button on with much success, so I have never even dared venture into the world of sewing machines!!!  But....I have found that I like to hand stitch onto my scrapbook pages, it could be down to the fact that I can attach everything down with tape and it can't come apart!!

I want to share with you how I go about stitching on my layout with just basic tools, a pencil, ruler, paper piercer and a needle.

First of all I mark along the edge of the cardstock using a ruler, where I want my stitch holes to be.  On this page I chose to mark every 1/2"


Next I go back along my pencil marks with a paper piercer and pierce holes through the cardstock.


Then I thread my needle and do a very basic back stitch securing the thread at the back of the cardstock using double sided tape


Once I'd stitched all the way around the cardstock, I then created the page using the gorgeous My Minds Eye  Lost & Found Two - Sunshine range.  This paper range is even more stunning when its in your hands I can tell you!  I also did my stitching with Bakers Twine in black and white.

I also made a flower on my page using lace, and by taking apart the brad embellishment that has the "19" brad in the centre of it, I re-created my own embellishment.  I took the "19" brad out and separated the other two layers of circle and sun, I put double sided tape on the back of the sun and pleated the lace around, adhering it down as I went.  I then replaced the circle and used the "*heart* you" brad to attach the whole thing together.  It is a very easy way to make the embellishment packs suit your page.


I hope I inspire you to get out those needles and threads even if you're like me and can't sew a button to save your life!!



11 comments:

Helsbells said...

Like the colour combination and the layering. The lace embellishment is a nice touch. That's how I measure out to hand stitch too. You should have a go at machine stitching though; it really isn't that scary. If you're going to the retreat I will show you if like :)

Michelle said...

Gorgeous Sandie! Off 2 get my needle n thread! :)

Jill said...

Ooh just love that paper range, great idea for the sewing as well Sandie. Jill x

Louise said...

lovey page Sandie, gorgeous colours, and I like the lace embellishment

gwyneth said...

Gorgeous LO Sandi.Love the MME pp's
You should try the Sew Easy, great if you don't have a machine. Think I'll pass on the sewing for the time being - just been sewing 100's of school name tapes last couple of weeks LOL - should have taught both DD's to sew !!!

Lynsey said...

Thanks for the great tutorial.
Hugs Lynsey x

Dawn said...

Fab work Sandie just as I knew it would be xxx

Ifa said...

Love this paper range too.

Like Helsbells said,you defo should try the machine. Unlike a dress, it doesn't matter if it is not straight on a LO, it is all in the name of art.

Jenga said...

Love your first layout for the blog :)

Julia said...

Love your layout San and the stitching is great and I love that you have used twine to do it with.(Sorry I didn't teach you to sew) lol!!!

Nat said...

I love hand stitching too <3 Fab layout Sandie and great first blog post, welcome to the team :) xxx