Quick Ideas For Stitching

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you already know how much I love hand stitching. I don’t incorporate stitching into all of my layouts, but when I do, it’s usually a big part of the design.

If you don’t own a sewing machine (I do, I just can’t be bothered to get it out to use it on paper), I wanted to share some easy hand stitching ideas with you. It does take a little extra time, but the polished look is worth it.

5 Ideas to get more hand stitching on your pages

Follow existing lines

Supplies: Cardstock – Core’dinations Tim Holtz Mustard Seed, blue from the DCWV Mariposa cardstock stack, Bazzill Leap Frog and Cream Puff. Pattern Paper – two sheets from the October Afternoon Fly a Kite collection. Embellishments – Chit Chat and Sprinkles Thickers, October Afternoon Cherry Hill stickers. Tools – QK Reuse collection circle tree die, EK Success medium circle punch, Colorbox Chestnut Roan chalk ink,various DMC embroidery threads.

In this layout, I took my paper piercer and just followed the dashed lines that already existed around the circles on this pattern paper.

I used the dashed lines a guide and pierced a hole in about every other dashed line. The spacing isn’t always perfect, but I just go with it. Even if the holes are not perfectly spaced, it will look fine when it’s stitched.

Here’s another example:


I found this example in the gallery at scrapbook.com. I love how Jill punched holes along the seams of the sun rays and stitched along the lines to add further contrast.

Trace something

Write some words or a name on your layout and use your paper piercer to pierce holes into the word, then stitch it.

Here’s a great example from abenne27 from the 2 Peas gallery:


Here’s a great tutorial at the Sassafrass Lass blog on how to do this:


Another example shows how butterfly flutter lines were traced and stitched. I love the detail it adds to the layout.


Stitch something to the page

This could be something as simple as a button. Or you could stitch on other embellishments. In this layout, I attached these leaves to my page with the stitching lines, that also acted as the stems for my leaves.

For this one, I used the Tim Holtz Design Ruler. There are holes placed along one side of the ruler in 1/8 increments. It’s a really good tool for helping get your holes pierced at even intervals.

Use the Sew Easy

The Sew Easy by We R Memory Keepers is a great tool to help you pierce holes on your project for hand stitching. I love this tool. While there is a little bit of a learning curve (finding the right pressure to get the holes pierced without denting the paper) once you get the hang of it, it’s the easiest way to get the holes pierced evenly. And there are really cool designs too. In this layout, I used the newer Loop de Loop stitch piercer:

Here’s another example from the 2 Peas gallery from Mendi Yoshikawa:


I love how the Sew Easy Scallop stitch mimics the green scallop strip that frames the photo.

Use punches that already include holes

A few weeks ago, I shared my Martha Stewart punch find that has tiny holes that are perfect to stitch with.

I just added another punch to the collection. This Martha Stewart Doily Lace Edge punch has more of a scallop shape to is. But still includes the tiny holes that are perfectly aligned for stitching.

I hope this gives you some inspiration for more hand stitching on your pages.

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. Great set of ideas – just bought the doily MS punchso may have a go of that -just need to get motivated :0)

    • Yeah! It’s so easy to stitch into the tiny punch holes! And it looks so cool. I hope you give it a try!

  2. Very cute! I have looked at the Sew Easy a couple of times. Thanks for the review.

    • Thanks Steph. It’s a good one!

  3. Great tips! I often look at my page, think I should add some sewing, but am not quite sure how or where, so thanks for coming to my rescue! Especially love the idea of using holes already created by a punch.

    • Thank you! Just doing what I can to add a little more stitching happiness to the world. 🙂

  4. Awesome examples! When you hand stitch, do you use embroidery thread and if so, how many threads?

    • Yes – I have a TON of DMC embroidery thread in every color under the rainbow. I typically use 2 strands when I’m hand stitching, but I will use three strands if I want thicker coverage. Just depends on the project and what look I’m going for. 🙂

  5. wonderful tips and your examples are amazing!! i love all of them! great job!

    • Thank you! 🙂

  6. I love all those ideas! The sew easy is totally on my scrappers wishlist of big girl toys! Thanks for sharing! -Amanda

    • You are welcome. It’s a favorite tool of mine – I’ve never regretted getting it! 🙂

  7. Great ideas – I like using the holes from the border punch to hand stitch – may have to give tha tone a try.

    • It makes it go faster when half of the work is done for you! 🙂

  8. Wow you sure worked hard on that layout. Beautiful.

    • Thank you! Just stitched away one night while watching TV. It didn’t really take too long. And I love how it looks, so totally worth it! 😀

  9. LOVE this tutorial! Great ideas! I have the Sew Easy, just haven’t used it much! I need to get it out and use it!

    • Yeah, I’m so glad. I am just never going to get out the sewing machine to stitch on my pages so I need alternative ways to get it done! 🙂

  10. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!:-)

    • You are welcome! Thanks for stopping by today!

  11. Beautiful stitching as a fellow LO stitcher I will have a play with some of the tips 🙂 Thank you

  12. You are so welcome! 😀



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