Sew Easy with Nicole Nowosad

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Good morning!  My favorite technique on a page has to be using sewing. Whether it is machine or even by hand, sewing adds a great texture to a paper crafting project of any kind. I created a fun and semi-floral stitched background for my page, and thought I would share how I created it, quite easily with the help of my trusty sewing machine.

 

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Start with punching or diecutting a shape using various patterns from the Saturday Morning collection. I chose a hexagon shape, but a similar effect could be made with a circle punch as well. My hexagons each measured 1.5″. Trim one shape out of a scrap of cardstock or patterned paper that will NOT end up in your final design.

 

As I used hexagons, I placed my scrap piece in the center of my grouping and added hexagons all around that central piece. If you used circles in replacement, the circles should touch edges with your scrap circle piece instead.

 

step one

 

I like to make each floral like piece separate and place them on my pages after sewing, you get a tiny bit of extra dimension on your page from the paper it was sewn on, but you can just as easily do this on your layout base.  To create mine, I added a small amount of tape runner to the back of my patterned shapes onto a scrap piece of cardstock to keep it all together. I removed my center piece of scrap paper.

 

step two

 

Now the fun begins! I take each of my floral patterned shapes and stitch around each shape on my sewing machine. Hand stitching would look just or more awesome, just take a little longer :) I stitched around each of the hexagon shapes within my floral grouping, but you could quite simply go around the inside and outside edges of the floral group.

 

step three

 

Time to put them on your page if you haven’t done so already! I like having the shapes separate so I can fiddle with their placement on my page.  Once I placed them where I liked them, I adhered with a few glue dots.

 

I left some gap between my floral groups and added stitching to the center and in between to create a whimsical quilt like feel to that side of my project.

 

step four

 

I love how the stitching on the project adds so much texture and gives life to the left side of my page!

 

I hope you will give this a try !

 

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