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Creating Stitching with a Cut File

Welcome to day two of the COAPA 20 Days of December hop. For today’s stitching theme, I have selected a beautiful diamond background cut file used to record a memory of our son making his first quilt.

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Adding stitching to paper crafting projects is one of my favorite things to do. I like how it adds texture to a page, emphasizes a focal point, and brings a little contrast to a design. Stitching can be added with a sewing machine or by hand using a cut file like this one from COAPA.

This diamond background cut file was created so that you could easily create a pattern with thread or floss. I wanted my background to fill the page, which made holes large enough to accommodate embroidery floss. If you were to cut a smaller design, the hols would decrease in size and thread could be used instead.

For this pattern, I selected two colors of thread in neutral tones to give this page a more masculine feel. It did take about thirty minutes to add the stitching. I did complete any of the areas where the photos of pattern papers were going to be placed to save myself some time.

To match the sewing theme, I added a row of cardstock button stickers above the photos. These lovely patterns from Hip Kit Club matched my design beautifully and added just the right amount of color and pattern.

I also brought in some woodgrains to this page. Not only does it give off a more masculine vibe, but it refects the antique furniture that filled this sewing room years ago.

The title is a play on words with the word “sew” that I created using some letter stickers. I emphasized the word by placing it onto a cardstock sticker label and popped it up off the page.

In my video, I share a few tips to help you create the stitched background and share how easily this page came together.

This page records a memory of our son learning how to sew with his grandmother. I think my favorite part of this page is all those little buttons.  They emphasize the sewing theme and bring some great color and pattern to the layout.

If you have any questions about this project or the supplies listed above, feel free to leave me a comment.

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