Sunday, October 30, 2011

A little faux sewing

I have a few people who have been asking me how I "sew" on my projects, so I thought I would show you how I do it! It's simple! I don't!!! I fake it like you wouldn't believe! LOL! Here is how I do it!

You will need:
A fine tip pen, an awl, a template to pierce holes evenly, and a sewing marking wheel (not sure if that is the proper name for it, but that is what I call it).

For the first technique and my favorite is to use that sewing wheel. You can do it two ways.
The first is to draw the line where you want your "sewing" to be and then trace over it with the wheel, making sure to apply firm pressure as you trace the line.

The second technique is to make the "holes" with the wheel first and then trace the holes with your fine tip pen. Here is a trick I use to make it look like it's really sewn by a machine, I will often make the lines go a bit off track and leave a leave a little trail at the end of the line.

Now for the second technique: Using the template and awl. I am using the set from Stampin' Up. I love it 'cause they have guide lines, and different widths to work with. This technique is simple, but I find it doesn't give the look of sewing with a machine, but more of a hand sewn look.

Take you paper and place it on the mat, place the template over you paper and choose the pattern that  you want to use. Pierce the holes with the awl.

Now all you have to do is trace a line from hole to hole. Or you could leave it as is a well. Both ways look good on a LO or Card!

Hope this helps you to achieve that "sewn" look on you projects. If you have tried these techniques, I would love to see what you made!

~Have a great day~


  1. I totally love this and it makes me want to find my little sewing wheel that I HAD TO HAVE but have never used!!!!

  2. Awesome! :D I will try that out!

  3. Very cool! Anything to avoid threading a real machine!