Cross Stitch on Paper

sewing on paper

I finally tried cross stitching and machine sewing on paper and am very happy with the results.

Cross Stitching on Paper

I think this is my first time cross stitching on paper. On the left page (ab0ve photo), I poked tiny holes in the page and cross-stitched a heart pattern by hand.

Although I did test machine sewing onto regular-weight computer paper (which worked fine), for hand sewing onto paper, I definitely recommend a thicker weighted paper. For this project, I used heavyweight white cardstock from Michael’s: Recollections brand, 110 lb.

To poke the holes in the page, I put a piece of graph paper on top of the card stock, with a Fiskars cutting mat underneath. Then I used a bulletin board pin to poke holes at every cross point in the graph paper.

After the paper was covered in holes, I was able to pick my cross stitch pattern and cross stitch as I would normally on cross stitch fabric.

Here’s the cross stitch on paper closeup. If you look close you can see the holes I made over the entire page:


Here’s the back of the sewn pages:


Machine Sewing on Paper

On the right page, I used my sewing machine to sew zig zag journal lines in red thread.

For the journaling, I started with the word “stitch” and looked up related words in the dictionary. I like how stitching and sewing can be used metaphorically.

Here’s the zig zag journal lines up close:


Have you tried sewing on paper, by hand or machine? Any tips for someone new to sewing on paper?


Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.


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I am participating in the 31 Days, which is a blogging challenge in October organized by The Nester. I have chosen to (attempt) to write Monday-Friday during October on the topic of art journaling.

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Cross stitch red heart on white paper. From The Handcrafted Story. Love this simple embroidery.

By | 2017-09-21T12:31:57-07:00 October 23rd, 2014|Art Journal, Get Messy Art Journal, Sewing|8 Comments


  1. Violetta October 23, 2014 at 10:48 am - Reply

    This is so cute and creative! I’m not much of a sewing person, so it’s intriguing to see all the different ways people use this craft that I’m so unfamiliar with. I love how you combined it with words. Well done!

  2. Tanyalee October 23, 2014 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    How very clever. I love the stitching. I have a sewing machine but am just not motivated to use it at all. But I really love the look of stitches on paper. Love it!

  3. Anika Lacerte October 23, 2014 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    Thanks Tanyalee! I love stitches on paper, too.

  4. vanessa October 23, 2014 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    I love stitching on paper! I use my machine more than anything. I also ‘draw’ with it (I did it for the September prompt). Stitching can be used decoratively or to hold something down, the possibilities are endless. I really like the words you chose to put down on the pages. LOVELY

    • Anika Lacerte October 24, 2014 at 2:12 pm - Reply

      Thanks Vanessa! I’d love to learn how to draw with it. I guess I need a stitch option that is more freestyle? Or do you just use a regular stitch?

  5. Lauren October 26, 2014 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    The cross stitch is just amazing! LOVE It! Thanks for sharing!

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