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.


Art Journaling

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.