Monday, March 24, 2008

Using Bazzill Stitch'z Templates

This months Scrapkit, Addict and Little Pill kit ALL featured some of the new stitching templates by Bazzill. If you like the look of real stitching on your layouts, but getting out the sewing machine doesn't thrill you, these are just the thing for getting the look you want without the hassel. If you haven't used the templates before, they can be a little intimidating at first. Don't let them scare you, they're really much easier to use then you would think.

In order to use the templates properly, you need the following tools:
- the stitch'z template(s) of your choice
- a paper piercer
- embroidery floss or thin yard
- a cushioned mat such as a coluzzle cutting mat, a stamp mat or a mouse pad that you don't mind putting some holes in
- a darning or embroidery needle

When you thread your needle, only use a single thickness of floss. You will use less of it that way, and since you will be going back through some holes multiple times this will help to not bulk up those areas.

Lay your paper on top of the cushioned mat, then place your template in the desired position. Using your paper piercer, start punching the holes out until you have them all done

Once the holes are punched out, start stitching by going up through the first hole, and down through the second hole - this is called doing a "running stitch". When you get to the third hole, go back up again and double back down through the second hole. You are now doing a "running back stitch".

Continue in this same fashion until you have filled all of the holes. In some areas, you will need to go back through a hole that you have already used in order to get to another area of your image. If you would rather not double up, you can cut your thread, tie a knot and start again if you want to, but since the underside will be concealed it really isn't necessary.

When you're done, simply tie a knot and cut off the extra thread. There! Wasn't that easy?! Use your image to add a special homemade touch to your layouts, or create a personal, handmade card that the recipient will love and cherish.


Linda said...

Very nice! Good pics and I love how it looks to use those templates.

Lori Gentile said...

Not sure if you'll see this comment, but I just want to say thank you for this tutorial. I am a spaz at sewing. I had no idea how to use the template. I'm so glad you posted.