I’ve always loved sewing on my scrapbook layouts using my sewing machine, but lately, I’ve gone crazy for hand-stitching on my pages as well. I’d seen the trend on various blogs and magazines, but when I started noticing the creative things Amy Tangerine does on both fabric and paper, I really took notice. I’m currently taking her class The Good Life at Big Picture Classes and I’ve learned how to do some of the fabulous things she does. Now, I want to sew on everything!
For a recent mini album I made, I cut a piece of a map showing where I vacationed a week and a half ago, and stitched around the exact area we visited. I got this idea from Pinterest a while back:
This, I could not wait to do. Talk about easy and gratifying. I also wanted to use a large photo of our trip for a layout I attach to our wall calendar in the kitchen area, but I wasn’t sure how to embellish and add to it. I really wanted to keep it simple and let the photo shine, so I stitched a simple design on that, too.
I just wanted it clean and simple, yet it feels ‘decorated’ and complete without too much fussiness. I still find it easier to sew on paper than fabric, especially stretchy fabric, but I want to get better at reverse applique. I picked up some t-shirts at Michael’s recently (2 for $10!), got more colors of cross-stitch floss, and had my mom help me pick out some cute quilt quarters in a rainbow of colors so I can make more cute tee’s like I learned in class:
If you haven’t tried anything like this, don’t be intimidated. It’s really quite easy. I have discovered that when I’m sitting with my husband in the evening, it’s a great way to relax, too. I’ll be back with more on the t-shirts I make. Until then, happy sewing!