Stitched Border Tutorial

Hey Guys, How are you all today? I don’t know if any of you remember this card from a few weeks back? I was asked how I did the border stitching on this card so I thought I would put a tutorial up about it. Hope it is useful!

I actually use two stitches to get the effect, the first is a loose buttonhole stitch (aka blanket stitch) and the second is a backstitch.

Thread, a piercing tool, needle and the card to border. Sticky tape will also be useful!

Step One
When I’m stitching on card or paper I pierce the holes with my paper piercing tool before stitching.

If you are a perfectionist you might want to mark off the holes with a ruler but I usually use judgement – I like the rough and ready look (least that is my excuse!).

Step Two
Stick your thread end on the back of the card with tape and bring the thread through to the front of the card.

Step Three
Take the thread from the front of the card to the back of the card and back up to the front of the card through the next hole along. Leave the stitch loose in a loop.

Step Four
Now take the thread to the back of the card through the loop just as if you are doing a Buttonhole stitch (Blanket stitch) but don’t pull tight.

Step Five
Bring the thread to the front of the card through the next hole along leaving the loose loop.

Step Six
Repeat Step Three to Step Five to build up the border.

Step Seven
Depending on the size of your card and length of thread you might run out of thread before finishing the border – so what do you do to make sure it looks like continuous stitching?

Well, with the end of the thread make a loop in line with the next hole along and stick the end to the back of the card with tape. Then with new thread continue repeating Step Two to Step Five as before. Simple!

Step Eight
When you get to the last stitch make your last loop and connect up the border by taking the thread to the back of the card through the first loop

Step Nine
You can leave the stitch as it is – it is a good look or you can add a backstitch to give some extra definition.

Clicking on the photographs will give you a closer view of the stitching.

Feel free to link in the comments to any projects you make with this stitching – I would just love to see what you do with it!

Happy Stitching

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Kim Dellow

Kim Dellow is an artist–designer–film-maker living the creative life in London, UK. She's a freelance creative for the craft industry and others, and she loves to share her art-ventures on her blog.

This Post Has 22 Comments

  1. Kinglake

    Hi kim,This is a fantastic tutorial so easy to follow,thanx for sharing xx jo xx

  2. Elaine

    Awesome! I've been wondering about this, so as soon as I get chance, I'll definitely give it a go!

  3. Jo (Boots the Monkey)

    Wow, fantastic tutorial Kim. We'll be seeing it on everyone's cards now, you wait and see. Thank's for sharing hunny pie !


    Jo xxx

  4. sandra

    Thanks for tutorial!
    Will shore try to do that!

  5. Nannieflash

    Hi Kim, your card is gorgeous and the tutorial is very easy to follow to. Do you know I can remember doing the same thing when I was at Primary School way back in the 40s, that shows my age. Never mind its a fabulous and easy way to follow a tutorial and I think youve done brilliantly. Well done with love and hugs Shirleyxx

  6. lisa

    Hi Kim. I love how you include all sorts of stitching on your work. This is a great tuturial, thanks so much for sharing. I shall definitely be giving it ago.


  7. Sally

    Great tutorial. don't know if I would have the patience to do that.

  8. ~amy~

    holey moley kim….excellent…you are soooo detail oriented…

  9. Lynda

    Thats a great tutorial Kim – it's always nice to have new techniques to follow. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Love Lynda xxx

  10. Hi Kim!! I so love your have such a unique style and this tutorial is awesome! Thanks for sharing it!! HUGS

  11. Stacy Cohen

    Thank you, thank you, Kim!!! I love this!!! I'm going to have to give it a try.

  12. Vel

    Thanks for sharing this great technique!

  13. Jenny

    Wow this is a great technique. I'm not much into sewing, but this I must definitely give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Kelly Schelske

    Wow, that looks awesome! thanks so much for the fabulous tutorial Kim!

    I will definitely have to give that a go soon!

    Hugs, Kelly

  15. Kim

    Absolutely AMAZING! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! Can't wait to try this out now!!!
    Big Hugs~

  16. Ying Pang,

    great tutorial! I want to try it too.


  17. Sarpreet

    thank you so much for sharing this technique, i am inspired

  18. pisces23

    fantastic i know that cardmaking and
    sewing is a compliment to each other..

  19. naush

    super tutorial Kim. Thanks for sharing it with us all. You make it look so simple. Loved watching your cards, their gorgeous !
    C ya.

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