In honor of Cool Tools for Paper Crafters, let’s talk about tools.
If you are one who loves the look of stitching on your paper crafting projects, this tool is for you.
The tool allows paper crafters to create the look of even stitches without having to fire up their sewing machine.
The tool is quite simple in design. It consists of a plastic barrel and a removable head. The head has teeth that you run across a piece of paper to make holes to stitch floss through.
It also has a small door at the bottom of the barrel that opens up, allowing you to store sewing needles inside the barrel.
Because the head of the tool is removable, you can buy heads to use with the tool. The heads allows you to make stitched designs that range from hearts to zig zags. The one that comes with the tool is a straight stitch.
To remove the head from the tool, you rotate it and then pull it out of the tool.
As the name implies, this tool really is easy to use.
Let me show it in action:
1. Set a piece of cardstock on a Sew Easy mat. I’ve found you want to use their mat rather than regular old craft foam or a self-healing mat because it simply works best with this tool. It’s cushy and it is about 1 inch thick.
2. Roll the Sew Easy tool slowly across the paper to piece holes in the paper. Grip the handle with one finger extended down the barrel. Be sure to apply even pressure on the tool and not bobble the tool sideways as you move it. This can result in uneven pierce marks.
If the holes haven’t gone through all the way through your paper, just use a push pin or piercing tool to finish them off.
3. Sew floss through the pierced holes.
And there you have it! And if floss isn’t your thing, consider using a pen to draw stitch marks instead.
Here are some projects I made with the Sew Easy tool:
I created the stitch lines with it here.
And I made three stitch lines with here. I stitched floss through one of the lines and then used pens to draw stitch lines on the other two. Can you tell which two?
Here I did something a little different with the tool: I distressed with it. I ran it repeatedly over the wood cut stem and then I sponged on a little ink onto it. You can achieve a similar look by using running the Sew Easy over chipboard.
Want to “tool around” with a Sew Easy of your own? The folks at We R Memory Keepers have generously offered up a Sew Easy tool for one of you lucky readers! Tell me three paper crafting tools you’d like to learn more about by Wednesday at 5 PM MST and I’ll pick one of you to win the prize!
And for even more project inspiration using the Sew Easy, turn to page 93!
I’ll be back tomorrow to talk about paper crimpers, so make sure to tune in!
Paper Crafts Go-to Gal
PS. Hit my blog today to see three bonus ideas for using the Sew Easy tool.