CK Summer Camp 2012 (Day Five): Stitched Paper Flowers

Hello hello! Welcome to the last day of CK Summer Camp! I’m Linda Barber, and we’re going to close out this fun week by creatively customizing those ubiquitous curled paper flowers. Jen Jockisch created these pretty flowers for her layout on page 16 of our Mixed Media Scrapbooking special issue.

My Superpower by Jen Jockisch, as seen in Mixed Media Scrapbooking, a special issue from Creating Keepsakes magazine.

I love how Jen added a bit of texture and some contrasting color by adding some machine stitching to her curled paper flowers. So fun!

Make Your Own Stitched Paper Flowers

My brother is getting married soon, and I wanted to make a gift tag for my soon-to-be sister-in-law’s present (how’s that for a two back-to-back hyphenated words?). Her wedding color is yellow, and I thought a simple white and yellow tag would be pretty and bridal-esque.

Gather supplies:

Let’s cover the supply list first. Two things you need for sure:

  • cardstock (or patterned paper) cut into a square
  • sharp scissors.

The size of the paper square will dictate the size of your flower. The bigger the square, the bigger the flower. Since I’m making a tag, I kept mine small, at 21/2” square.

Other supplies for your flower making:

  • sewing machine (or handstitching supplies)
  • Glue Dots or other strong adhesive

And that is about it!


Let’s get started!

  1. Cut the square of paper into a circle. Freehand! It doesn’t have to be perfect, so don’t spend too much time on this step.
  2. Starting on the outside, cut the circle into a snail. Basically, start cutting at the edge, and go into the paper creating a sort of a concentric circle.  Don’t cut the strip too small, or it will be hard to sew on.
  3. Using a sewing machine, add a patterned stitch to the snail. Jen used a zigzag stitch, and I liked it so much, that’s what I did too. But you can choose whatever stitch you want, and whichever color of thread (you could match the paper, instead of adding contrast). Note: Be careful here. Go slowly so you don’t tear your paper, or poke your finger. I tied a teensy knot at each of the ends, and then cut off the excess.
  4. Start coiling the snail, beginning at the pointy outside bit. I usually fold it in a few times, and then start coiling it. I coil it tightly to curl the paper.
  5. Let go of the coil (it should spring open a bit) and voilà, you have a flower! Apply a strong adhesive onto that little circular bit at the end, and push the coil down onto it.
  6. It’s done! And it’s so pretty!

I chose to make a tag, but you could add these to layouts, cards, around picture frames. You could create a whole wreath with them. So many options!

I hope you enjoyed combining paper and stitching for this fun accent. Be sure to visit Club CK today to earn your Fabric & Thread merit badge and learn quick tricks to combine fabric with both paper and digital layouts.

Linda Barber, CK Dream Team


Would you like to win a prize? Leave a comment here sharing a way you’ve stitched on a layout or other craft. You could win this prize package sponsored by American Crafts, ClearsnapDie Cuts with a View, EK Success , Elmer’s, Pebbles, and Westcott.

Comments must be received by Monday, July 30, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. Mountain Time. Sorry, we cannot ship prizes internationally. If your entry is chosen and you live outside the United States, you will be offered a year subscription to Creating Keepsakes magazine instead of this prize.

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Tere: I love stitching on my layouts and cards. Using my sewing machine is faster, but I love how therapeutic hand stitching can be. I just love it!

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153 Responses to CK Summer Camp 2012 (Day Five): Stitched Paper Flowers

  1. Lanette says:

    I love to add stitching on my LO when it’s missing that extra something. Thanks for the great tip using the flower, super cute!

  2. LCJinRoslyn PA says:

    We’ve gotten a couple of the coiled flowers in the swaps … I like the “extra” that the sewing adds to it. Thanks for the tutorial!!

  3. Katie says:

    Love these stitched paper flowers! Great tutorial and a beautiful clean tag as a result. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

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