Sewing on Paper

  • Difficulty Rating: Beginner


Sewing on Paper

It’s time to dust off that sewing machine!

Sewing on paper is an easy way to add a homespun touch to layouts and cards. With a few tips & tricks, you’ll be stitching up a storm in no time!

Use separate needles for paper.

machine stitching on paper

Stitching on paper can dull your needles quickly, so you’ll want to switch them out before you sew fabric. I find that putting a dot of nail polish on my “paper” needles makes it easy to tell them apart.

Secure your stitching.


Just like fabric sewing, you’ll want to secure your stitches. If you are stitching on heavyweight paper (like cardstock), go ahead and backstitch. If you are sewing patterned paper, it’s better to add a bit of acid free tape to the back of the layout. Backstitching may tear thinner paper stocks. Stitch over borders for extra interest.


Adding a row of straight stitching over a border is a great way to add interest & texture. To help secure the border, use a bit of adhesive. Be careful not to use too much, or it may gum up on your needles.

Experiment with decorative stitches.


Play with the decorative stitch options on your machine. Almost any stitch will look great on your paper projects. A personal favorite of mine is the zig zag stitch. It looks terrific when layered on top of punched shapes.

Hand stitch smaller elements.


When it comes to buttons or other small embellishments, you’ll want to revert to hand stitching. Using a thicker needle may be easier (an upholstery needle works well). For extra “oomph,” switch to embroidery thread for your hand stitched elements.