Creating patchwork accents

Feb 25, 2011













I like to incorporate a patchwork look on many of my vintage inspired projects. This is a bit time consuming but an accent I feel is certainly worth the effort. All I do is cut patterned papers in different sizes then sew a straight stitch all around the inner edge of the patterned paper. Once I have all the stitching completed I take a pair of zigzag scissors and trim the outer edges on some of the patterned papers and leave some with a slight distressed straight edge.










Above shows some of the straight edges distressed slightly and inked using a creamy brown ink. Below shows some of the edges trimmed using zigzag decorative scissors and inked using a creamy brown ink.

On page 34 of my book I show you how I antiqued the frame. This is something else I love to do to resin items as it really does give them a very nice finish.










I am telling you now save those scraps because this is a perfect way to use them in cards, layouts and projects.


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  • Love these, Lisa!! Super cute! :)

  • I think that the layers and different textures make it all work, great detail. Hugs, From Diane in California

  • Ginny

    Thank you for the great idea. My mom passed away 3 months ago. (My dad 25 years ago) We sold her house and will need everything out in about 2 weeks. I want one last picture with my 3 brothers and I in front. Your project will be the perfect project for the picture.

  • It really makes a difference, doesn’t it! All the layers and edges add so much interest. Beautiful!!
    Hugs, Diane

  • love the layout