Faux Stitching

by Sharon Harnist

Connect the holes pierced in paper to form a faux stitched look.


  • Paper piercing pad or mousepad

  • Paper piercing template

  • Paper piercing tool

  • Marker or gel pens

  • Cardstock


  1. Step 1

    Place cardstock piece on top of the paper piercing pad.

    Next, place the clear paper piercing template over the cardstock piece to be stitched.

    Use the paper piercing tool to poke holes in cardstock, using the piercing template as a guide.

  2. Pierced cardstock should look like this.

  3. Step 2

    Use a marker or gel pen to connect the pierced holes in your cardstock. This will form stitch marks. Make sure to pause at each hole so the hole is highlighted with marker. This helps to form a more realistic stitched look.

  4. Step 3

    Finish your card.



  1. Other Stitches
    Zig-Zag Stitch
    Poke alternating holes in two rows of the piercing template. Connect the holes, back and forth to form a zig-zag stitch.

    Blanket Stitch
    Poke every other hole in one row of the piercing template. Draw a line from the hole to the edge of the cardstock, then draw a line along the edge of the cardstock.

  2. Cross Stitch
    Poke every hole in two rows of the piercing template. Make "X" marks between the rows, using four of the holes. Continue making "X" marks along the row.

    Note: A gel pen may be used to make the "stitch" marks which will produce a raised line and give your faux stitch a more realistic feel.

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

I'd like to know where to get the paper piercing template.
ENM  |  Sun Jan 13, 2008 at 4:48 PM
You make it look so easy - thanks for sharing.
Diane  |  Wed Jan 30, 2008 at 5:22 AM
Could you Please tell me where to find this template you used.
Carolyn Mcavoy  |  Mon Feb 11, 2008 at 6:09 AM
I also would like to know where to purchase the paper piercing template used/shown.
dth  |  Wed Feb 13, 2008 at 10:23 AM
The paper piercing template shown here can be bought from any Stampin' Up! demonstrator. It comes in the Mat pack fro $9.95 plus shipping and taxes. The mat pack also includes the foam mat used underneath the cardstock and a cutting mat in that size.
beate  |  Wed Feb 13, 2008 at 11:01 AM
Where can I purchase the paper piercing tool? I have the templates and have never used them, but this sounds so neat. Thanks!
Debbie  |  Wed Apr 2, 2008 at 4:19 PM
You can find a piercing tool in the section of your hobby store where the quilling paper is stocked. In our Hobby Lobby it is in the same aisle as the stamps. It is only a few dollars. It may not be meant to do the piercing--but it works fabulous!
Card minister  |  Thu Apr 3, 2008 at 2:45 PM
You can always use a push pin if you don't have a piercing tool.
NascarGil  |  Fri May 2, 2008 at 10:56 AM
I also was going to ask about the piercing tool.I love the technique.Also about just using a push pin.Thanks
Linda Simmons  |  Tue May 13, 2008 at 5:30 AM
Fabulous tutorial. Thanks so much for all of your hard work! :0)
Mel M M M  |  Thu Jun 19, 2008 at 7:19 AM
I love this... where did you get the template? I would love to use this technique in my next stampin up class!
Tammy Armitstead  |  Sun Jun 29, 2008 at 9:36 PM
Sorry I am having a blonde moment.... Stampin up right! next time I will read before writting....
Tammy Armitstead  |  Sun Jun 29, 2008 at 9:42 PM
I was told that you can also use that plastic
canvas for the sticthing .
stamps4funGin  |  Fri Jul 18, 2008 at 8:45 AM
Very beautiful, BRAVO !

Where find < Paper piercing template > to make holes on the paper ?
Francine L.  |  Wed Aug 6, 2008 at 8:17 PM
Timeless Touches has a lot of stitching templates. Straight, circles, shapes, and some with stamps that go with them. www.timelesstouches.net
Louise  |  Wed Sep 10, 2008 at 8:56 AM
wonderful tutorial! I am at my lake cabin and didnt have the punching equipment. I used the plastic canvas and a sharp pin--it worked just fine!
Mary Jo Kuhn  |  Thu Sep 11, 2008 at 2:03 PM
I use my sewing machine with no thread and it saves alot of time. Just wanted to share. Have a blessed day.
LELIA  |  Tue Sep 16, 2008 at 6:49 PM
Go one step further if you have lots of thread like I do and thread through the holes to create a neat 3D look. Great on samplers, and the new quilt stamps.
Bonnie  |  Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 2:42 PM
There is an easier way to get this same faux stitching look. I use a tracing wheel that is normally used to transfer patterns onto fabric. I run the wheel along a metal ruler to keep the lines straight. Then connect the lines with a pen as they show above. Of course this only works for straight stitches!
Kathleen  |  Fri Dec 26, 2008 at 10:39 AM
how/where can I purchase products from this tutorial


pat Winn  |  Tue Jan 27, 2009 at 11:25 AM

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