Thursday, March 3, 2011

Tutorial at Papercraft Star


Today's post, Papercraft Star's Thursday Tutorial, is a little how-to on the vintage seam binding look.

This look is so easy, and so inexpensive to accomplish.

Start with Hug Snug ! 100 yards is only $7.95 plus s&h here at While they have over 200 colors in stock, you will probably never use a whole 100 yards of any one color. So, I start with "winter white" and create my own colors.

You will need:
Hug Snug
Craft Sheet or tin foil
Water in a mister
Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels)
And, if you are adverse to tearing things with your teeth, a scissors to snip the binding

Spray well with water, then a little of the glimmer mist. You will need far less of the glimmer mist if you use some water first.

Sop up the beaded color on the mat, and juggle the binding from hand to hand to be certain it is all evenly colored. You can add a second or third color of glimmer mist if you are looking for a special color. OR, the gold mist will leave you with a lovely sheen.

This will work on the Hug Snug, a number of different kinds of ribbons, and lace.

You can scrunch up the binding and leave it to dry overnight, or use your heat tool for a quick dry. The heat tool will shrink the binding very slightly, and also take out a lot of the scrunchy look.

This is the end result on a card - I used the gold glimmer mist on this one.

Don't bother with your big iron to smooth out the
wrinkles, if that is the look you desire. Just pull your ribbon or binding through a hot curling iron. Your ribbon smooths out perfectly.

Don't do this on a day you have major plans - you will look like this til tomorrow !!

AND tomorrow Papercraft Star has their Executive Committee Reveal, which will be me again. I loved this week's challenge, and I will have a movie inspired card for you.



  1. thanks for the tut :)

    i think your fingers are "stylish" *wink wink*

  2. Love those blue fingers. :) TFS this wonderful tutorial. I just love how seam binding ribbon adds some pizazz to a design. :)

  3. Jan thank you so much for sharing such a great tutorial and the link to buy ribbon so reasonably priced!
    Kind regards,
    Jennifer Ferrell

  4. Fun tutorial Jan...messy but fun! Great job.

  5. I just cant find any seaming binding here in Malaysia..neither in Spore after asking one of the crafters..but wonderful tutorial that you gave...a good tip!