Tuesday, June 30, 2009

'Stitch Imagery' Charm Bracelet

By Kelli Nina Perkins
The content of this blog post is courtesy of the Interweave’s eNewsletter - Cloth Paper Scissors Embellishments

These stitched-image charms are a lovely showcase for your journal art and doodles. Take some favorite images and sketch them out on watercolor paper. For this bracelet, I created some small painted cupcakes, but you can cut up a piece of abstract art or even reduce photos to create your charms.


  • Stitched-image charmsSmall paintings or photos
  • Sewing machine
  • Scanner
  • Inkjet-ready muslin or cotton
  • Inkjet printer
  • Fiberfill
  • Embroidery floss/needle
  • Eyelets
  • Jump rings
  • Bracelet



  1. Small images or photosCreate 6 or more small images or photos. You can reduce them after scanning, so make them a workable size, but not too large. I drew some cupcake outlines in permanent marker, glued on some book text, then painted them with watercolors.

  2. Stitch around the paper images with a free-motion foot and black thread to create a sketched look.

  3. Scan the images into your computer and reduce them. Each charm should measure about 1", including a border for sewing.

  4. Print the images on a sheet of inkjet-ready muslin and allow them to dry. Cut out the charms.

  5. Cupcake exampleStitch around 3 sides with a sewing machine, leaving a 1/8" border. Stuff each charm with fiberfill and finish the final edge.

  6. Edge each charm with colorful embroidery floss, using a blanket stitch.

  7. Punch a hole in the corner of each charm and add a small eyelet.

  8. Attach the charms to your bracelet with jump rings, adding buttons, felt bobbles, or other charms.

Interweave Press and the Author (Kelli Perkins in this case) are not affiliated with Paper Imagery Designs

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