Saturday, November 27, 2010

Super Saturday Tutorial: Seminole Paper Piecing Trim

Did you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday?  Are you all shopped out from the Black Friday Sales Events?  Take your shoes off, sit back, relax and take a moment to stamp and enjoy today’s Super Saturday Tutorial!  Today’s technique tutorial reminds me of Seminole pieced fabric braids from quilting days!  LOL… it’s also a bit like gum wrapper braiding too!  This Seminole Paper Pieced border is a perfect non-ribbon accent for cards and scrapbook pages too!

I can’t tell you how many times I hear comments from people who don’t want to ‘waste’ double sided designer series paper!   They’re often concerned about not being able to use both sides of the paper and effectively showcase both patterns on the paper.  It doesn’t bother me at all… I find that I often prefer one side over the other, so just use the pattern I like Smile  Today’s Super Saturday tutorial will showcase both sides of the paper at once… so there you go, how fun is that!

Here’s a sample of the Seminole Paper Piercing trim on my card featuring this d├ęcor element aka trim…



You can see how the double sided designer series paper is fully utilized using this simple technique.. kind of fun, isn’t it?

Stampin’ Supplies Used for Today’s Super Saturday Seminole Paper Piecing Tutorial:

  • Double Sided Designer Series Paper (Deck the Halls DSP used in today’s Tutorial and Sample)
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Pencil
  • Bone Folder
  • Ruler or Grid Paper

Step by Step Instructions:

  • Cut 1/2” x 12” piece of double sided Designer Series Paper.  Tip:  it’s much easier to remove 1/2” from a 12” piece of paper by aligning the left edge 1/2” smaller than the whole paper i.e. at 11.5” and achieve a straight cut than it is to align and cut at 1/2”.
  • Using pencil and ruler (or grid paper) make a mark at 5-3/8” along the top edge of the paper and 6-1/4” along the lower edge of the paper.  You can see my pencil marks just to the left of each arrow in the photo below.PB240489
  • Make your first fold in the paper by folding along the diagonal formed by connecting the two pencil marks.  Tip:  I like to use my grid paper to make sure the two extensions of paper are aligned at 90 degrees and straight.  (Don’t pay attention to the measurements displayed on the grid paper) SmilePB240490
  • Next, fold the right extension down so that it is parallel to the left extension and a triangle or “arrow” is formed at the tip.PB240492
  • Turn the paper over…
  • Fold the right “leg” of the paper across and over the left leg… keep the legs perpendicular to one another (at 90 degrees).  The fold forms a perfect corner with the upper left corner of the contrasting triangle.



  • Next, tuck the leg you just folded UNDER the leg you just crossed…see where this is going?PB240495
  • The Seminole paper pieced ‘braid is being formed Smile  Next, fold the left leg down so that it is again parallel to the right leg of the braid.PB240497
  • Double check as you fold, that both right and left sides of the braid are straight and even.
  • Now… turn the paper over, and repeat the last three folds until the braid is completed.  These pictures are from various stages in development of the braided piece…PB240500
  • Folding the right leg across, tuck under, and fold the left leg down…PB240502


  • If you don’t check your edges as you go, you could have an uneven braid edge like the one in the photo below… be sure to take the time to align as you go!PB240516b
  • Unraveling the braid produces an interesting paper trim as well:PB240515

Hope you enjoyed today’s Super Saturday Seminole Paper Piecing Tutorial!  I’d love to see the cards and pages you create using this technique, and would be happy to feature your work on my blog as well.. simply create a card or Scrapbook page with this technique, and I’ll put your creation on my blog and link back to your blog or online gallery as well!

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Heidi Baks said...

very clever, Sharon!

Adriana Benitez said...

Very cool, Sharon! Thank you for sharing this here, I didn't know how to do this and love the finished result.

TrishG said...

Fun folding that really shows off the DSP well! Great card, I especially love the bling.

gale.sewell said...

What a neat idea. Thank you for sharing the specifics with us. I will have to try it.

Tammy Fite said...

WOW!! What a great technique!! Thanks for sharing!

Cheryl said...

Cool technique to show off SU!s gorgeous DSP! Thanks for the tutorial with the great pictures!!

Holly / InkPaperStamps said...

Now this is funky cool!

Yapha said...

Great card, and what a fabulous technique! You're right, it is just perfect for the double-sided paper!

Deb said...

What a fun technique!! Thanks for sharing.

Shari Winterstein said...

Love this card and what a fun technique! I'll have to put my husband to work trying this first! :) Thanks for blessing my day. :)

Sara Mattson-Blume said...

great technique!

Tanya Boser said...

Thanks for a fun technique tutorial!

Shelley said...

Wow, that looks like fun! Can't wait to try it out. Your card is beautiful!

jmniffer said...

Pretty cool technique. I haven't seen that one before. Appreicate the how to's.
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Betty said...

Can't wait to try this as you have made it look so easy... I've been getting your feed for a while and am always so inspired!

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Deanne Stewart-Mills said...

Top tutorial. Thanks.

CreativSpirit said...

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