Custom Dyed Seam Binding

RRR Tute Aug 2 03Custom Dyed Seam BindingTutorial for RRR

Hello, Friends!  I have a simple tutorial to share with you today.  While working with the Come Away with Me collection from G45, I had a hard time finding ribbon in my stash that really matched the papers.  When this happens, I never panic.  I just get out my favorite Cream Seam Binding from Really Reasonable Ribbon and make my own custom dyed seam binding.  It’s quick, easy and very fun.

RRR Tute Aug 2 01I cut a 3 foot length of my cream seam binding, then I spritzed it with Tattered Angels Patina Glimmer Mist.  Just a few spritzes is all it takes.  Then, I scrunched my ribbon all up, working that beautiful blue all through it.  Next, I used my heat gun to dry it….and kept on scrunching that ribbon…just like you do when you are drying your hair with a blow dryer and mousse!  LOL  When the ribbon was dry.  I put one little spritz of Cranberry Tattered Angels mist onto my craft sheet and tapped the ribbon in this randomly.  I didn’t want a lot of cranberry…just a dot here and there.  I dried it again and then added it to my project.  Wanna see?

RRR Tute Aug 2 02Using the glimmer mist adds a nice shine to the seam binding.  This little journal is one I picked up at the thrift store and altered with the Come Away with Me papers.  It will make a great Christmas gift for someone!  I painted the edges of the journal with Tattered Rose Distress Paint and then tapped it with Tsukineko Walnut Stain.  I even tapped the wire binding with Distress Paint. Everything is matted with chocolate brown card stock to keep all those patterns from competing with one another.  I ran a tiny bit of my favorite Natural Jute String through the ends of the chipboard tag, too.

RRR Tute Aug 2 04RRR Tute Aug 2 05I built pockets on the inside to hold photos or other memorabilia.

RRR Tute Aug 2 06The title page is also decorated with room for a little note and some more jute string.

RRR Tute Aug 2 07Another pocket inside the back cover.

RRR Tute Aug 2 08And the back cover, too.

I meant to take a before/after photo, but you’ll have to take my word for it….this journal got a major facelift!  Now I love it, and I hope you do, too!

RRR Tute Aug 2 09

I love working with seam binding so much that I always keep it at hand.  It ties beautiful bows, and now you know how to create custom dyed seam binding, too!

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time…



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10 thoughts on “Custom Dyed Seam Binding

  1. candycolwell

    Nice tutorial Kathy and a beautiful little book. Your work is always so clean and professional looking. You do a wonderful job of blending colors and patterns and make them WORK so well! <3 Candy

  2. Robin

    Your custom dyed seam binding looks fantastic on your mini-album! The colors you used to dye the ribbon go really well with the pretty papers. I’m glad you mentioned the use of the chocolate brown to ground the patterned papers. That’s a very helpful bit of advice! I love the way you tuck in hints and helps throughout your postings!

  3. carol

    Hi Kathy someone is going to be very lucky to receive this as a gift as it is so beautiful. The seam binding looks great to x

  4. Pattie Jns

    great idea, coloring you own seam binding, I haven’t tried that yet. but will. love your journals,
    I never know what to put in them. all my children are grown, and grandkids overseas, what would you put in them for a gift when children are grown? I have made small note books,an books for shopping list. Hummm, thanks for your tutorials.

    PS: for Jan, check Hobby Lobby for the albums,many sizes there..

  5. Jan Ross

    Wonderful mini and tutorial Kathy. Where do you purchase the spiral bound chip board albums? Do you have an online source preferably?

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Jan, as I mentioned in my post, I picked this one up at a local thrift store. There are usually quite a few to choose from there. I’ve also had good luck finding these at Staples or other office supply stores. Happy hunting!

  6. smithgfb

    Wow, oh Wow! This is absolutely wonderful! I have been dying seam binding for several years and love that it takes color so well. I use Distress Inks a lot for the color. Can also use markers as well so the ideas are endless! I love this album…you have to be the queen of mini’s. I am faithfully working on Spencer’s album for Alaska and it is going to be an awesome gift for him. Have a wonderful weekend!

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