Good morning Jillibean Soup fans! Today I am here to share one of my favorite techniques-creating your own quilted background look!
Although there are a few steps, it really is easy to achieve in just a few short steps with just a few supplies. So, grab some of your favorite Jillibean Soup patterned papers and let's get to work!
Choose several Jillibean Soup patterned papers and trim each into squares that measure 2x2" each. You will need approximately 72 square pieces. You will use both front AND back of the papers, so keep that in mind when choosing which papers you will use.
Step 2:Now, we will trim those squares to triangles. Using your paper trimmer or a ruler, make a mark at 1" line of each square.
Step 3:Now, tilt your paper on your trimmer, lining up the mark you made at the cutting notch on your trimmer and the bottom left corner also in the cutting notch. Like so:
Now, trim off that paper edge, to start making the triangle shape. If you have lined it up correctly, it will look like this when cut.
Step 5:Now, you will tilt your paper in the opposite direction and trim off the other side of the triangle.
This is what your square should look like now, all cut into pieces.
Instead of repeating of the steps over and over, I created a template on a scrap of paper and then used it to cut my squares into triangles. Simply layer your template piece on top of each square and trim off the excess amount with scissors. Like so:
Now, you should have alot of squares ready to go. I recommend you prep all your squares first - this is the most amount of work for the background. But, once you have that done, the rest comes together fairly quickly.
Fold down one corner of the triangle to the bottom flat edge of the triangle like so:
You will want to vary each pattern on the squares to maximize each pattern. You can fold some of triangles with one pattern showing, and then flip some over and do the opposite!
Step 10:Once they are all folded, it's time to arrange them onto your page. Start at one corner of a piece of the cardstock. I recommend something neutral as you have alot of pattern going on in the triangles. Begin adding the folded triangles side by side, aligning the edges. It should look something like this.
Continue all the way up your page, lining each triangle up as shown above. You will need to stagger them slightly so that they are offset, instead of stacking them on top of each other.
Once your background is filled, you can stitch each folded edge down with your sewing machine or use adhesive to tack each folded edge down. The stitching just adds a layer of detail and texture. But, if you don't sew, use a little tape runner and stick the piece down!
Here is the page all sewn up and ready for photos and embellishments:
Pretty cool right? You can also change up the size of the triangles, how the triangles line up, and how to make hexagon type shape too. Play around with the folded paper to get the design you desire! Here is my final project:
Patterned Paper: Soup Staples II/Black Salt, Gray Salt, Turquoise Salt; Happy Camper Stew/Scores of Smores; Cold Avocado Soup/Ripe Avocados, Half Clove Of Garlic; Chilled Cucumber Soup/Smashed Garlic; Grandma's Lima Bean Soup/Lean Ham; Fresh Vegetable Soup/Stalks of Celery; Irish Farm House Soup/Stewed Beef; Christmas Cheer Chowder/Mixed Merry
Stampables: Doilies, Chalkboard Flags
Placemats: White Lattice, Red Merry Frames
Coordinating Shape Stickers: Irish Farm House Soup
Coordinating Label Stickers: Irish Farm House Soup, Cold Avocado Soup