How To Perforate Paper


1. Lay your punched paper on a flat surface. Feel the paper first for the rough and smooth sides. The smooth side should face up and the rough side the reverse. You will start working your stitches from the rough side once you finish prepping the perforated paper.

2. Draw a frame using the marker pen within which you will work to make sure your pattern sits in proportionately; the frame could become part of the design or be removed after the project is complete.

3. Draw the design, fonts or both that will make up the design. You can make your design on a computer using any computer graphics program and even give it dimensions so that you have a clear picture of what your end product should look like. Of course, there it will not highlight the stitching but can include shape, dimensions, and color.

4. Draw any other boundaries that may be involved in your project and label each. For example, areas with different colors or fonts to be made. Make sure you let the punched paper sit for a while after that to let the marker ink dry completely.

Any degree of moisture weakens the perforated paper and may lead to it cutting along the marked areas if not dry. You may even draw a grid to help you make precise measurements of the different dimensions within your design.

5. Thread the needle and start making your pattern by making your first cross stitch and working your way to fill your design. The size of the cross stitch should be proportionate to the size of your design; smaller stitches highlight the features of your pattern better than bigger ones.

6. Once done with your pattern, you may cut off unused parts of the perforating paper to remain with the shape that you designed. However, some designs cover the whole workspace and there’s nothing wrong with that.

The cross stitch is the most common stitch used to make designs on perforated paper but other stitches have been used since the art was initiated. Other stitches that are used on a punched paper include chain, basket, double chain, leaf and herringbone among many others.

There are thousands of patterns that you can come up with. It is only limited to your creativity. If you are not the creative type, you can get a book with perforated paper patterns or find thousands of designs on the internet.

The punched paper can be cut in all shapes and sizes and can even be used to make three-dimensional designs by making individual pieces which you will put together to form your multi-dimensional item.

You may choose to cover the back of your perforated paper using an assortment of materials which you can either stitch or bind together using adhesive tape. Such materials include cardboard, canvas, plywood, fabric, and leather among others.

The perforated paper can be used to make all sorts of accessories and decorative items; it has been since the early 19th Century when the first perforated paper came into use and immediately put to use. These include items such as bookmarks, fans, wall hangings, and table mats among others.

It is easy to learn, affordable and a fun pastime. The materials and tools are also easily available. So, get your perforated paper today and join in on the fun.

Here is a video of a Rotary Perforating Machine RPM 350 Plus: