Nature-Scene Paper Piecings

Download free paper-piecing patterns for a collection of trees, birds, deer, and more! Then get more ideas for adapting these designs from three never-before-seen scrapbook pages.

Piece a Tree Background

Design by Cindy Tobey

Five tree trunks and one 12"-wide "cloud" of leaves provide the backdrop for this woodsy scrapbook page. Cindy die-cut felt circles and cross-stitched them to the design for texture. She accented the page with pieced woodland critters.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey (green), KI Memories (blue stripe, blue dot), My Mind's Eye (cream/blue dot), Scenic Route Paper Co. (green circles, brown dot), We R Memory Keepers (brown, tan). Font: Cooper Black off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts (blue), BasicGrey (brown). Brads: Queen & Co. Ribbon: SEI (red), Mrs. Grossman's (yellow). Floss: DMC.

Create a Housewarming Card

Design by Cindy Tobey

To create a quirky housewarming card, Cindy pieced a cute cottage from bold patterned paper and cardstock. A doorknob made from a brad and a button stitched to the center of the sun lend unexpected finishing touches.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Hambly Screen Prints (wood grain), KI Memories (blue), Scenic Route Paper Co. (brown dot), We R Memory Keepers (stripe, red). Paper trim: Doodlebug Design. Stickers: American Crafts. Ink: Clearsnap. Brad: Queen & Co. Button: Autumn Leaves. Floss: DMC.

Combine Paper Piecings

Design by Cindy Tobey

The bird and deer piecings could stand alone on a card or scrapbook page, but Cindy adhered the two together for a customized look.

Mix Designs and Textures

Design by Cindy Tobey

Cut shapes from a variety of patterns and colors to highlight each layer of a paper piecing. Consider other materials besides paper and cardstock -- Cindy hand-cut and stitched a felt circle for the tree leaves.

Darken Pattern Lines

Design by Cindy Tobey

To trace a design on dark cardstock, print the pattern on vellum, darken the lines with a black marker, and trace the design onto the cardstock using a window as a light box.

Alter Pattern Sizes

Design by Vicki Boutin

For this nature-walk scrapbook page Vicki created a horizon with paper-pieced hills. To create perspective, she enlarged both deer patterns and placed them in the foreground. She then decreased the tree and owl patterns to make them appear as if they're in the distance.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (blue, green plaid, brown dot), Sandylion Sticker Designs (green floral, cream lined), Making Memories (cream dot, stripe), October Afternoon (green diamond), Fancy Pant Designs (dark brown), Tinkering Ink (blue botanical). Rub-ons: Scenic Route Paper Co. Stamp: Sassafras Lass. Ink: Ranger Industries. Pen: Sakura of America.

Add Interactve Elements

Design by Jennifer Perks

Jennifer customized the house piecing -- down to the brass brad doorknob -- to match the real-life details of her first home. She hinged the door by not cutting all the way around the opening and created a tab system behind the base for journaling and extra photos.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Making Memories (gray), Stampin' Up! (slate blue, blue door, cream). Patterned Paper: Chatterbox (light green), My Mind's Eye (gray dot, gray), Pebbles Inc. (blue dot), Scenic Route Paper Co. (red, dark green), BasicGrey (brown). Font: Century Gothic (tabs), Adobe Garamond Pro (journaling). Die cuts: Cricut by Provo Craft. Stickers: Sandylion Sticker Designs. Chipboard accents, magnetic snap: BasicGrey. Paper flowers: Doodlebug Design. Tag, paint: Making Memories. Brads: Making Memories (blue, gold), Queen & Co. (cream).Thread: Coats and Clark. Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0, Apple Pages.

Simplify Piecings

Design by Robyn Werlich

To play up the idea of her baby's family roots, Robyn pared down the patterns. She left out the owl portion of the original pattern to keep the focus on the tree and tied twine around the trunk for a finishing touch.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Bo-Bunny Press (yellow dot), Hambly Screen Prints (wood grain), Old Book Paper (text). Font: Honey Script off the Internet (script), Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves (journaling). Rub-ons: Cosmo Cricket. Gems: Hero Arts. Embossing folder: Provo Craft.

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