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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

"Sequin Waste," or "Punchanella"

I joined a Yahoo ATC group a couple of months ago. There were a few posts mentioning 'sequin waste, and I had no idea what that was. Finally, I found out what it was - and also, that some people were having difficulties locating it.

What is it? It's a wide strip of plastic ribbon with holes punched all over it - it really IS the 'waste' that is left over when sequins are made! Some call it 'sequin waste,' and others call it 'punchanella.' I found a few online suppliers and have ordered some at this website:


This online store has a lot of very unusual merchandise that is perfect for ATC's. I have ordered some punchanella, and will let you know when I receive it.

Meanwhile, I went looking for things to do with it once I purchased it. I got more good info when I did a Google image search for ‘sequin waste.’ Here are a few more places where it can be purchased online:


Although the item is currently sold out at Artfire, you can get a good look at it on this site.

These two stores have some really unusual punchanella:



Here are two websites based in the United Kingdom:



This website has several downloadable pdf's with some really cute things made with punchanella. The punchanella design is downloadable from Issue 31. It's worth your time to click on the other issues as they contain dozens of free downloadable craft designs.


This website has some amazing things made with sequin waste and utilizing stitching.


This beautiful website has an atc card which includes sequin waste. It also has a lot of completely gorgeous atc’s – including a short description of how they were made. There is a LOT of inspiration here!


You can use sequin waste as a mask or stencil to stamp on your ATC, with stamp pad ink or with paint. Or you can utilize cut pieces to make an ATC. You can weave fibers or ribbon through the holes. You can use it with a brayer to press designs into polymer clay. Use it as a component to a collage.

Actually, it is not really waste, is it? Because not only are the sequins being used, but the ‘waste’ ribbon is highly prized to use as well – nothing is discarded! Maybe it should be called “Sequin Recycle.”

If you have made cards using punchanella, please leave links in the ‘comments’ section so we can all enjoy them


  1. aww thank you Jeannie, that got you fired up...

    love a woman on a mission... havent heard form my supplier yet, will let you know and cant wait to see what you do with yours...jenxo

  2. I am using punchinella a lot, so if you'd like to see a few of the result; here is the link of my blog: http://elliecreahoekje.blogspot.com/

  3. I hv been using tons..on my mixed media art. see here http://alifeunrehearsed2.blogspot.com come and visit!

  4. I have used punchanella to make an ATC where I melted blue crayon through the punchanella using a quilting iron. The result resembled stones in the bed of a stream, so I added some melted olive crayon using larger punchanella holes and a tool to spread it around a little. With a couple of stamps I created a nature scene. My friend Barbara introduced me to both the punchanella and the fun of using melted crayons to create interesting ATCs. How can I send you a picture of the ATC? Lynn

  5. Thanks for the link to my ArtFire shop - the listing is expired, but we always have plenty of punchinella. Here is the current link for all we offer: http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&sc_id=79209&seller_id=26241&op=new

  6. I sell sequin waste or Punchinella in my Etsy shop should you ever need any more
    I even have some that is heart shaped!