In my downtime in the evenings, I like to pull out some sort of hand work to relax and keeping productive while catching up on the latest episodes of the Real Housewives :)
I came across The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery and their insanely cute cross stitch patterns a few years ago. I order the Dessert of the Month pattern and gave it a whirl! I didn't manage to finish the sampler, but I loved the pattern so much, I knew I wanted to add it to my ever growing gallery wall that the boyfriend and I put up at his house.
First, up I stitched up November and December (I did this on a scrap of Aida cloth that I had laying around, just be sure to leave enough space so you can cut them apart!):
Then I gathered up these materials:
- SF 101 Woven Fusible Interfacing
- Scrap binding or bias binding
- Rotary cutter
- Plastic rings
- Single Sided Fusible Heavy Peltex (not pictured)
Next it was time to get to work…
Start by cutting and fusing your SF101 Woven Interfacing to the back of the cross stitch. This really helps to make it a solid piece and is easier to trim and the edges won't ravel as easily. I trimmed mine down to 1/2" on each side of the cross stitch.
Once you're all trimmed up:
Cut your heavy Peltex (make sure it's only single sided fusible) to the size of your cross stitch and fuse to the wrong side. You end up with a nice, flat, stiff canvas which makes it nice and sturdy for hanging on the wall.
Next you want to head to the sewing machine and attach the binding…we are going to attach it just like we are sewing a little mini quilt:
You can find a tutorial for Binding a Quilt on my Tutorial page. Once you have it sewn all the way around, it will look something like this:
Then you just need to fold over the binding and whip-stitch it down. On the top edge, attach the plastic ring by securing it with a few stitches.