Was It Worth It?

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Stitch this quote as a gentle reminder to enjoy today and not stress out about tomorrow.

Materials

  • JAR Designs Spring Leaf 28-count Jobelan, 17”x12” (available at X’s & Oh’s Designs)
  • DMC Six-strand Embroidery Floss
  • Green fabric, 1/2 yd.
  • Batting
  • Green ribbon, 5/8” wide, 24” length
  • Dowel

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Sewing machine and matching thread

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 3 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate Finished Size: 10-5/8″x5-3/4″; Stitch Count: 150 w x 82 h

Wall Hanging

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.) Stitch design centered on fabric over two threads. Trim stitched fabric 1-1/2” from stitching.

2. Cut two strips of green fabric 8-3/4”x2-1/2”. Sew one strip to each side of stitched fabric using 1/4” seam allowance. Cut two strips 17-1/4”x2-1/2”. Sew one strip to top and bottom of stitched fabric. Press seams toward green fabric.

3. Cut batting 17”x12-1/4”. Cut green backing fabric same dimensions as sewn top. Cut four 6” lengths of green ribbon and fold in half. Layer batting on back of top (cross-stitched) fabric. Pin ribbon to right-side of top fabric with fold toward center and backing fabric with right-side facing top fabric. Sew around all edges, leaving a 3” opening at bottom. Clip corners and turn right-side out; press. Hang from dowel.

Tip

  • This design would be very easy to convert to any favorite over-dyed fabric and easy to select a complementary color that stands out well against fabric. Remember to make backstitching 2 shades darker than letters.

by Jo Gatenby for X’s & Oh’s Designs (www.xs-and-ohs.com)

Cross-stitch Kitty Napkin

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

A kitty in a teacup? What a charming idea! Cross-stitch this simple and quick design onto a napkin to add a little something special to your next tea with friends.

Materials

  • Ivory 14-count Aida cloth napkin
  • DMC Six-Strand Embroidery floss

Tools

  • Tapestry needle, #24

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands
  • French Knot: 1 strand (wrapped two times)

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

  • Approximate finished size is 2”x2”; Stitch Count 29 w x 28 h

Napkin

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Count up 10 stitches diagonally from one corner of napkin. Use two strands of floss to stitch design on chart.

3. Backstitch stems on cup with one strand 3345. Work all other backstitch and French knots with one strand 310.

by Lois Winston

Water Front Celebration

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Fireworks bursting over sailboats in a bay create a spectacular water front display to celebrate America’s birthday! Inserted into a bulletin board, this patriotic cross-stitch design can be beautifully displayed all year long as part of your family’s message center.

Materials

  • Denim blue 14-count Aida, 17” x 12”
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss
  • Kreinik #4 Braid
  • Bulletin board, 18” x 24”
  • Cardboard
  • Narrow wooden lattice strips, four

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Handsaw
  • Hammer and small brad nails

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 2 strands floss or 1 strand #4 braid
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate Finished Design Size: 11-3⁄8”x6-3⁄8”; Stitch Count: 160 w x 90 h

Water Front Celebration

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Cross-stitch design centered on fabric. Backstitch using two strands floss or one strand #4 braid as indicated.

3. Cut cardboard to fit into top portion of bulletin board. Center finished design over cardboard; turn over. Using needle and thread, zig-zag stitch edges together at back to secure. Place design in top portion of bulletin board.

4. To frame, measure and cut lattice strips to fit around design. (Note: If desired, apply wood finish to lattice strips prior to framing.) Align strips so they are flush with sides of bulletin board and nail into place with small brad nails, making sure design is securely held in place.

by Mike Vickery

Cross-stitched Frog Sign

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Stitch this whimsical frog as an attractive addition to your flower bed or garden.

Materials

  • Darice 14-count brown plastic canvas, 1/2 sheet
  • Brown paper
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss
  • Copper wire, 18-gauge, 36” length
  • Assorted beads, six

Tools

  • Tapestry needle, #26
  • Therm O Web PeelnStick Double-Sided Adhesive, 3-3/4”x5”

Stitch Types

  • Backstitch: 2 strands
  • Cross-stitch: 3 strands
  • French Knot: 2 or 3 strands (wrapped two times)

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, wire cutter

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Sign size: 4”x8-1⁄2”; stitch count: 50 w x 62 h

Sign

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.) Use three strands floss to cross-stitch design centered on canvas. For French knots, use three strands DMC White for frog’s eyes, and two strands DMC 307 Lemon for fly’s eyes.

2. For backstitch, use two strands for the following: DMC 310 Black for dashed lines, fly’s body and antennae, frog’s mouth and tongue; DMC 318 Steel Gray, Lt. for flower; DMC 414 Steel Gray, Dk. for bow tie, fly’s wings; DMC 890 Pistachio Green, Ultra Dk. for frog, flower stem, and leaf.

3. Cut design to two squares beyond stitching on right/left sides, six squares beyond stitching on bottom, and five squares beyond stitching on top. For indents, cut out four squares from top and bottom edges, three squares in.

4. Remove backing from adhesive sheet; apply to back of design. Press brown paper onto adhesive; trim paper and smooth edges.

5. Cut wire length in half. Wrap one length around bottom indents; twist ends together and curl into spirals. Add beads to spirals. Wrap remaining wire length around top indents; twist ends together at center for hanger. Add beads and cut ends.

by Kathy Wirth

Cross-Stitch Flag Pin

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Stiffening stitching cloth is a great way to turn a simple design into a sturdy wearable. Don’t be without a handmade sign of your American pride this Memorial Day!

Materials

  • White 14-count Aida cloth, 4”x5”
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss
  • Bar pin, 1” long

Tools

  • Iron, pressing cloth, and pressing surface
  • Beacon Adhesives Sparkling Stiffen Stuff Spray Fabric Stiffener
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Stitch Type

  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate size is 2-5/8″x1-5/8″; Stitch Count: 38W x 24 H

Pin

1. To find center, fold cloth in half and in half again opposite way. Mark center with contrasting thread. Print chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.) Use two strands of floss to cross-stitch design. Press from back through pressing cloth.

2. Trim fabric to 1⁄2” from stitched area. Spray front and back with stiffener; let dry. Trim fabric to 1⁄8” from stitched area.

3. Adhere pin to back.

by Ursula Michael

Miniature Flower Quilt Sampler Box & Brooch

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Cross-stich this beautiful flower quilt sampler box or a quick-and-easy brooch as a unique gift for Mom or Grandma this Mother’s Day.

Materials

  • Zweigart 32-count White Lugana (box)
  • DMC 18-count White Aida (brooch)
  • Wooden box of choice, 6”x6”
  • Dritz Flat Button Form, 1-1/8”, Size 45
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss
  • White lace, 1/2” wide
  • Pin back

Tools

  • Needle
  • Craft glue

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands
  • French Knot: 1 strand (wrapped two times)

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: box, 4”x4”; brooch, 1”x1”. Stitch Count: box, 63 w x 63 h; brooch, 15 w x 15 h

Box

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Stitch design centered on fabric over two threads.

3. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to place project in box opening.

Brooch

1. Using only heart design from chart, stitch design on 18-count Aida.

2. Following manufacturer’s instructions for button form, cut fabric to size and form.

3. Sew gathering stitch along long edge of lace. Adhere gathered edge of lace to back edges of finished button

4. Adhere pin back to button form.

Tip

  • Sudberry House (www.sudberry.com) offers a complete line of products to display your cross-stitch creations. Instead of a box, try this design on a small tray, a trivet, or even a stylish key rack.

by Gail Bussi

Floral Welcome Sampler

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Are you a cross-stitcher who also loves to garden? We have the perfect project for you! Make this sampler and get ready for the planting season to come.

Materials

  • White 14-count Aida cloth
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss
  • Panoramic frame

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands
  • French Knot: 2 strands (wrapped two times)
  • Quarter Stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, iron and pressing surface, pressing cloth

Directions

Size / stitch Count

Approximate finished design size: 2-9/16”x10-3/4”; stitch count: 150 w x 35 h

Welcome Sampler

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. To find center, fold fabric in half and in half again; mark with contrasting thread.

3. Use two strands of floss to cross-stitch and one strand to backstitch designs as shown on chart. Stitch quarter stitches where blue and gray meet near end of watering can spout. Use two strands for French knot (bird’s eye).

4. Press design from wrong side through pressing cloth as needed. Frame as desired.

Other Options

  • Stitch design on towel.
  • Use waste canvas to stitch design on tote bag or café curtain.
  • Use a single motif on a fingertip towel.

by Alice Okon

Cross-Stitch Cookbook Bookmark

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

If you ever have problems marking your page in your cookbook, these adorable bookmarks are the solution. They also make wonderful gifts for a housewarming or bridal shower.

Materials

  • White 16-count Aida-cloth bookmarks, 2”x6-7/8”, two
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss

Tools

  • Tapestry needle, #26

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors, iron, pressing cloth or bath towel

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate finished size of design: 1-7/16”x5-1/4”; Stitch count: 23 w x 85 h

Bookmarks

(Note: Both bookmarks are made in the same way.)

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Cross-stitch design centered on fabric using two strands of floss. To find center, fold bookmark in half, then in half again the opposite way. Mark center with contrasting thread.

3. Backstitch with one strand of floss. Backstitch letters with DMC 310 Black and stems with DMC 500 Very Dark Blue Green.

4. Press finished design from wrong side through a pressing cloth or towel. (Note: Pressing without a towel will flatten stitches and dull colors.)

by Pamela Kellogg

Mini Easter Egg

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Stitch this ornament on perforated paper or fabric, and then finish as a plant poke, a padded ornament, or place in grass on your Easter table. It will make a wonderful addition to your Easter decorations or a cherished gift.

Materials

  • White 14-count Aida, 10” x 11”
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss
  • Mill Hill Seed Beads: Heather Mauve, Citron

Tools

  • needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands
  • French Knot: 2 strands (wrapped two times)

Directions

Size/Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 3-5/8”x5”; stitch count: 51 w x 70 h

Mini Easter Egg

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Stitch design centered on fabric. (Note: Red line indicates egg shape; do not stitch.)

3. Stitch beads where indicated on chart.

4. Finish flat or create as stuffed ornament.

by Joan Elliott

Happy Spring Every Bunny!

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Stitch this smiling bunny greeting to welcome your guests with a wish for a Happy Spring!

Materials

  • 32-count Antique White Jobelan
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss
  • Decorative fabric of choice
  • Foam board
  • Craft batting
  • Cream cording

Tools

  • Needle and dental floss
  • Beacon Adhesive Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

Size/Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 2-5/8” x 7-1/4”; Stitch count: 42 w x 114 h

Happy Spring

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Stitch design centered on fabric over two threads. Trim stitched project to
6-5/8”x11-1/4”.

3. Backstitch with 1 strand DMC 869 Hazelnut Brown, Vy. Dk all bunny and chick details, butterflies, balloon, and flower stamens. Backstitich flower stem using 1 strand DMC 3815 Celadon Green, DK. Stitch French Knots with 1 strand (wrapped two times) DMC 869 Hazelnut Brown, Vy. Dk for bunny eyes, chick eyes, and flower stamen tips.

4. Cut batting to measure 4-5/8”x9-1/4” and foam board to 4-5/8”x9-1/4”. Adhere batting to foam board. Center stitched project over batting; turn over.

5. Use needle and dental floss to zig-zag stitch opposite edges together at back of foam board to secure.

6. Cut 29” length from cording; adhere to edge of stitched project. Cut 4-5/8”x8-1/4” rectangle from decorative fabric; adhere to back of foam core.

Tip

  • To create a door hanger, adhere ends of 8” cording length to top back corners of project.

by Gail Bussi