Arrange your material. “Hertarette” (Art 3707/1) Aida cloth is used for the cushion. This relatively coarse material results in large crosses, making this a project that can be successfully completed in good time. Nevertheless, set a few hours aside and queue up your favourite music or a good audiobook. The fabric is nice and firm, so an embroidery frame isn’t necessary to work with it. Print out the embroidery pattern and then you can get started.
0.5 m white “Hertarette” embroidery fabric (stitch: 3.25/cm, 8 ct., Art 3707/1)
2 strands No. 235 (grey) Anchor embroidery thread
2 strands No. 29 (red-pink) Anchor embroidery thread
0.5 m “Ombre Dots” patchwork fabric (Art 60/929)
0.5 m light cotton fabric
Embroidery frame and blunt embroidery needle
Sewing machine and sewing kit
The finished cushion will measure 40 x 40 cm. Mark this very precisely by counting out the stitches instead of simply relying on your ruler: 40 cm corresponds to 130 stitches with this fabric. Cut the fabric with a very generous seam allowance on the left side so that you can stretch it in the embroidery frame. You can remove the embroidery font, just as many stitches of the first letters on the edge are removed. Mark the top stitches of the letters with some yarn. You can also loosely staple the left front row. Do not sew or not knot these markers because they will gradually be removed.t.
The cross-stitch is embroidered in rows. First, embroider a half crossstitch for a full row, e.g. from bottom left to top right. When you get to the end of the row, embroider back along it from bottom right to top left.
When your thread approaches its end, pull it through the other stitches on the back. You can then form a loop, pull the thread through again and knot it. Cut the end short. Tip: Don’t cut the yarn any longer than the distance between your wrist and elbow. This length is ideal for handling and sewing when embroidering.
With the aid of the embroidery pattern, embroider all of the letters on the fabric. Pay attention to the spaces between the letters and the number of stitches per row. When everything is done, double check the back for loose and protruding threads. Cut the seam allowance back to about 1.5 cm so that the material now measures 43 x 43 cm.
For the inner cushion, you can use a ready-bought one or quickly sew one yourself. Cut a piece of fabric to 43 x 83cm – this will save you a seam. Lay the fabric with the right sides together and sew around it with a seam allowance of 1.5 cm. Leave an opening through which your hand will easily fit. Clean the edges with a zigzag stitch or an overlock machine.
The cushion is sealed with a simple envelope closure which consists of two sides of fabric. Cut two pieces of the fabric for the back. Both measure a width of 43 cm; piece 1 is about 35 cm long, and piece 2 is about 20 cm long. On both pieces, fold a wide side over twice and hem it. Place piece 1 from left to right over piece 2, making sure that they total 43 cm long. The excess fabric is the envelope closure. Fix the back with pins and use the sewing machine to staple them close to the edge within the seam allowance so that nothing shifts out of place.
Place the front and back on top of each other with the right sides together and sew around them with a seam allowance of 1.5 cm. You don’t need an opening because it can be turned through the envelope closure. To get nice corners, don’t sew at right angles; instead, sew very tight curves.
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