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Christmas stitcheries tutorial

Hi everyone, this is a stitched gift I made for a friend, don’t you just love the little elf sleeping on Santa’s sack? I wrapped it in a cellophane bag and trimmed it with red ribbon and then attached a pretty gift card. (not shown). I attached swarovski crystals and a little hand made with love tag.
Of course it is another free stitchery pattern, courtesy of Joypatch here.
If you would like to know how to make this ornament check out this pinkeep tutorial on my blog where you will find details of how to make one.
I have some more photos below and a christmas stitcheries tutorial to show how to prepare your fabric for stitching these cute designs.
Here is the reverse side, I usually like to stitch the name on the back but I did not have time, but I think the fabric is lovely.
Next is the tutorial to show you how to prepare and stitch these designs. 
You will need:
Fabric, I used calico but any 100% cotton fabric will do.
Red DMC stranded cotton number 304
Lightweight interfacing
Fine pencil or permanent fine fabric marker. 
I used this pencil but I have now bought a fine permanent fabric marker.  
Print off your design
Place your fabric over your design and add three inches around all sides
Cut to size.
Trace your design  – see photo below
Once the design is traced you then need to Iron the lightweight interfacing or Pellon ( American name ) to the reverse side of the fabric.
In each DMC stranded cotton thread there are six strands, you need to take two strands measuring no longer than 18 inches (this will prevent it from getting tangled) and thread your needle.
Start stitching small backstitches as shown in the photo, covering your narrow lines as you go. 
Make sure you stitch into the previous hole where your last stitch ended, if you don’t there will be a small gap and it will make your finished stitching look untidy.
Make your stitches smaller when stitching around small tight curves as this will give the curve definition.  
This is the completed design with the little elf sleeping, I used this part of the design for the ornament above.
Press your finished stitchery by placing face down onto a thick towel, this prevents your stitches from becoming flattened.
You are now ready to frame it or make it into a pillow or wall hanging. 
Until next time – Happy Stitching!
Best Wishes and Happy Stitching.
Lynn B


  1. November 2, 2012 / 9:31 am

    Thank you so much for the tutorial!!!
    You're great ,I love your works. I hope mabye one day I will be able to acctually make one of those stichery's.(sorry for my english!!)
    Thanks ,thanks,thanks.
    Bye Dalisa.

  2. November 2, 2012 / 9:31 am

    So lovely Santa and his gnom.
    Have a nice Day.

  3. November 2, 2012 / 9:31 am

    Oh that's how to stitch:) Beautifully done. Love it.
    love Annette

  4. November 2, 2012 / 9:31 am

    Fabulous! I just love your stitching…and that's exactly how I transfer patterns…I trace them using a fine pencil.

    Laurie Anne xx

  5. November 2, 2012 / 9:31 am

    Ha quedado precioso. Muy apropiado para las fechas que ahora se aproximan.

  6. November 2, 2012 / 9:31 am

    Ah, that is how you get the pattern on the material! I was just wondering this the other day. Thank you xxx A lovely finish, and thanks for the link to the pattern xx

  7. November 2, 2012 / 9:31 am

    Thank you very much for passing on oh so cute patterns. Love your little elf and especially how you finished it. 🙂

  8. November 2, 2012 / 9:31 am

    Thanks for the tutorial!! I can't wait to try it!


  9. November 4, 2012 / 9:35 am

    Wow I LOVE those, thanks for the tutorial too I had been pondering how the hell I was going to transfer my images….thanks for the calico tip I will give that a try…

  10. Anonymous
    November 4, 2012 / 9:35 am

    That is super cute!

  11. November 4, 2012 / 9:35 am

    From one redwork fan to another that elf is just fab.

  12. November 4, 2012 / 9:35 am

    Excelente explicación, muchas gracias por compartir tus conocimientos.
    Saludos desde Chile,

  13. November 4, 2012 / 9:35 am

    Absolutly wonderful!!! Love it!

  14. November 4, 2012 / 9:35 am

    That is adorable

  15. November 8, 2012 / 10:00 am

    Very very cute.. just love redwork 🙂

  16. November 11, 2012 / 8:57 pm

    Good Morning From Maine!

    I just found your blog…and I LOVE it! I can't wait to have some extra time with a cup of tea to read through some of your previous posts. Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial…the little elf is absolutely adorable!

    Sweet blessings,

  17. November 14, 2012 / 10:47 am

    Thank you so much, this tutorial is most useful to me 🙂