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Free Cross Stitch Pattern and finishing instructions.

Cross stitch pattern saying Wash your Hands, stitched in dmc cotton threads using purple and lilac for the flowers and green for the leaves. The black fabric really makes the flowers stand out.

Just a quick free cross stitch pattern for you to stitch, I stitched mine in a couple of evenings. There is no pdf but just right click on the image below and then click “save as” to your computer and then print.

I live in France so I have added a French pattern for my French friends.

J’habite on France donc un modele aussi pour mes amis Francais.

Materials required

The finished cross-stitched piece can be lined or interfaced on the reverse, but that is optional.

Mountboard about 2mm thick

Fabric for covering backboard

Small piece of wadding or quilt batting about 2mm – 3mm thick

Fabric glue

Hand made cord or any in your stash, ribbon and a button.

Finishing instructions

The finishing is quite easy for this pattern

  1. Press the finished cross-stitched piece face down on a towel to prevent flattening your stitches.
  2. Cut a piece of card that is about 1cm larger than your cross stitch all around the edge. Cut a piece of wadding about 2mm thick to the same size as the card, glue the wadding onto the card with fabric glue.
  3. Place your cross stitch over the wadding, fold over the edges and glue at the back or if you are familiar with lacing you may prefer to do that.
  4. Cover another piece of card with a fabric of your choice. That card needs to be about one inch larger all around the border, fold over the fabric, and glue on the reverse side.
  5. Wait until dry and then mount the cross stitch onto the fabric-covered board by placing glue on the reverse of the stitched piece and glue down.
  6. Place a white sheet of paper over the cross stitch to protect it and then place a weight on top and leave for a couple of hours, I use my cooking weights from my kitchen!
  7. I used hand made cord to finish the edge by placing a small amount of glue all around the edge to secure in place.
  8. Finish off with a pretty bow glued with a pretty button.

You can see finishing instructions on my finishing blog where I show various finishing ideas and a hand made cord tutorial here

I hope that made sense, please contact me if you need any help.

Keep safe and well everyone.

Happy stitching!



  1. Donna
    March 30, 2020 / 11:43 am

    Thank you! And your blog update is pretty!

    • lynnb
      March 30, 2020 / 12:46 pm

      Thanks Donna, glad you like it!

  2. March 30, 2020 / 1:22 pm

    Hi, Lynn!!
    Love your blog’s new look – you’ve been busy! I hope you are feeling good and staying safe. I think of you often –

  3. March 30, 2020 / 2:25 pm

    Thank you for the lovely chart and instructions. :) Wishing you a day filed with much joy…and please be safe as well. ((hugs))

  4. Julie
    April 5, 2020 / 11:50 am

    Hi Lynn, Lovely pattern and I agree your website is looking good.
    I haven’t crossed stitched for some time now knitting and embroidery seem to be my thing at the moment, we certainly need something to take our minds off everything at this sad time.
    Take care. Best wishes Julie.C