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Cross stitch finishing this week.

Cross stitched pillow featuring black mini cats crossed stitched onto white aida fabric. Miss mini cat is wearing a pink top and a pretty straw hat and Mr Mini Cat is wearing a grey jumper, they are both wearing blue facemaskes to protect them from the virus.

My cross stitch finishing this week included the completion of my little pillow stitched from my free cross stitch pattern Stay Safe.

This cute little pillow reminds me to stay safe and hope you all do too!

The free pdf pattern is available to download from here in a previous post.

Here are the finishing tips for the pillow.

Cross stitch finishing tips for the pillow

A piece of lightweight interfacing was placed on the reverse side of the cross-stitched piece.

Blue fabric was added along the bottom and then I cut a piece long enough for the side.

The little surface crosses were stitched using the aida fabric as a guide to place my stitches.

A piece of matching blue fabric was cut out for the back of the pillow and at the same time I cut out a lightweight piece of white cotton to line the front piece.

A narrow hem was stitched on the sewing machine, I did not line the reverse.

Placing the cross-stitched piece right sides together I then stitched all around the edge leaving a small gap at the bottom to allow for filling with fibrefill.

The seams were trimmed to a scant half centimeter, cut across the corners close to the edge, being careful not to cut into the seams.

Turn the pillow right side out and then iron any creases out.

I filled the pillow with polyester fibrefill pushing into the corners with a pair of pointy scissors or a chopstick to ensure your corners are crisp and sharp.

Stitch the space at the bottom with slip stitches to close the pillow.

Now this next part may sound a bit strange but I then iron the pillow steaming it around the edge and moulding it into a nice neat finish.

I will show this in a photo next time I make one so that you understand what I mean! Lol……

Stoney Creek Snowmen completed

Completed cross stitch of two snowmen dressed in brightly coloured clothes  out in the snow.

I am so glad I managed to finish this, it was a joy to stitch. I am not sure if the pattern is now out of print but the patterns on Stoney Creek website are really cute, you can see them here

Christmas stitching on Brooke’s Books Calendar

A calendar of cross stitch patterns for Christmas, twenty five designs for advent with an animal in each cross stitch.

Most of the stitching completed so far was done quite a while ago but I decided to pick them up again to get them finished. These are Brooke’s Books free christmas calendar patterns, they are available here.

I have just finished stitching Odette Owl and have now started Ethan Elephant!

A calendar of cross stitch patterns for Christmas, twenty five designs for advent with an animal in each cross stitch.

Don’t you just love her bow in her hair!

Twenty five designs for advent with an animal in each cross stitch.

Hopefully I will finish Ethan this evening!

Until next time, Happy Stitching!

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  1. Anne Marie
    May 3, 2020 / 5:37 pm

    Oh, Lynn , all of these projects are wonderful! I so enjoy looking at your work. The little extra x’s on the Stay Home pillow are perfect – such a nice finishing touch. Are you still on lock down? We are and it is getting weary – so much is unknown about this virus. I find it all so worrisome and wish we would start seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

  2. Catherine Laurent
    May 4, 2020 / 12:19 am

    Lynn: What a fun post, the finish of the pillow is lovely.
    The Stoney Creek Snowpeople is adorable.
    All your stitching is lovely, so many fun things to see.
    Stay Healthy


  3. Susie
    May 4, 2020 / 1:40 am

    Such a lovely finish. I really like the crosses to over the two different fabrics. Did you make the cord yourself? I think this is where I would come unstuck.
    I adore the Brooke’s books characters too. Look forward to seeing how you finish these.

  4. May 4, 2020 / 3:23 pm

    So many cute projects! Love the snowmen <3

  5. june peart
    May 5, 2020 / 7:17 am

    Hello you have been so busy lovely work and thank you for the free chart .
    Your work is so beautiful , love the SC snowmen , and Christmas ornaments .
    Stay safe and enjoy your week hugs.

  6. Julie C
    May 5, 2020 / 10:37 am

    Hi Lynn,
    Lovely finishes, I think the mini cats look perfect in there masks and the surface cross stitch looks nice to.
    A good finish of the Snowmen project you have put lots of work into this one you have been busy.
    take care
    Julie.C x

  7. May 22, 2020 / 9:46 am

    I want to thank first for all the nice patterns you get for free, I think they are so nice, thought to start sewing on it this fall.
    And you sew so nicely, I also like what you sew on calendars, all small animals really cute.
    So I wish you a nice weekend

  8. May 22, 2020 / 8:09 pm

    Hi Lynn. Thanks so much for popping by to say hi! I am pleased to have found a familiar blog face! Love your stay home design. It’s fab. So many nice finishes. I’m hoping to blog again soon but this whole covid thing has really thrown me. I’ll pop over to your fb group. Xx