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How to Make a Scissor Fob

How to Make a Scissor Fob

Learn how to make a Cross Stitch Scissor Fob in this easy to follow video. 

(A scissor fob is a decoration that hangs on your scissors)

 

 

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Cheryl McKinnon
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How to Make an Easy Ribbon Bow

How to Make an Easy Ribbon Bow

 

Learn how to make and easy DIY ribbon bow in our video below. 

You will need just a few supplies: a roll of 5/8" craft ribbon, sharp scissors, a lighter (to stop the ribbon edges from fraying), and a hot glue gun. 

Have fun!

 

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How to Finish your Needlework in an Embroidery Hoop in 5 easy steps

How to Finish your Needlework in an Embroidery Hoop in 5 easy steps

We are excited to present our first Cross Stitch Tutorial on YouTube!

We are making simple and easy cross stitch tutorials for beginners and intermediate stitchers. Please subscribe to our new YouTube channel and stay tuned!
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How to Make a Cross Stitch Needle book

How to Make a Cross Stitch Needle book

This cross stitch tutorial will show you how to finish a simple and beautiful cross stitch needle book or needle case.

The finished dimensions of this needle case are 3″ x 4″ when using 14-count aida cloth, but you can adjust the sizing up or down by changing the thread count or using a different fabric (linen, or another evenweave, perhaps?).

Experiment and have fun with it!

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Material List:

Your finished designs (you can find the needle book used in the tutorial here)

14-count Aida Cloth (or Linen, if you prefer)

Embroidery Needle

Embroidery Floss

iron-on interfacing

steam iron

Felt 

Fabric Scissors or Pinking Shears

Stitching Instructions:

Step 1- Complete all cross stitching on your needle case. You should have 2 finished pieces of aida cloth: 1 outside piece, and 1 inside piece. They should be exactly the same size.

Step 2- Count 2 rows from the edges of your finished outside piece, and backstitch a border around the design. Stitch the same size backstitch border on the inside piece of your needle case. This creates your sewing edges for assembly.

Step 3- Trim the aida cloth around each piece, leaving approximately 1/2″ of fabric (on 14-count, this works out to 7 squares) from the backstitched sewing line on all sides.

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Step 4- Cut your interfacing to be exactly the same size as your backstitch lines. Using an iron, fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of your aida cloth on both pieces.

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Step 5- Trim off the corners.

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Step 6-  Fold back the edges along the sewing line on all pieces, pressing down with your fingers.

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Step- 7 Make a knot using 2 (two) strands of embroidery floss the same color as your backstitching line. Start sewing the outside and inside pieces together using a whip-stitch, as you would for a biscornu (not sure how to do this? Read the biscornu tutorial here). Do this by taking a stitch under one of the backstitched threads on the outside piece, then one on the inside piece, and so forth. Continue stitching until all 4 sides are stitched together. I take a few extra stitches at the corners, for stability. And it looks nice, too.

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Step 8- Cut a piece of felt to be slightly smaller than the needle case. I used regular scissors, but you can also use pinking shears to give the felt a nice edge. 

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Step 9- Stitch along the centre of the felt, through all layers of fabric. You may choose to use a sewing machine for this step, or sew it by hand using a small straight stitch or backstitch. (I used white felt, and hand-sewed using a backstitch with white thread, so the stitching line would be less visible.)

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Step 10- Make the thread ties: Cut 2 lengths of 6-strand embroidery thread 10″ long. Fold one length in half, so there is a loop on one side and 2 thread ends on the other. Thread the ends through a large needle. Run the needle through all layers on the front edge of your needle case. Pull the 2 ends through the loop and pull tightly so it fits snugly on the side of the needle case. Tie a knot in the ends of the thread to keep the two loose ends together. Repeat with other 10″ length, attaching it to the back of the needle book. Once attached, these 2 strings can be tied in a little bow to keep the needle book closed.

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Congratulations! You now have a beautiful keepsake needle book!

Cheryl McKinnon
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How to Make a Biscornu

How to Make a Biscornu

 

Step 1 

Complete all stitching on the front and back of the biscornu, both sides must be the same size (ie 59  by 59  stitches or 75 stitches by 75  stitches).

Step 2

Count 2-4 rows from all 4 edges of your finished piece, and backstitch a border around the design. Stitch the same backstitch border on the back piece of you biscornu. This creates your sewing edge for assembling the biscornu.

Step 3

Cut both pieces leaving approximately 1/2" of fabric from the backstitched sewing line on all sides. Fold back all the edges along the sewing line, and press down with your fingers.

Step 4

Mark the middle of one of the front sides with a pin. Join a corner of the back piece to the middle of the front piece.

Step 5

Make a knot using 2 (two) strands of embroidery floss the same color as your backstitching line. Start sewing the top and bottom of your biscornu together using a whip-stitch. Do this by taking a stitch under one of the backstitched threads on the front piece, then one on the back piece, and so forth, until you have sewn 6 of the 8 sides. You may wish to take a few extra stitches on the corners for stability (and it adds a decorative touch, too).

Step 6

Stop stitching when you have completed all but 2 sides, to leave a hole for stuffing.

Step 7

Stuff the biscornu with Fiberfil. 

Step 8

Finish stitching the final 2 sides, securing your thread with a hidden knot.

Step 9

Sew the 2 buttons, one in the center of the front and one on the back, passing the needle through the center of the biscornu to stitch both buttons on with the same length of thread.

Et Voila! You are finished! Enjoy your handiwork :)

 

Cheryl McKinnon
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