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How to Stretch your finished Cross Stitch on Canvas


Material List:

~ Finished Cross Stitch Designs

~ Pre-made artist canvases (x 4) 

~ Staple Gun



Make sure to cut your aida cloth at least 3-4″ larger than the design on each side.



I removed the canvas from the stretchers before beginning this proejct.

Centre the design on the front of the canvas, turn everything over to the wrong side, and use a staple gun to attach all the sides of the Aida cloth to the wooden stretchers, as you would stretch a canvas:

1. Put one staple in the middle of the top side, then another on the bottom side, pulling a little to make sure the cloth is tight, but not pulling your design out of shape.

2. Put another staple in the middle of the left side, then the right side, again making sure the cloth is snug but not pulling.

2. Then put staples on each side of the first staples, working towards the corners, tugging slightly as you go to make sure fabric stays nice and snug.

3. Lastly, fold the Aida cloth corners so they lie flat, and put a few staples in to hold them.

4. Use a hot glue gun to attach 5/8” craft ribbon along the edges of the frame.Start at the middle of the top edge, add a line of hot glue, press down the ribbon with your fingers. Add another line of hot glue to the side of your Aida, press down the ribbon along the edge. Add ribbon to bottom and side edges. Finish along top edge, overlapping two edges of ribbon.

5. Make a ribbon bow, if desired, with tutorial below. Add a bead of glue to top edge of frame and add bow. 

4. You’re done! Just use a nail to hang them on the wall.