How to finish a Cross Stitch Bell Pull

This cross stitch tutorial will show you how to make a simple and beautiful cross stitch bell pull (no sewing machine required!)

Want to make a matching seasonal set? Find the Autumn Bell PullWinter Bell Pull & Summer Bell Pull here. 

Material List:

Your finished stitched design 

Embroidery Needle

Embroidery Floss (choose a color to match design)

Fabric Scissors 

Quilting Cotton to match your design (for the backing)

Light or medium-weight interfacing/fusible

Steam Iron

12-gauge jewelry wire &

Needle-nose Pliers 

Ribbon (optional, for finishing)

 

Ok, let's get started! 

Step 1 - Complete all cross stitching and backstitching on your Bell Pull design

Step 2 - Cut interfacing the same size as design, and iron it onto the back of your finished stitching.

Step 3 - Trim fabric around your finished stitching to 1/2” away from design on each side, these are your seam allowances.

Step 4 - Fold back seam allowance on left, bottom, and right sides, and press lightly with your fingers. I mitred the bottom corners for a cleaner look - do this by folding in the corner, then each side. 

Step 5 - On the top edge of your design, press back a 1/4“ seam allowance, and fold again to form a rod pocket.

Step 6 - Cut a piece of quilting cotton the same size of bell pull + seam allowance. Press back 1/2” seam allowance on left, bottom, and right sides.

Step 7 - Place quilting cotton against wrong side of stitched bell pull, and pin along edges. 

Step 8 - Whip stitch cotton fabric to back of stitched fabric, careful not to show your stitches on front of bell pull. Start stitching at the top left edge, and work around the bottom and right edges. 

Step 9 - When you get to the top edge, tuck the cotton fabric under the rod pocket and whip stitch edge of stitched fabric.  

 

Step 9 - Use a purchased hook to hang it, or try making your own mini coat- hanger like I did, using 12-gauge jewelry wire and some pliers.

To Make the mini coat hanger:

Step 1 - Place a 20” length of wire through rod pocket, bend it up at each end with the pliers.

Step 2 - Wrap one end around other 4 times, and form a hook shape at the top.

Step 3 - Trim excess wire with pliers.

Step 4 - Finish the coat hanger with some pretty ribbon tied into a bow.

 

You're done! Congratulations! 

 

 

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