Need an extra spot of storage for your craft corner? Try making up our pretty and practical hoop tidy! It features Susan Bates' sweet sewing machine motif which you can stitch from the chart below. We stitched ours on a background of white aida and sewed it onto some patterned fabric to create a pocket. Then we framed that in a hoop, strung it up with some lace ribbon and voilà, our hoop tidy was ready!


Designed by Susan Bates, this chart was originally printed in Cross Stitch Crazy issue 199 as part of the Crafty Gift Ideas. Stitch it on 14-count aida and then follow the how-to guide for mounting your stitching in a hoop below!

How to mount your stitching in a hoop

Follow our step-by-step guide to mount your finished stitching in a hoop.

How to mount stitching in a hoop step 3

To stitch this sweet sewing machine design, you’ll need:

  • Threads – Stranded cotton as listed in the key (on the PDF)
  • Needle – Size 24 tapestry needle
  • Medium-weight iron-on interfacing - Sew Essential sells this at
  • A hoop to frame
  • Complementary fabric
  • White felt to back the hoop

Download the free cross stitch sewing machine pattern here:

Susan Bates sewing machine chart (PDF)

Or work straight from the chart and key below:


susan bates cross stitch
Susan BatesCross Stitch Designer

Susan Bates creates cross stitch and needlepoint designs for UK craft magazines including The World of Cross Stitching, Cross Stitch Crazy and Cross Stitcher. Her work is also featured in Turkish publication Kanavice and she has 7 cross stitch books published in Turkey by Tuva Publishing. Susan has created stamp and embossing folder designs for cover gifts with Papercraft Inspirations magazine. You can also purchase her charts as PDFs from her Etsy store CrossStitchSuzie. She is based in Brighton.

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