How to make cross stitched home gifts

Who says you have to frame your cross stitch? We'll show you how to turn your hand-stitched designs into a gorgeous tea cosy, coaster and mug hug!

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Free teacosy template

Looking for new ways to show off your stitching? In this post we’ll show you 3 ways to turn your stitching into unique gifts. Stitch them to give as new home, Christmas or birthday gifts!

Download our Free teacosy template here.

To make these projects you’ll need to back your stitching with iron-on-interfacing. Stock up here

If you’d like to stitch the patterns in this project, you can find them in issue 215 of Cross Stitch Crazy magazine – download the digital version to your smartphone or tablet by visiting your app store and searching for ‘Cross Stitch Crazy‘!

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How to make a cross stitched tea cosy

Step 1

Print out the Free teacosy template, cut out, then use to cut out 2 pieces of patterned fabric, 2 pieces of lining fabric and 2 pieces of wadding, leaving a 1cm (½in) seam allowance around each piece.

Step 2

Back your stitching with iron-on interfacing following the manufacturer’s instructions, then fold in the fabric either  side and machine-stitch a hem 1cm (½in) along each vertical edge to create a neat finish. Place centrally right side up on the right side of a patterned fabric panel, then machine-stitch over your previous hem either side of the stitching to fix in place.

Step 3

With right sides facing, pin together your 2 patterned fabric panels, then pin a length of ribbon folded in half lengthways at the top in the centre. Place the looped end approximately 5cm (2in) in from the top – this will then stitck out from the top of your tea cosy. Machine-stitch the fabric and ribbon together along the template line, leaving the bottom open.

Step 4

With right sides facing, sandwich both pieces of lining fabric between the wadding pieces and machine-stitch together along the template line, leaving the bottom open.

Step 5

Trim any excess fabric from your outer (patterned) fabric cosy then turn through to the right side. Place inside your sewn wadding and lining, making sure it’s positioned between the two pieces of lining fabric.

Step 6

Pin the wadding to your cosy, then machine-stitch the lining and fabric layers together along the bottom edge, making sure to leave the bottom of the cosy open, and a 5cm (2in) gap for turning through. Trim off any excess backing fabric from the bottom, then turn through to the right side and neatly slipstitch the gap closed.

How to make a cross stitched mug hug

Step 7

Cut out a 10x26cm (4x10in) piece of patterned fabric. Back with iron-on interfacing following the manufacturer’s instructions, then fold over a 1cm (½in) seam and pin in place.

Step 8

Back your stitching with iron-on interfacing following the manufacturer’s instructions, then fold over the fabric along both long edges and machine-stitch a 1cm (½in) hem to create a neat finish. Repeat along both short edges, this time leaving a 2.5cm (1in) hem.

Step 9

Place your stitched piece centrally right side up on the right side of your patterned fabric, then machine-stitch over your previous hem either side of the stitching to fix in place.

Step 10

Tack a length of ribbon to either side of the reverse of your mug hug. Cut out a 8x24cm (3×9½in) piece of white felt, and machine-stitch to the reverse of your mug hug to hide any seams and add insulation, then tie around your mug using the ribbon lengths.

 

How to make a cross stitched coaster

Step 11

Cut out 2 pieces of patterned fabric measuring 11x11cm (4¼x4¼in), then back with iron-on interfacing following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 12

Cut out your stitched piece leaving a 3 square border, then fray a square border around the edge. Place centrally right side up on the right side of a piece of patterned fabric, then machine-stitch in place.

Step 13

Cut out a piece of wadding measuring 11x11cm (4¼x4¼in). Sandwich the wadding piece between the fabric pieces with right sides facing and machine-stitch together, leaving a 4cm (1½in) gap for turning through. Trim off any excess fabric and wadding, then turn through to the right side, using a knitting needle or similar to push out the corners. Neatly slipstitch the gap closed.

 

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