If you love cross stitch like we do, you don’t want to be limited to only making greetings cards or framed pictures. With just a sewing machine and a pinch of creativity you can take your embroidery to a whole new creative level, whipping up a range of projects for home and gifts. To inspire you, we’ve come up with 10 reasons why every cross stitcher needs a sewing machine!
Here are 10 superbly inspiring embroidery projects to demonstrate why cross stitchers should invest in a sewing machine and make the most of their hobby …
1 – To make cool cushions
We love these nautical cross stitched cushions! Stitch these Lobster and Crab designs then use a sewing machine to sew them into cushions. A simple envelope closure is all you need to turn a cross stitch design into a home décor statement!
2 – To dine in style
Simple but really effective, this modern cross stitched cutlery design makes great tableware and you could even create a full matching set with a tablecloth or table runner! Stitch your designs on a long length of fabric and then hem the edges on the sewing machine. What could be simpler?
3 – To brighten up the kitchen
Brighten up your kitchen with a colourful cross stitch table cloth. We adore this retro design from Pearl and Earl Loves for Cross Stitcher magazine. An Aida strip was stitched to some colourful fabric and then edged with pom pom trim – this immediately puts a smile on your face!
4 – To cook up a storm
How lovely is this Jesse Steele Cross Stitched Apron? Steal the style by whizzing up a quick retro apron on the machine in white evenweave linen and embroider to your heart’s content! (If you don’t have a sewing machine, try one of our apron kits instead.)
5 – To bring the outdoors in
6 – To make tea-time special
We spotted this delightful cross stitched tea cosy pattern over on Crafts Beautiful and think it would brighten up any breakfast table. Easy to sew, you can choose whatever print fabrics you like and select your cross stitch motif too – a cupcake design as shown, or perhaps a teapot? Or you could use an alphabet chart to create a monogrammed tea cosy for a gift.
7 – To keep your devices safe (and stylish!)
We were inspired by a DIY tutorial on the Fashion Blog for turning a piece of cross stitch or tapestry into a tablet cosy. Do you have any old unloved sampler knocking about? Perhaps an UFO (un-finished-object) that could be given new life? Or you could stitch something bespoke for this project or course. A few simple moves on the sewing machine and you’ve got a gadget case!
8 – To give yourself some arm candy
How cute is this apples and pears tote bag from a back issue of CrossStitcher magazine? Totes are so quick to sew on the sewing machine and you can really play with fabrics. You can make the bag in linen fabric and stitch directly onto it, or make a simple patchwork with cross stitch panels and your favourite prints. But if you don’t feel like machining, you can also check out our no-sew bag kits too.
9 – To keep the draught out
Keep your home warm and toasty with a fantastic cross stitched draft excluder. Simply sew your cross stitched squares together on a sewing machine before filling with stuffing. This Nautical draft excluder cross stitch kit includes the tapestry yarns and instructions – you just need a sewing machine to bring it to life!
10 – To put a smile on a child’s face
These cross stitch toys are utterly brilliant! Easy to make, these novel dolls would make the perfect birthday or Christmas present and could be as big or as small as you want. Just cross stitch the design onto some 8-count Aida and use a sewing machine and a bit of stuffing to bring them to life – it’s so easy you can even get the child to help.
Why not try your hand at some cross stitch projects with one of our sewing machines? Pop along to our website to see all of our wonderful cross stitch kits and charts or browse our sewing machine range here!