Make this beautiful cross stitched cutlery holder – perfect for a special celebration – using this free chart.
Stitch count: 67h x 38w
Design size: 12.2 x 7cm (4¾ x 2¾in)
You will need
- 56 x 18cm (22 x 7in) light blue 28-count linen
- Tapestry needle size 24–26
- DMC stranded cotton (floss) as listed in the chart key
- 51 x 12.7cm (20 x 5in) lining fabric
- 51 x 12.7cm (20 x 5in) thin wadding (batting)
- Decorative button
- Large popper fastener
- Matching sewing thread
1. Stitch the design below over two threads of the linen fabric in the position shown in the diagram, using two strands of stranded cotton for cross stitch and one strand for backstitch.
2. Make up the cutlery case as follows. Trim the embroidered fabric to 51 x 12.7cm (20 x 5in). Place the embroidered piece and the lining piece right sides together with the piece of wadding on top and pin. Using a small glass, draw pencil curves at the bottom corners (see diagram). Using 6mm (¼in) seams (or slightly wider if your linen frays very easily) sew all around the edges of the fabric sandwich, leaving the top open.
3. Trim the curved seams and turn the case through to the right side, making sure that the curves are well turned out (use a wooden spoon to reach them). Press the seams. Using matching thread, stitch one half of the popper fastener about 2.5cm (1in) down from the gap. Turn the edges of the gap under and slipstitch together with matching sewing thread. Sew on the top half of the popper from the lining side of the flap, sewing a decorative button on the other side of the flap at the same time.
4. Fold the bottom part of the case up by about 20cm (8in) as indicated by the fold line on the diagram and slipstitch the side edges together neatly with matching thread.
5. Decorate the case by adding blanket stitch all around using three strands of an off-white stranded cotton. Start at the bottom left, work up one side, around the top curve and then down the other side. Add a row of blanket stitch along the opening of the case to finish.
These charts were excerpted from the book Cross Stitch Countryside Collection.