For some really quick projects that would make lovely gifts for friends and family try stitching small motifs to make little jar covers, and fill them either with jams or preserves or collections of useful sewing knick-knacks. The cross stitch is worked on to printed cotton using waste canvas.
13 high x 13 wide
2.5 x 2.5cm (1 x 1in)
You will need
• Small piece of 14-count waste canvas
• Small piece of printed cotton in red
• DMC stranded cotton (floss) in: 317, 993, 3712, Blanc
• Tapestry needle size 24–26
• Fabric-covered elastic band to fasten the cover
1 Use pinking shears to cut an 18cm (7in) circle of printed cotton fabric. Find the centre of the circle and tack (baste) on a small piece of waste canvas larger than the cross stitch area.
2 Starting from the centre of the waste canvas and the centre of the charted motif, work the cross stitch over one block of the canvas using two strands of stranded cotton for cross stitches and one for backstitches.
3 When all stitching is complete, remove the tacking (basting) stitches and damp the waste canvas to soften the glue on its threads. Carefully withdraw the threads from behind the stitching using tweezers if necessary.
4 When all the waste canvas has been removed, press the jar cover and place it on top of the jar, using the elastic band to secure it.
This free cross stitch chart by Helen Philipps was excerpted from Home Sweet Home Cross Stitch, published by David & Charles.