This cute little house motif, designed by Helen Philipps makes an adorable little scissor keeper, which you could give as a gift or keep as a treat for yourself – I think I know which I would do!
Stitch count of motif
29 high x 17 wide
5 x 3cm (2 x 1¼in)
You will need
• 28-count white linen 10 x 10cm (4 x 4in)
• DMC stranded cotton (floss) as listed in chart key
• Tapestry needle size 24–26
• Small piece of printed cotton fabric for backing
• Polyester filling
• Narrow green ribbon
• Two decorative buttons
1 Prepare your fabric for work and begin stitching the house in the centre of the fabric from the centre of the chart.
2 Stitch over two threads of linen, using two strands of stranded cotton for cross stitches and one strand for backstitches. Do not stitch the little trees on either side of the house. Stitch a row of alternate dark pink cross stitches around the motif.
3 When the stitching is complete trim 1cm (3/8in) away from the stitching all the way round. Take the piece of printed cotton backing fabric and cut it to the same size as the embroidered linen. Place it right sides together with the linen and sew around three sides, leaving the top open for stuffing. Trim seams, clip corners and turn right side out.
4 Press the scissor keeper and stuff with polyester filling. Sew up the opening and then sew on one of the decorative buttons with matching thread. Fold the ribbon in half and sew to the top of the scissor keeper at the back, hiding the stitches with a tiny button.
This free cross stitch chart by Helen Philipps was excerpted from Home Sweet Home Cross Stitch, published by David & Charles.