Spring blooms-cross-stitch pattern for draught excluder
Those first flowers signalling the start of a new season are a sight to behold, after a dark and dreary winter. From snowdrops to crocuses and primroses, their burst of colour adds joy to a garden and they’ve certainly inspired Amanda Gregory to create this beautiful draught excluder in cross stitch.This subtle spring design is worked in soft greens, blues and purples, with a touch of yellow to add a fresh feel. And this draught excluder is a great way to show off your stitching while keeping your home looking stylish whatever the season. For how to make the draught excluder, see below:
Type of stitches:
Whole cross stitch, fractionals, backstitch
Level: Intermediate/ advanced
You will need
Threads: Stranded cotton as listed in the key
Needle: Size 24 tapestry needle
Fabric: Zweigart 14-count rustico aida in oatmeal measuring 61 x81 cm (24x32in)
Extras: Cushion pad to fit
How to make a draught excluder
1 Cross stitch your design in the center of your piece of fabric as usual, making sure that the two long edges of the fabric overlap at the back, ready to make an envelope-style opening for the finished draught excluder. Once your stitching’s done, wash and press.
2 Fold the row edges in along each long edgeand fold over a second time, pressing to form a 2cm (3/4in) double hem. Pin and machine- or hand- sew the hems. Lay the hemmed piece flat so that one edge slightly overlaps the other, right sides facing.
3 Pin and sew, either by machine or hand, along the short ends of the draught excluder using a 2cm (3Ain) seam allowance.
Trim away excess fabric at the corners by making diagonal cuts, to reduce bulk when it is turned through. Press seams open.
4.Turn fabric through to the right side. Insert a cushion pad or fill with adding, taking care to make sure you have a firm finish to ensure your draught excluder’s effective. Neatly slipstitch the opening closed to finish.
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