Question: How do you add a backing to cross stitch?

How do you cover the back of a cross stitch baby quilt?

Take a small stitch and pull the thread through to the back. For security I prefer to do this twice. Then tie the threads together on the back of the work. I like to leave the tails long and after tying the knot I thread each end through a needle and “bury” them inside the quilt wadding.

Can you laminate a cross stitch bookmark?

You can laminate your cross stitch pieces without using any heat. When using self-adhesive laminating sheets, you have to be careful and take your time in placing your cross stitch work on the sheet. After making sure it is properly aligned, you can press the top part over the cross stitch piece.

How do you stiffen cross stitch?

To make them stiffer, use a commercial fabric stiffener. Trim the ornament so that there is no excess fabric. Put down a layer of waxed paper, which will be easy to peel off when the stiffener dries. Always read the instructions for the product you are using.

Is there a wrong way to cross stitch?

There is no real right or wrong way to do this and the more you stitch, the more you will discover your own rhythm and way of working. But, if you’re getting in knots over it, here is an example of how we would tackle a pattern. Refer back to our how to cross stitch tutorial if you need help with the basics.

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How do you finish the back of a cross stitch afghan?

If it is an afghan done in blocks, it is simple to just stitch down the lines formed by the blocks and then around the edges to attach a backing. This is easily accomplished on a sewing machine. If the pattern is more ‘scattered’ you may have to quilt around each motif; you may prefer to do that by hand.