Make our colourful tree of life cushion, as featured on our cover this month
We’ve got life’s rich tapestry worked in cross stitch! Autumn is the perfect time to stitch our folksy ‘tree of life’ cushion…
You may find it easier to use a zipper foot on your machine when sewing on the pompom trim
Make a… cushion Step 1
COMPLETE all the stitching, then cut the aida to 35.5x35.5cm (14x14in), with the design in the centre.
ADD pompom trim to the edge of your cushion if you wish. Place your stitched cushion front face-up on the table, and then lay the trim around the edge – the pompoms should be facing towards the middle of the cushion with the tape at the edge. Pin the trim to the aida, and then tack or baste on a sewing machine to hold in place.
PLACE the cushion front right-sides together with the backing fabric. Pin, then machine stitch, around the edge with a 12.5cm (½in) seam allowance, leaving a gap for turning – take care that you do not catch any of the pompoms in the stitching.
TURN to the right side, insert the cushion pad and sew up the gap with small, neat stitches.
Designed by: Amanda Butler Stitch count: 180 high x 180 wide Design size: 32.5x32.5cm (12¾x12¾in) Stitch time: 58 hours This design was stitched on 14 count aida fabric.
14 count aida, Zweigart Ecru • (16x16in) 40.5x40.5cm ref: 3706/3130; key as listed in the Stranded cotton • needle Size 24 tapestry • (14x14in) 35.5x35.5cm Backing fabric; • (12x12in) 30.5x30.5cm Cushion pad; • 1.5m (60in) Pompom trim; • see page 89...