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…

Cross Stitcher - - Contents -

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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...

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