MAKE of the month

Make a pretty keyring strap by stitch­ing on plas­tic aida, with three gor­geous spring de­signs to choose from…

Cross Stitcher - - Contents - De­signed by: Susan Penny Stitch count: 30 high x 7 wide De­sign size: 8x2cm (3x¾in) Stitch time: 2 hours

The print edi­tion of this is­sue in­cludes the free fa ux-leather keyring strap shown in our photo

Make a… keyring strap Step 1 MAKE

a keyring strap us­ing the charts, by stitch­ing your cho­sen de­sign on plas­tic aida, and then cut the aida to mea­sure 3x25cm (1½x9¾in). As the plas­tic aida is 14 count, the de­sign will look much smaller than the strap that’s free with our print edi­tion. You may want to cross stitch the re­main­ing back­ground area with bright blue stranded cot­ton. If you would pre­fer a larger de­sign, stitch on 8 count aida, back­ing the fab­ric with iron-on Vi­lene, or use Fray Check or fab­ric glue on the edges to stop it fray­ing.

Step 2 FIN­ISH

the keyring strap from the print edi­tion by swip­ing the end of the strap with the small block of holes through a slip ring. Fold down the other end, lin­ing up the holes on the front and back. Stitch through the holes to fix the ends to­gether and en­close the split ring. Fold the strap so that the de­sign is on the front, and then trim away any ex­cess strap at the bot­tom of the keyring. If you are mak­ing the plas­tic aida or the aida strap, as­sem­ble the strap in ex­actly the same way.

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