Finishing Tutorial for Fun & Fancy Free Sewing Roll
In addition to the three stitched pieces, you will need fusible interfacing, cotton fabric and a ribbon for tie. A sewing machine will make the seams and hemming go much faster, but they can be done by hand if that is your preference.
1. Press the stitched pieces.
2. Trim the stitched pieces as follows. Assumes you are looking at stitched side of fabric.
1. On part #1, trim 1" away from stitches on top, bottom and left hand side. Trim 1/2" away from stitching on right hand side.
2. On part #2, trim 1" away from stitches on top and bottom. Trim 1/2" away from stitching on both left and right hand sides.
3. On part #3, trim 1" away from top, bottom and right hand sides. Trim 1/2" away from stitching on left hand side.
3. Cut three pieces of fusible interfacing: 7 1/4" x 5 1/2". As per manufacturer's instructions, apply to back of stitched pieces, covering the stitching. The fusible will be slightly smaller, than stitched area, that is fine.
4. With a 1/2" seam allowance and with right sides together, connect all three pieces of stitching, aligning the cross stitches that form a continuous pattern. **Tip** - If you are having problems getting the cross stitches to match up exactly, stitch a "mini" seam right at the connecting points and then go back and stitch the entire seam length.
5. Press seams open to help distribute the bulk for the hemming step.
6. Choosing & Cutting the Backing Fabric. You will need to cut a piece of cotton backing fabric 25 1/4" x 9 1/2". For the model, I used cotton fabric from Molly B's Studio by Marcus Fabrics, design # 4636-0116. When deciding on a backing fabric, I like to pull many options out to see what gives the look I am going for. The backing fabric, especially when part of it shows on the front as in this case, can really change the overall effect of the final piece. The following photos show how different colors of backing fabric highlight different areas of stitching.
7. Press cotton fabric and then cut fusible for the cotton fabric, 25" x 9". Center fusible on back of cotton fabric and adhere according to manufacturer's instructions.
8. With WRONG sides together, center stitched piece on top of cotton fabric. Pin in place. You should have 1" of cotton fabric around all of stitched piece. Baste the two pieces together, 1/4" away from edge of cross stitched piece.
9. Hemming sides. Take the edge of cotton fabric, fold to edge of linen, then fold that piece up and over the linen. Pin or clip in place. **Tip** - I like to use Wonderclips when hemming! Work around entire piece, until it is prepared for hemming. Mitre the corners!! Stitch a 3/8" hem. Removing pins or clips as you stitch.
10. Choose a coordinating ribbon for the tie. I used a vintage grosgrain that is 1 1/2" wide. Cut the ribbon to a 28" length. Fold the ribbon in half and tack to left hand side of stitching in hem seam.
11. You are all finished! You may want to give it another press, just to finish it to perfection. Be sure to press on the cotton side or use a press cloth if pressing over the needlework. Roll the sewing roll up and put into your stitching basket for a future stitch reference. Enjoy!!
Happy Stitching!! Beth