Cross-stitching is one of my many interests. I first learned it at home economics class at middle school. We cross-stitched on the hoop with some numbers and one or two cute characters, and made it into a hanging clock. And that’s all. Recently I fall in love with cross-stitch again, especially the french country style cross-stitch. The sophisticated stitches on the linen or evenweave are just wonderful and candy to my eyes.
Although I didn’t have the courage to try stitching on the linen yet, I’ve found a few nice patterns to work on with Aida fabric. Jardin Privé is a Fennch cross-stitch website that I frequent. I just love the designs.
I chose this free pattern on Jardin Privé website for my younger brother’s wedding gift. I used colors from my stash and 14-count Aida.
After finishing the cross-stitch, I soaked the aida fabric in soapy water for 5 minutes, carefully rinsed it, and hung it dry. Then I started working on making it into a pillow cover. It is a simple envelope pillow cover with blue piping.
The piping looks like this.
And here is the finished cross-stitched pillow cover!
I also made the “inside pillow” with muslin and polyester fiber fill that you can find in most craft stores. The finished length and width of the “inside pillow” itself are about 1/2″ longer than that of the pillow cover, so that the pillow will look nice and fitted.
Because it’s a wedding gift, I stitched their Big Day on the pillow. Hope they like it as much as I like it!