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Decorate your home or make this pillow for a festive gift

What you need...
  • Aida, 14 count, white
  • DMC stranded cotton
  • Tapestry needle, size 26
  • Printed cotton: red stripe; red; aqua
  • Backing fabric, 24cm x 25cm
  • Cushion pad, 23cm x 24cm
  • Felt balls, blue, four
  • Toy stuffing
  • Ribbon, red and white
  1. 1 Follow the chart for the houses and stitch over one block of Aida, using two strands of thread for the cross-stitch and one strand for the stars. When complete, press, then trim to 5cm x 24cm and set aside.

    2 Cut two strips of red stripe fabric, 4cm x 24cm, plus two strips of aqua fabric, 5cm x 24cm, and two strips of red fabric, 5.5cm x 24cm. Pin the fabric and cross-stitch strips together and machine the seams. Sew the backing fabric to the cushion front, leaving a gap for turning. Turn right sides out and place a cushion pad inside, then stitch the gap closed.

    3 If you don’t have a cushion pad to fit, cut two pieces of white cotton to the correct size and sew with a 5mm seam, leaving a gap for turning. Turn right sides out, stuff firmly, then stitch the gap closed and place inside the cover. Stitch felt balls to the corners to finish.

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