Lori Holt just released Stitch Card Set G right in time for the holidays! I love all of the stitch card sets and am so excited about these new holiday-inspired cards. I stitched my set as one piece and will show you how I finished it in today’s tutorial.
I stitched up these cards in a row with 8 stitches between each for this one-piece finish. If you want to make a separate piece with each card, check out this video tutorial to make them into ornaments
Cross Stitch Finishing Supplies
Now, it’s time to turn this WIP into a holly jolly masterpiece! First, gather the supplies you need.
Supplies to Finish Your Wood Plaque
I picked up a wooden decor board from Hobby Lobby to use as the base! You can use this finishing technique on the same board or any flat object that gives you the shape and style you want. You can always paint your board any color you want so don’t worry too much if it has a design on it.
- Quatrefoil Wood Plaque from Hobby Lobby (This plaque measures at approximately 4″ x 14″)
- Morning Sky Farm Girl Chalky Chicks Paint by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet
- Foam Brush (I got mine from Hobby Lobby)
Supplies to Mount Your Cross Stitch
You will likely have many of these supplies in your crafting room already. I use these supplies for finishing my cross stitch all the time!
- Your cross stitch piece
- 9” x 12” Pres-On Mounting Sticky Board
- Riley Red Large Vintage Trim 12 yard Spool by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet
- A scrap of 80/20 Happy Cloud Batting
- Full-Size Dual Temp Glue Gun by Surebonder and glue sticks
- Black Frixion Ball Erasable Gel Pen
- Creative Grids 4.5” x 12.5” Quilting Ruler
How to Paint the Wood Plaque
This plaque paints up quick thanks to Lori’s Chalky Chicks Paint. The color is always beautiful and the paint dries super fast.
1. Using the foam brush, paint the entire quatrefoil wood plaque in Morning Sky Farm Girl Chalky Chicks Paint. Repeat if you like a second coat. (I did.)
How to Finish Your Cross Stitch
The next step is mounting your piece! I will explain every step in detail so you can easily follow along.
Mounting the Cross Stitch Piece
1. Take your stitched piece, a Creative Grids ruler, and a Frixion pen to draw a line on the back of your piece a quarter-inch away from your stitching on all sides.
2. Measure the drawn rectangle. It should come out to approximately 2.875” x 11.5”. (You will also cut your sticky board down to this size.)
3. Peel off the liner on the sticky board and place the sticky side to the batting. Cut around the sticky board so that the batting is flush to the edges.
4. Trim 1″ from outside of the drawn line on the stitched piece, which is plenty of room to pull the fabric to the back of the sticky board
5. Then take the sticky board that has batting on it and place the batting right side down within the drawn lines on the backside of the stitched piece.
- Apply hot glue directly on your sticky board and pull your fabric to the back, finger pressing it down. I recommend starting with the top and bottom and then repeat on the left and right side.
Now to Embellish
1. On the backside of the stitch piece, hot glue the Vintage Trim starting on the bottom. Use the “valley” of the Vintage Trim as a placement guide.
- When you get to the corner, fold back the vintage trim and miter the corner. Continue around all four side and overlap the ends of the trim by about half an inch.
Now you have a finished cross stitch piece ready to mount! I love the extra fullness the batting adds to the piece. I think adding batting is so important!
Putting It All Together
This is my favorite part! I finally get to see the finished look.
1. Center your mounted stitched piece on your plaque. I placed the center of my mounted stitch piece with the high peak of the plaque. Once you like your placement, hot glue it down.
Lori and I hope you enjoyed turning this WIP into a beautifully done FFO. I know I cannot wait for my next finish, and I would love to see yours.
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