A couple of weeks ago I shared this tutorial over at Twelve Crafts Till Christmas but here it is in case you missed it over there!
I have made heaps of these little singlets over the years – for my own kids and as gifts for new babies. Recently I started to make them in threads to match baby quilts and wraps I had also made. I use waste canvas. This is like Aida cloth with a very even weave that creates squares to cross stitch evenly, but when you wet it, the adhesive dissolves and you can remove the threads leaving just the stitching. Mine has a blue thread through it every five rows which makes it easy to count and distinguishes it from the other Aida in my stash. I have also seen a product called “Soluble Canvas” which does the same thing but is more like a sheet of plastic.
A little bit will go a long way – I bought some many years ago and have not had to buy more yet because I use such a small amount on each project. You can use this method to cross stitch onto any fabric really – a shirt pocket, the front of kids’ dress, a bag or a headband – just use your imagination!
A cross stitch design to stitch
The first thing to do is choose your design so you’ll know how big it will be. I’ve done a very simple row of 3 hearts. There are lots of free patterns available online if you Google “free cross stitch charts”, or grab a piece of graph paper and draw one yourself. Simple is better! I have done things like stars, ducks, dinosaurs, cars, trains and letters. Once you have your design you’ll need a piece of your waste canvas, cut slightly larger than your finished stitching size. This is simply so that you can pin it into place while you stitch.
Then you do your cross stitch. You can find a tutorial for that here. I have also shared my tutorial for starting stitching without a knot on my blog.
Here are my little hearts all done. They match Miss L’s baby quilt perfectly!
Now remove your pins and needle and pop your stitching under a running tap for a second. You just want the fabric to be damp, not saturated and dripping all over you! Give it a gentle rub and gently tug at the threads. They should start to come away at the edges. Gently draw all the threads out. I sometimes find a pair of tweezers helps to grab the ends. If you have trouble, try a little more water to dissolve the adhesive more.