How to Cross Stitch a Bag Charm

How to Cross Stitch a Bag Charm #crossstitch

MPUBy Sarah Cookland for Cross Stitcher

Create the cutest charm in only an hour. It’s a lovely accessory to give as a gift to a crafty friend or a little treat for yourself. You can even add beads for a fancy finish. It’s great for beginners and a lovely introduction to stitching on evenweave fabric if you haven’t tried it before.

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Happy stitching!

How to Cross Stitch a Bag Charm

Time to make: One hour

Suitable for: Beginners

You Will Need

Your basic stitching kit, plus…

How to Make

  1. Download your special charm cross stitch chart and key.
  2. Fold your fabric in half in both directions to find the centre – this is where to start stitching. Follow the chart for the colours to use and work all your cross stitch in two strands and backstitch in one. As you are using evenweave fabric, you will need to make all your stitches over two threads.
  3. Cross stitch all the lettering and the border, then you’re ready to add the French knots to give you little 3D details.
  4. Now you can turn your stitching into a charm. Trim your stitching 1cm outside the design and turn under the edges of the fabric. Fold the cord in half to make a loop and stitch to the back of the top left corner of the square. Place a little stuffing on the back of the stitching, then turn under the edges of the backing fabric and slip stitch on top. Add beads to the bottom if you’d like a fancy finish.
  5. Loop around the handle of a canvas bag or the tab on a zip to make a fun little accessory!

How to Cross Stitch a Bag Charm #crossstitch

Top Tip!

Loop your charm through the handle of your scissors to make them easier to find!

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Hello, I’m Jenny. I’m based in South West England and am lucky enough to have worked as a craft journalist for over 20 years. I have always loved making things – all sorts of things! A childhood of hoarding empty boxes under my bed has naturally expanded into filling my flat with crafty items that look like they might make into something one day.

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