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Waste Canvas Leaf Place Mats
By: Dimensions Needlecrafts
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Sew up four easy place mats in a plain fabric with a different cross-stitch leaf on each. These elegant leaf place mats from Dimensions are great for autumn entertaining. Waste canvas helps you to cross-stitch on any fabric. These place mats match the cross-stitch Leaf Table Runner.
Wash and dry the fabrics to preshrink them. Wash and air dry the thread from the kit to preshrink it. Mark four 20" x 15" rectangles on the place mat fabric with a pencil or the permanent marker. By not cutting your fabric right away, you can use a hoop to stitch if you like.
Using the color picture above, place pieces of waste canvas in the desired positions. When you are satisfied with the position of everything, baste the waste canvas in place with sewing thread. Start to stitch each leaf at the point marked with a blue arrow on the pattern. Stitch only the Cross Stitches, not the Half Cross Stitch shadows. Work the Cross Stitches over two canvas threads horizontally and vertically. Be careful not to pierce the canvas threads as you stitch and remember it's OK that your stitching does not match the outlines, you will be removing the canvas.
When you finish the Cross Stitches, remove the basting. Dampen the canvas with water until the canvas softens. Pull out the canvas threads one by one with your fingers or tweezers. In tight spots, you can cut the canvas threads for easier removal. Add the Back Stitch details after you remove the canvas. Cut out the place mats. Cut the lining pieces to match. For each place mat, pin the piping to place mat, placing the piping stitching 1/2" in from the edge of the place mat. Clip the piping fabric at the corners to make it lie flat. Allowing a 2" overlap at the end, trim the excess piping.
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