Craft these pretty kitchen projects using the squares on gingham fabric

Cross-stitch kitchen projects

Cross-stitch your own tea towel. oven glove and bowl cover

Oven glove

You will need

✤ 35cm of 112cm-wide gingham fabric
✤ 35cm x 50cm cotton wadding
✤ 35 x 50cm insulated lining
✤ Matching cotton thread
✤ Pinking shears
✤ Red bias binding
✤ Embroidery hoop
✤ Red embroidery thread
✤ White embroidery thread
✤ Cross-stitch needle
✤ Embroidery scissors

Blue gingham fabric, £14 for a metre, from John Lewis

Cutting out

Enlarge the template (ours measures 30cm long) and cut out two glove shapes from the fabric, wadding and lining with pinking shears. Turn the template over and cut out another two reverse glove shapes from the fabric.

Oven glove template

Oven glove template

Cross stitching the fabric

1 Take one of the gingham fabric cutouts and place in the embroidery hoop.

2 Following the cross-stitch chart (below) as a guide, use two strands of white and then red embroidery thread in your needle to work the cross-stitches in the design, 4cm from the cuff edge.

To work the loops linking the cross-stitches, bring the needle through to the front of the work at A (see steps, below right), loop underneath the red stitch at B and return to the reverse of the work at A.

Repeat for the rest of the pattern.

How to cross stitch diagram

How to work the stitches

Making the glove

1 Place the cotton wadding on the wrong side of one of the reverse gingham cutouts, followed by the insulated lining and the cross-stitched gingham cutout. Repeat for the other pieces to create a sandwich. Pin and tack around the edges.

2 With 1cm seam allowance, stitch the edges and leave the cuff open. Trim the seam allowance to reduce bulk and press the seams open at the cuff.

3 Open out the bias binding and pin to the raw edge of the cuff. Remove the bed of the sewing machine and slip the glove cuff under the needle. Stitch the binding in place with a 1cm seam allowance.

4 Turn the glove right sides out. Turn the binding over the cuff’s raw edge and pin in place.
Topstitch close to the binding’s pressed edge and slip stitch where the binding overlaps.

Tea towel

Tea towel

Dry dishes in style with this homeamade tea towel

You will need
✤ 10 x 60cm gingham fabric
✤ Matching cotton thread
✤ Fabric scissors
✤ 120cm red ric rac
✤ Embroidery hoop
✤ Red embroidery thread
✤ White embroidery thread
✤ Cross-stitch needle
✤ Embroidery scissors
✤ 50 x 70cm white tea towel

Cross-stitching the fabric

1 Place the gingham fabric in the embroidery hoop. Following the chart (on page 31) as a guide, stitch across four gingham squares for every square on the chart to enlarge the design.

2 Work the cross-stitches using two strands of red and white embroidery thread, and the loops with two strands of white embroidery thread to copy across the design.

Sewing the trim to the tea towel

1 Fold and press the edges of the cross-stitched gingham under by 1cm.

2 Pin the ric rac to the hemmed long edges of the gingham and then pin the trim to one end of the tea towel. Fold the extra lengths round to the reverse of the tea towel and fold under the open ends.

Pin in place.

3 Topstitch close to the edge of the gingham in matching thread, securing the cross-stitched trim in place.

4 Slip stitch the open seams on the reverse of the tea towel closed.

Bowl cover

Bowl cover cross-stitch chart

Bowl cover cross-stitch chart

You will need

✤ Circle of gingham fabric (measuring 2in wider than the bowl you want to cover)
✤ Matching cotton thread
✤ Fabric scissors
✤ Red bias binding
✤ Thin elastic
✤ Safety pin or bodkin
✤ Embroidery hoop
✤ Red embroidery thread
✤ White embroidery thread
✤ Cross-stitch needle
✤ Embroidery scissors

Cutting out

Using the bowl you wish to cover as a guide, cut a circle out of your fabric that measures 2in wider than the rim of your bowl.

Cross-stitching the fabric

Place the gingham fabric in the embroidery hoop. Following the teapot chart (above) as a guide, use two strands of red embroidery thread for the teapot and cups, and two strands of white embroidery thread to cross-stitch the steam design.

Making the cover

1 Pin and topstitch the bias binding around the raw edge of the circle of fabric, leaving
an opening where the two ends meet.

2 Measure around your bowl and subtract 2in to work out how much elastic you will need.

3 Thread the elastic on to the safety pin or bodkin to guide the elastic around the binding and stitch the ends together to secure.

4 Slip stitch the bias binding opening closed and place the fabric cover over your bowl.

Esme’s Tip

When your cross-stitch is complete, remove from the hoop and press it lightly on the wrong side.

Bowl cover

This pretty bowl cover will look lovely in your kitchen