Very thin wadding
Pure fine linen
Iron the linen


Fold the linen in half and crease down the centre using your iron.

Stitch the centre as shown in the photograph, this will give you a guide for placement for each of the designs. Iron the linen once again so as the crease does not show

First design at the very top is
  • House
  • Garden
  • Farm Animals
  • 2 Trees

Good example as to how to rectify mistakes!!!

You will notice I have two faults ...

1) I forgot to line up with the house steps to the garden ...If you look closely the garden path and the house steps are the exact same width, so as you can have the flow from the house steps to the garden path

2) The next mistake ...Between the garden design and cow design there is to much of a space

Close up of my mistake and the start of rectifying the problem. I am going to make the garden and path look as though they match up using my decorative stitches from the machine.
Using the straight stitch from your sewing machine stabilize the fabric for the pathway between the steps and garden path.



For the pathway I used a cross stitch and did 8 lines accross then on either side of the cross stitch as shown in the photograph leaves and flowers.

First I stitched 3 leaves in green thread No. 123 on either side

Then over the stems of the leaves I stitched the 3 flowers No. 159 in pink thread

Rectifing the problem between the garden design and cow design I used the leave stitch No. 123 in greeen thread and then stitched the flower stitch No. 159 in pale yellow thread

  I have designed simple curves for the top and bottom of the Bell Pull.

Using tracing paper, draw the curves or border you would like for your Bell Pull. I designed one side and then mirrored the design using the tracing the paper.

Notice I have a centre line in the photograph above. This will give me a point so I can mirror the design
From experience over the years I find it best before doing a satin stitch to stitch a zigzag stitch which is slightly smaller than the satin stitch, as shown in the photograph. This helps to stop pulling of the satin stitch and give you a smoother finish
Satin stitch border completed

Stitch the zigzag stitch border in black thread L=1.0 W= 2.5

Stitch the satin stitch over the zigzag you just did in black thread L=.40 W=4.5

Stitch No. 17 over the top of the satin stitch a pale blue thread

Stitch No. 18 on the inside of the black satin stitch L=0.5 W=3.0 pale yellow

 Beside my machine I always have a small piece of fabric that has a backing. The reason for this, so I can experiment with the decorative stitches from my machine and play with the widths and lengths to see what would look best. As shown in the photograph above

To make a binding to go around the Bell Pull

contrasting gingham fabric
Venetian blind cording, which is excellent for cording

Place in the centre of the gingham strip the venation blind cording
Fold the gingham strip over the cording and stitch down the cording to the fabric at the end you start, so the cording will not move
I use my zipper foot to stitch the binding together
All finished

To stitch out the Farm Animals, 2 Trees and Garden on each of the cushions I used the following

  • White cotton fabric
  • 2 very thin batting
  • White cotton fabric

Using a very fine linen I stitched all three cushions using the following designs

  • Farm Animals
  • 2 Trees
  • Garden

Once I had stitched out all three designs on the fine linen, I then, with my ruler made a border in pencil around each of the designs.

Over the pencil marking you just made, stitch using your zigzag stitch as shown in the photograph to your left

Cut away from the zigzag stitch and then zigzag onto the fabric of your choice, stitch over the 2 layers of zigzag using a satin stitch. This gives your work a lovely look

 Farm Animals cushion finished
Farm Animals cushion finished
Close up of the black satin stitch and using a purchased zigzag braid
2 Tree Cushion
Close up of 2 Tree Cushion

Instructions for the border using the decortive stitches

Close up of 2 Tree Cushion

  • Stitch out No. 180 in blue thread
  • Stitch out No. 165 stitch in red thread, I stitched over the red decorative stitch twice, just to give that nice round look
  • On either side of the decorative stitch No. 180, I stitched a satin stitch in white thread
  • Over the top of the satin stitch border I stitched No. 111 in blue thread

Decorative Stitches used for the border design including the widths and lengths of each stitch





Garden cushion


Instructions for the border using the decortive stitches

Close up of the Garden Cushion

  • On the linen fabric stitch a satin stitch border using a grey dark blue thread
  • To the left of the satin stitch border stitch No. 123 light blue thread
  • At the top of stitch No. 123, stitch No 162 in a pale yellow thread and allowing some of the flower to stitch over the grey dark blue thread
  • On the outer border stitch in a pale yellow thread satin stitch
  • Over the top of the pale yellow satin stitch, stitch No. 102 in a light green thread
  • Every 5th cross I stitched using No. 165 in the grey dark blue thread


 Stitch out of "The Rooster Crows"