There are many pre-finished items available for cross-stitch customization, one of the most popular being baby quilts. Often featuring stamped designs, these quilts make lovely gifts for any baby. But if you are concerned about your stitching coming undone with laundering, add a back to the item once you are finished to protect the backside of the stitches.
Things You'll Need
- Cross-stitched baby quilt
- Backing fabric
- Matching thread
- Sewing machine (optional)
Finish all cross-stitching. Once you apply the backing you will not be able to add more stitching.
Cut your backing fabric to size. You want it to be large enough to entirely cover the back with about a 1/2 inch extra around all edges.
Pin down the fabric with its back against the back of the quilt, folding the edges under.
Sew the edges down, removing the pins as you work. As most quilts will have pre-finished edges, try to run your stitches over those existing stitches.
Tips & Warnings
- Pick a light fabric for the backing so that you do not alter the weight of the quilt. Cotton muslin is a good choice.
- For more support, you can sew over the quilting as well. Just be careful not to sew over your cross-stitching.
- Even with a backing, you should always wash your cross-stitched items by hand in warm water with a gentle detergent. Roll them in a towel afterward and then let them sit or hang to dry.
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