How I Fully Finished My Cross Stitch “Sleigh Bells Ring” by Little House Needleworks And Thread Conversion

I had the pleasure of cross stitching “Sleigh Bells Ring” by Little House Needleworks this past month and I loved every stitch.  I knew I was stitching this as a gift and I think that made the entire process even that much more enjoyable for me.  I am a process stitcher for sure.  I love it, and I know the recipient will very much value the time it took me to create this.

I stitched this piece on a 28 count mystery fabric.  I only used one called for thread and then just pulled all other colors from stash.  If you are interested in the colors I used I have those listed for you below.  When I decided to FFO this I cut the fabric, giving myself 1 inch all the way around the design and then sewed it using a 1/2″ Seam Allowance.

I backed it with a pretty piece of maroon floral fabric I felt was very Christmassy and matched the Bandana Classic Colorworks color on the design.

I stuffed the piece using sawdust.  I purchased this huge ziplock bag full of sawdust from a seller off Etsy earlier this year for about $5.  I wish I could remember the shop I bought this from, but if you are interested I am sure a quick search will yield you results to buy some too.

I closed the bottom with a ladder stitch and then a whip stitch.  I personally like the handmade look to some of these pieces and I decided the recipient would appreciate being able to see the hand sewing too.

This is a really simple and effective finish for me and I am very happy with the result!

Brianna Lentz Thread Conversions

Original Color Listed on Chart to My Color Used

  • DMC 422 to DMC 356
  • DMC 642 to DMC 648
  • DMC 644 to DMC 762
  • DMC 712 to Classic Colorworks Bamboo
  • DMC 754 to DMC 407
  • DMC 3787 to DMC 844
  • Classic Colorworks (CC) “Spinach” to Classic Colorworks (CC) “Desert Mestique”
  • CC “Bramble Bush” or DMC 433 to Gentle Arts “Gingersnap”
  • CC Bramble Bush or DMC 3031 to DMC 610
  • CC Bandana was used as originally called for

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