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Cross Stitch 101: Handmade Patches

Have you ever wanted to make your own patches to stick on your favourite coat or bag, or to sell in your Etsy shop?  Cross stitch patches are great for those little sprite-like designs.  
Patches are easiest to make when they're square, but any geometric shape will work.  Once you get comfortable with the process, you can even begin to follow the contours of the design for more intricate and detailed patches.
What you will need:
Stitched design on Aida clothSturdy tapestry needleSmall, sharp scissors Iron (optional)Floss for your outline colour

Once you've finished stitching your design, you'll want to cut it out.  This step requires precision, so embroidery scissors are recommended.  Using the holes in the fabric as a guideline, cut straight edges around your entire patch, leaving a border of about five empty spaces between the edge of your design and the edge of the fabric.
Fold the fabric back, leaving a border of one empty space between the edge of your design and the f…