How cute is this little French Bulldog puppy? She’s part of a trio of cross stitch patterns called Happy Puppy 2 by Sodastitch Design on ETSY. How could I not make a design this adorable part of our Flosstube animated series we are calling Stitchimations? Just a note, I DID make a few color swaps of the DMC embroidery floss. The original pattern called for DMC #3826 Golden Brown, but I switched it out for DMC #601 Dark Cranberry. I also did not use DMC #3822 Straw Lt., using instead DMC #963 Ultra Very Light Dusty Rose. The swaps made it the perfect stitch for Valentine’s Day!
Frenchie was stitched on 18 count white Aida, dyed a gray blue using navy blue and black RIT dyes. After the final stitch, I cut out the design leaving a half-inch border on all sides. Using a pressing cloth to protect the work, I ironed the back of the design flat.
Since this is a round stitch, small cuts, about a quarter to a half-inch apart, are made from the outer edge in towards the center, stopping just before reaching any actual stitching (see above). These cuts allow us to iron each flap down onto the back of the design (see below).
While making a Stitchimation, I can’t flip the work, having to keep the stitch in the same spot for filming…so the back of these pieces looks terrible! No worries! The back won’t show in the final finish!
Each ironed fold lays flat and tidy on the back of the design, ready to have a thin chipboard insert or piece of sticky board to keep the round shape.
I’ve created three circle templates (3.25″, 3.75″, and 4.2″) to make finishing this design even easier (click here to download circle templates) ! I printed and cut out each one, then used these circles to trace around each on a piece of Pres-On sticky board I bought from Amazon. Cut out each sticky board circle. The smallest circle (3.25″) is inserted onto the back of your design, under the folds, sticky side facing the back of the design. Use Tacky Glue to glue each fold down flat to the back of the sticky board.
The hardest part? Figuring out what trim and coordinating fabric to use! I found my cotton fabric and pom pom trim at Walmart. The gray polka dots on white was by Waverly, part of a Fat Quarter Bundle called Chev Steel. The white paw prints on black was a Fat Quarter Single called Paws Onyx and was made by Creative Cuts. Black 3/8″ pom pom trim by Simplicity was the perfect trim!
The medium sized (3.75″) circle, sticky side facing the back of the fabric, was pressed in place onto the back of the fabric, and the large circle (4.25″) stuck to the back of the paw print fabric. The fabric was cut off around each, leaving a half-inch border. Each fabric circle was snipped along the outer edge, folded down towards the back, then glued in place.
The back of the Frenchie stitch was centered on top of the front of the polka dot fabric, using Tacky Glue to adhere the design. The set was then centered and glued to the front of the paw print fabric. Black pom pom trim, 3/8″ wide, was glued all the way around the stitched circle, with the flat edge of the trim glued just under the edge of the circle so only the pom poms are left in view.
To finish off this little work of wonder, tie and glue down a teeny tie bow tie out of 1/8″ black ribbon with white polka dots, made by Offray. The entire circle set is centered and glued to a white box frame I bought at Walmart, ready to be hung or just set on a shelf! Puppy Perfection!