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    A textile etui with cross stitch embroidery (Bargello imitation)

    A textile etui with cross stitch embroidery (Bargello imitation)

    Where do you keep your bijou jewelry, beads, memory sticks, buttons, and other knickknacks? Boxes and tins aren’t good–the heart yearns for the beautiful. These cross stitch designs imitate the famous Florentine embroidery known as Bargello.

    Bargello embroidery pattern

    Below I explain how to actually sew and embroider an etui.

    Embroidery threads, scissors and fabric

    A textile etui with cross stitch embroidery. Materials

    • Printed cotton fabric
    • Sole-colored cotton fabric
    • Tearaway adhesive stabilizer
    • Upper thread
    • Underthread
    • Scissors
    • Machine embroidery design
    • The sewing order (the image below)

    Bargello sewing order

    A textile etui with cross stitch embroidery. The making process

    You can buy the design or create it yourself. For those who don't know how, there will be tutorials in future.

    Prepare the design and working materials. I like doing it before the work starts, thus eliminating the possibility of missing something in the crucial moment.

    We’ll be using a sole-colored fabric. Attach the adhesive stabilizer to the wrong side. Hoop the fabric together with the stabilizer. Tighten the screw. After that, do the upper and lower threading and attach the hoop.

    Fabric, hoop and iron

    Bargello upper thread

    Hit the start button. The embroidery consists of three parts, two rectangular and one square. You need to embroider two rectangular parts and one square part, which will make the basis for your etui.

    I recommend following the color chart that comes with the design so that to avoid gaudiness. 

    Brother Innov-is embroidery machine

    Bargello imitation in the hoop

    If you’ve decided to create your etui out of felt, you may forego the lining. In the course of embroidery, even cotton fabric becomes thicker, but I decided to leave the stabilizer and to add lining. In order to do that, embroider only the outer stitch on a sole-colored or printed fabric. As it comes last in the embroidery order, you need go to the editing menu of the design and skip the steps you don’t want to embroider.

    Changing thread color on screen

    Printed white fabric under presser foot

    Bargello imitation pieces

    Having embroidered one square and two sides for both inner and outer sides of the etui, cut out the details, leaving 0.5–1 cm for seam allowance. Remove the stabilizer from the seam allowance, it will be superfluous there. Sew first the outer sides, and then inner sides together (see the scheme). Insert the lining into the etui and stitch the two sides together. I sewed by hand, catching the back stitches.

    You can additionally decorate the item with beads, ribbons, tassels or charms, whichever suits your taste best.

    Bargello imitation etuiBargello imitation etui closer look

    In the end, you’ll get a nice textile etui where you can put your sundry. Such an etui may also be used as a box for a small present. Happy embroidery!

    P.S. Explore other embroidery techniques here!

    Original text by Mary Stratan

    Free machine embroidery designs made in this technique can be found here.

    Edited by Irina

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