I cross stitched this Sunflower design decades ago, while I was still in school, maybe circa 1989-1992. Framed and displayed since then, until the stapler holding the fabric to the mounting board started to rust and the fabric began to loosen from the frame. Seeing it looking so sad, I freed it from the frame and then decided to repurpose it.
Frankly speaking, when I first decided to repurpose this beloved cross stitch design, I didn’t have any idea on what to turn it into. I thought of a bag, but was skeptical of my sewing skills. And when I imagine turning it into a cushion, the fate of all the other cushions at home made me decide against it – kids love to play with and lay on the cushion, it’ll look terrible in a month. Then I forgot about it for a year… until I decided to turn it into a serving tray liner/bread basket cover by crocheting a simple lace around it.
The crocheting process was very slow. First, I did a blanket stitch all around the fabric, in particular to hide the parts tainted by rust. Next, I looked for crochet edging patterns, making it a point to look for very easy crochet patterns.
Then I crocheted dc all around. I can’t remember where I got the pattern, could be from an old crochet booklet, but it’s an easy shell pattern – a joy and quite a breeze to remember.
Sunflower will now serve as a tray liner/bread basket cover.