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Using Soluble Canvas

Soluble Canvas is a great product to use if you want to cross stitch a design onto a shirt, a bag, children’s clothing or any fabric that does not have an obvious open weave to the threads.

It is 14 count so easy to stitch and very easy to use.

First decide on your garment and decide what design you want that will fit into the space that you have. Let us know if you want any help with working out if it will fit. For our sample we chose a design in a Cross Stitch magazine and then amended the colours to suit the garment.


Pin into place
Pattern that we adapted
Stitch through Soluble Canvas and the fabric.





Once you have that sorted, cut a piece of Soluble Canvas larger than the design and pin it in place then tack around its edges with large stitches onto your fabric, to hold it into place.


Choose colour fast threads such as DMC or Anchor, as you will need to wash the garment/fabric when you finish.

Start stitching your design through the holes of the Soluble Canvas and through the fabric. Try to keep your needle a bit more upright as you go through a hole and into the fabric so that your stitches are straight. Don’t go in at an angle or your cross will be uneven. Full or half cross stitches are best as it is harder (but not impossible) to do ¾ or ¼ stitches using Soluble Canvas.

When you have finished, remove your tacking stitches.

Stitching finished!
Wash in hot, soapy water for 5-10 mins



Wash your garment/fabric in very hot tap water and add some dish washing liquid to make it bubbly.


Leave to soak for 5-10 minutes, stirring it occasionally. The Soluble Canvas will completely dissolve away!

Rinse your garment well and let it dry. Iron from the back, if necessary and if your garment allows this.


Finished design!

If you wish you can iron interfacing onto the back to cover your stitching. Just do a few cross stitches on a few points (stitch over the cross that is already there, in the same colour). This will not be noticeable from the front and on the interfacing at the back you will just see a few stitches rather than all the stitching.

Treat your garment as being a bit more delicate than it use to be when you wash it.

You now have a wholly unique garment with a personal touch!

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