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How To End A Backstitch In Cross Stitch

If you’re working on a cross-stitch embroidery project, you will have to perform a backstitch for excellent finishing. Backstitch is a simple, quick, and effective stitch that gives an elegant look and extra element to your embroidery projects.

If you love to work as a cross stitcher, you must know how to backstitch. You will have to simply connect the dots to make floss lines on your fabric with the desired pattern. However, the term is called “backstitch as you end up stitching and working in the backward direction.

If you want to learn the perfect outline stitch for your cross stitch projects, you’ve come to the right place. This knowledge will help you to create a double side-by-side line at the back of your project along with the single floss line at the front.

In this article, you will have a complete guide with a step-by-step approach to end backstitch in cross stitch projects. You will be able to learn how to backstitch your cross-stitch fonts for a stylish outline. So, hold your curiosity till the end of this article to get all your answers.

How To End A Backstitch In Cross Stitch?

If you want a perfect outline for your cross stitch project, then use a backstitch. Don’t know how to end that? Well, you have no worries as this article will enlighten you with all the steps needed for backstitching.

Any type of crucial task needs the right pieces of equipment to get the best finishing results. Similarly, you will need proper equipment such as the right thread, floss color, and so on. This will help to finish your backstitch quickly and efficiently.

You will have to keep moving your stitching hand from the back of your cross-stitch fabric to its front. For step-by-step guidance and in-depth details to backstitch your cross-stitch, follow this article till the end. So, let’s start.

Equipments You Need To End A Backstitch In Cross Stitch

There are quite a few things that you will need to end the backstitch efficiently. Some of them are mentioned below. Make sure to avail them by your side to start backstitching without any inconvenience.

Embroidery Hoop

You will have to look for an embroidery hoop with 6-9 inches for your embroidery project. This will help you to place the fabric on this hoop to perform the backstitching.

Tapestry Needle

You have to use a tapestry needle for a size of about 24. You can find this needle from any stationery store or sewing store.

Small Sharp Edged Scissors

Also, you have to keep a pair of scissors that have sharp-edge to cut your stitches and fabric. You can get this scissor from any place; even your household scissor can work.

Aida Fabric Cloth

You will need a large 11 count Aida fabric cloth or cross-stitch project. In this cross-stitch project, you can perform your backstitch efficiently.

Embroidery Floss

 Now, you will have to take a six-strand embroidery floss for your best sewing experience. These threads are perfect for backstitching and cross-stitch projects.

If you want to perform the best backstitch on your cross stitch projects, then follow this in-depth explanation through a step-by-step guide.

Step 1: Getting Ready For The Process

If you’re ready with all the equipment and tools, you have to start with the backstitch work. So, start finding the center of your cross stitch fabric and mark its center. You have to bring your embroidery hoop to place the fabric on it and keep it aside.

Then, you can use your pair of sharp scissors to cut the embroidery floss. You can cut the six-strand embroidery floss for about 12-14 inches in length. Finally, you will have to separate the two strands of your floss and use a tapestry needle to thread them.

Step 2: Bringing Your Needle Up 

Now, take your Aida-fabric, and you will be able to see visible holes in them. Take your tapestry needle up and down through the holes of the fabric. In addition, you must bring the needle up from the back to the front of your cross stitch fabric.

Whatever line or shape you stitch, you can choose to start sewing from the beginning of its hole. However, you can also start with the spot where the first stitch ends to stitch back easily. If you’re a new sewer, then follow both ways for a convenient sewing experience.

Step 3: Knowing Your Pattern

In this step, you will have to know the pattern on which you’re working. If you’re following a straight stitch line, then performing backstitch for your cross stitch will be easier. However, every backstitching is not done in straight lines. At times, you have to perform backstitching in the diagonal sides of your cross stitch fabric. So, it is crucial to know your pattern to choose the suitable holes for placing your needle and stitching.

Step 4: Doing The First Stitch

In this step, you will have to start with your first stitch. You can start by making waste knots of your fabric and putting them beside the edge of your embroidery hoop. This waste knot will help you to prevent the floss from getting pulled over to the front while stitching.

Then, you can take two squares by counting from the center of your cross stitch fabric. Moreover, you’ve to bring your thread tapestry needle up from the backside.

Now, you can choose the front to insert the needle into the hole. In addition, you have to place the needle to the left of the one where you brought in the floss and draw the needle through its back. You must make sure to make your stitch go back from the side it came up.

Step 5: Pulling The Stitches

In this step, you have to be careful with the pulling of the stitches. As you will proceed to make the following stitches, you have to be cautious about not pulling them too tightly or too loosely. A gentle and firm pull will be the best choice to determine the tension you place on the floss while stitching.

Step 6: Doing The Second Stitch

In this step, you’ll have to proceed with the second stitch. Now, take your needle and place it from the back of your cross-stitch fabric to the empty hole on its right side. Then, you can draw the tapestry needle to the front.

Now, insert your needle from the front of your fabric hole to the left one, which you just stitched through. Then, draw your needle through the back to finish your second stitch.

You will have to repeat this process to proceed working horizontally from the left to the right of your fabric. In addition, you must ensure that every new stitch comes up one square away from your last stitch. Then, you’ve to go back down with your stitch with the previous one.

Step 7: Changing Your Stitching Direction

In this step, you’ll have to change the directions of your stitches. However, the process for stitching your cross-stitch fabric remains the same. But, most importantly, you have to make new stitches one square away from your last stitch.

Now, you have to insert your needle from the backside of your fabric. Then, place this needle on the empty hole to the right side and downside of your fabric. Draw your needle through the front of the fabric.

Again, you’ll have to place the needle from the front of your cross stitch fabric hole, which came directly above the one you stitched through. Then, draw your needle to the back of your fabric to complete the second stitch.

So, proceed with this step through a straight stitch similar to the previous step, but only downward.

Step 8: Smaller Stitches For Shorter Area

You should know that the large main holes of your Aida cross-stitch fabric are more accessible to backstitch. However, the smaller holes are challenging to outline design. So, for small holes in your cross stitch fabric, you will have to make smaller stitches from the weave of the cross stitch fabric.

Step 9: Practicing For One or Two Times

Now, you can use this process any time you want for your cross-stitch projects. You can practice these steps to make a two-stitch square on your Aida-Cloth cross stitch. So, use your two-stitch square as your baseline for creating various patterns with backstitching.

How Can You Finish The Back Of A Cross Stitch Bookmark?

You can finish the bookmark of your cross stitch by covering the raw edges of your fabric. Then, you can cut fabric, or most preferably a ribbon, to a similar length of your bookmark. Make sure that you exclude the fringe while cutting the ribbon. Now, make a dot on the seam of your bookmark with adhesive and press it on the top of the glue.

How Can You Stiffen Your Cross Stitch?

If you want to make your cross stitch stiffer, you have to use fabric stiffener. You can get this accessory from any sewing shop or local store. Firstly, you have to trim or cut the cross stitch to avoid any excess fabric. Then, you have to place a layer of wax paper to peel it off when the stiffener dries out. However, it’s crucial to check for the instructions of your cross stitch fabric before using it.


Hello, I am Jessica Flores, and you are welcome to my website. I am a professional fashion designer and a seamstress. I always carried a passion for craftwork. My love for craft grew along with time. I have spent years researching and practicing in this field to gather colossal experience.

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