Summer Bellpull

By  Joanne Gatenby 

stitch count: 79 w x 229 h; approx. finished size: 5-3/4" w x 15-3/4" h

  • C02 Bellpull 0609TCS 002


  • 12”x22” Jade 28-count Lugana (Picture This Plus)
  • 6-strand Embroidery Floss (DMC)
  • Buttons (Treasure Pack #8751.G) (Just Another Button Co.)
  • 6” Gray Heart Bellpull Hardware (Ackfeld Mfg.)

Basic Supplies

  • needle, scissors

Stitch Types

Cross-stitch: 3 strands
Half Cross-stitch: 1 strand
Backstitch: As indicated on key
Crossed Corners Cushion: 3 strands
Algerian Eyelet: 3 strands
Florentine Stitch: 3 strands

Pattern - Summer Bellpull
Pattern - Crossed Corners Cushion Diagram
Pattern - Algerian Eyelet Diagram
Pattern - Florentine Diagram
Pattern - Bellpull Finish - Square Buttonhole Edging

  • Note
  • 1. Stitch count includes extra fabric at top of design required for bellpull hardware sleeve (2" minimum allowance is required).
  • Instructions
  • 1. Stitch design centered on fabric. NOTE: Black X's are used for button placement only. Do not stitch.
  • Crossed Corners Cushion
  • 1. Form flower heads with both layers being worked with same floss. Stitch top layer of over stitches to begin in corner where flower stems are. Use diagram for flower ‘blossoms' above Summer and reverse stitching for flower ‘blossoms' below Summer.
  • Algerian Eyelet
  • 1. Should be worked from outer edge tightening stitch when floss is at outer edges. This will open center slightly.
  • Florentine
  • 1. Is made by rows of vertical stitches (usually over 4 to 6 fabric threads). For this design, work stitching over 3 fabric threads. For top row, work DMC 4200 first; then work DMC 4050 for bottom row.
  • Bellpull Finish - Square Buttonhole Edging
  • 1. The outer edging of bellpull is worked in a very simple stitch, a buttonhole or blanket stitch.
  • 2. Create a channel (to make it easier to stitch straight border), by pulling out a vertical thread on either side of bellpull. Measure carefully to left and right, and pull thread after the one buttonhole stitching will be worked over. Pulling this one fabric strand will leave an obvious stitching line ensuring bellpull will remain straight and even. The same can be done at top of bellpull by pulling a horizontal thread.
  • 3. NOTE: Trim any serging or zigzag stitching from long side edges of fabric and carefully strip threads from long sides of fabric (well away from stitched area, to stitch with. The advantage of this method is the threads will match the fabric exactly.
  • 4. Once the stitching and buttonhole edging are complete, trim excess fabric away from stitching. Always cut with scissors held to left of outer edge of buttonhole. For bottom corners, use small pair of sharp scissors and start at inside corner. Insert scissor tip into hole shared by adjoining buttonhole stitching. Gather three or four fabric threads onto blade, bringing tip of scissor blade back up through fabric in final hole so only threads to be cut are on blade, and make cut.
  • 5. Once cutting is complete, make sleeve. Fold 1" of top edge of bellpull down to back of fabric. Use matching thread color (or a stripped fabric strand) to tack top edge of fabric in place, forming sleeve for hardware. Be sure stitching cannot be seen from front by only catching those woven fabric strand that cross over (on back of fabric). Wash and press bellpull at this point before adding buttons.
  • 6. Attach buttons as seen in picture.