When I was in Waldorf School, we had this really sweet handwork project where all the kids got a piece of cross stitch fabric and stitched a pattern of our own design. Then we sewed it to a piece of blue linen with a zipper on one side and made a little pouch. I loved mine and used it for years until one day I dropped it in the H&M on 5th Avenue in New York and it was gone forever. All I can hope is that it is now somewhere having a Velveteen Rabbit-style new lease on life.
I decided it was time to try making another homemade cross stitch pouch, so I came up with this very simple DIY for making your own cross stitch pattern.
What you will need for this project:
- Sketch paper
- Graph paper (I prefer 10 squares/inch for all my design projects)
- Colored pencils
- Embroidery floss
- Embroidery hoop
- Cross stitch fabric
- Fabric scissors
- Measuring tool (ruler, tape measure)
1. With your paper and pencils, start by sketching out a rough draft of your pattern. I suggest something very simple to start.
2. Size: Make a few practice stitches on your cross stitch fabric to get a sense of gauge. Then chose the size you’d like and outline the project on your graph paper. Each colored square will represent one “X”.
3. Re-draw your pattern on the graph paper.
4. Pick out embroidery floss to match the colors you’ve chosen.
5. Start stitching! If you’re new to cross stitch, I recommend watching this tutorial.
When you’re done, if you’d like to make it into a pouch, my friend Kim over at Domestrocrat has a tutorial for making a lined bag. That’s my next step, as soon as my little spider monkey is old enough to be around a sewing machine!