DIY Cross Stitch Pattern

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
  • Needles
  • 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.

Cross stitch sketch

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.

Cross stitch graph

4. Pick out embroidery floss to match the colors you’ve chosen.

Cross stitch colors

5. Start stitching! If you’re new to cross stitch, I recommend watching this tutorial.

Cross stitch stitching

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!