How to cross-stitch your family
Would you like to cross-stitch your family?
This project is so simple and fun, plus the finished result is a wonderful family gift, worth framing for keeps (we did)!
I saw this project at Martha Stewart and knew right away that I wanted to do it. I had to include Nonno Bear too (he IS part of the family after all). I’m really pleased with how it turned out!
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To cross-stitch your family, you will need:
- graph paper (print it for free here)
- coloured felt tip pens
- cross stitch fabric (Aida, Evenweave linen, or Zweigart Linda evenweave)
- a needle
- stranded cotton in an array of colours
COST: a few quid
TIME: over an hour (though you can easily do this in front of the TV!)
How-to cross-stitch your family:
Use the clever templates at marthastewart.com and tweak them to look like your family members on graph paper. There was no design for a teddy, but I couldn’t leave Nonno Bear out of our family – he is very special to Pickle!
Once you’re happy with your design, transfer it to the fabric (one square of graph paper represents one cross stitch).
It really is as easy as that. If you’ve never tried cross-stitch, here’s a how-to do it at iVillage. I edged my stitches (in the same colour) to neaten the design, then framed and put it up on the wall.
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17 thoughts on “How to cross-stitch your family”
I am in LOVE with this! Looks just like your boys too 😀
Thanks Kate! It was much easier than I thought it would be too 🙂
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Oh, they are absolutely gorgeous! I love cross stitch and I have lots of odd bits of thread, this would be the perfect project, thank you for sharing! #pintorials
Thank you Jennifer! It’s a great project for using little bits of thread 🙂
I love this, I’d have to include Dog and Cat as they are the only members of my family that aren’t taller than me.
LOL Hellie! 😀
Pets are definitely important family members.
I like this! I used to do cross stitch. You did a great job! Thank you for linking it with us #pintorials
Thanks Eileen! Cross stitch is something I come back to again and again – I find it so relaxing 🙂
I absolutely love this!! Sharing on my FB page today!
Thanks so much Clarissa! 😀
This is brilliant, I haven’t done any cross stitch since I was young! #Pintorials
Thanks Sara! I love cross-stitch – you can’t really go wrong as long as you start small and follow a pattern – it’s great for a special birthday card or Christmas gifts x
Brilliant! I have lots of thread and aida from old projects so I can easily get started on my own version. Thanks so much for sharing x #pintorials
Yay! Will you share it once you’re done? I’d love to see… x
Oh I absolutely love this! So cute.
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