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:

COST: a few quid
AGE: 5+
TIME: over an hour (though you can easily do this in front of the TV!)

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How-to cross-stitch your family:

Use the clever templates at 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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'How to cross-stitch your family' have 17 comments

  1. May 31, 2014 @ 7:33 am Kate Williams

    I am in LOVE with this! Looks just like your boys too 😀


    • June 1, 2014 @ 6:38 pm Hodge Podge

      Thanks Kate! It was much easier than I thought it would be too 🙂


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  3. June 17, 2014 @ 8:33 am Jennifer

    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


    • June 17, 2014 @ 9:51 pm Hodge Podge

      Thank you Jennifer! It’s a great project for using little bits of thread 🙂


  4. June 17, 2014 @ 1:36 pm Hellie's Corner

    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.


    • June 17, 2014 @ 9:52 pm Hodge Podge

      LOL Hellie! 😀
      Pets are definitely important family members.


  5. June 17, 2014 @ 6:58 pm Eileen Teo

    I like this! I used to do cross stitch. You did a great job! Thank you for linking it with us #pintorials


    • June 17, 2014 @ 9:53 pm Hodge Podge

      Thanks Eileen! Cross stitch is something I come back to again and again – I find it so relaxing 🙂


  6. June 17, 2014 @ 8:47 pm Clarissa Hooper

    I absolutely love this!! Sharing on my FB page today!


  7. June 17, 2014 @ 9:00 pm Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    This is brilliant, I haven’t done any cross stitch since I was young! #Pintorials


    • June 17, 2014 @ 10:06 pm Hodge Podge

      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


  8. June 19, 2014 @ 5:52 pm Louisa

    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


    • June 20, 2014 @ 9:40 am Hodge Podge

      Yay! Will you share it once you’re done? I’d love to see… x


  9. June 24, 2014 @ 6:02 pm Kathryn

    Oh I absolutely love this! So cute.


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