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DIY Cross Stitch Pillow That Makes Me Happy

Use a saying to make this pretty DIY cross stitch pillow cover (with the free printable pattern) – and then add a cute pom pom trim!

DIY cross stitch pillow

Hello DIY Candy! This is Sam from the Pretty Life Girls, and I have the funnest little craft to share with you today.

I made this cross-stitched pillow recently for my new baby’s nursery, and I love how it turned out. Also, cross-stitching is super therapeutic for me so it helped calm the major anxiety I had from having my first child!

A custom-made pillow like this one is the perfect touch for a room that needs just a little sprucing, and it would make the sweetest gift for a baby shower, wedding, etc.

Anyway . . . enough about how great it is. Here is what I did.

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Cross Stitch Pillow

What you need:

  • Blank pillow cover (I used this one)
  • Cross-stitch hoop
  • Cross-stitch thread
  • Cross-stitch needle
  • Pom pom string
  • Cross-stitch pattern
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What you do:

1. Mark your cross-stitch pattern on your pillow cover. Or, if your pillow cover is made of a fabric that has a grid pattern, you can just look at the pattern and freehand the cross-stitch (this is what I did).

2. Place the cross-stitch hoop on the pillow cover, surrounding the pattern area, to get the fabric nice and tight.

3. Cross-stitch your heart out, changing thread colors whenever you wanna.

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4. Pin the pom pom string around the edge of your pillow cover.

5. Stitch the pom poms in place with matching thread.

6. Put a pillow in the cover, and put it somewhere cute.

DIY cross stitch pillow
Make a DIY cross stitch pillow
How to make a DIY cross stitch pillow

There you have it. Happy cross-stitching! And be sure to come and  visit my sister and me as we blog about style, food, and the things we love over at The Pretty Life Girls.

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Tuesday 2nd of August 2016

Wow, I adore this sweet pillow!! My only question--I am wanting to do one similar, but since this pattern is unavailalable (Oh so sad!) I'm looking at others. But how do you adjust the pattern to fit the pillow size? IE how to make a pattern designed for a 6-in hoop fit in this pillow size?

Thank you so much!


Friday 31st of July 2015

I am wanting to make me own pillow using a picture that I have and the web site that I am making the pattern through needs to know the fabric count of the fabric that I am using. . Does this pillow have the square grid like the aida fabric I would normally use? and if so what would you say the fabric count is?