Add a DIY Cross Stitch design to a shirt or sweater! This is a fun new fashion trend that you can create super cheap and show off your personal style.
Have you noticed that Cross Stitching is coming back? I use to Cross Stitch a lot when I was younger, but I hadn’t done it in ages. That is until I got the idea for this super cute Cross Stitch Sweater.
Supplies Used: Some links may be too similar items when exact items couldn’t be found online. Feel free to change the supplies to accommodate what you already own. These are just the supplies that I used.
I dug into all of my old Cross Stitch supplies and found some Tear Away Waste Canvas and 3 colors that would go well. I love it when I already have everything in my stash that I need.
The pattern for the Arrows I got from Storypiece. She has a link for a free download.
The first step was to pin the wast canvas to the front of the sweater. I wanted to make sure that it was secure and wouldn’t move around so I used a lot of safety pins. Also being very careful not to snag the sweater.
Then I started stitching. I wanted the X’s to be bigger than the canvas, so my X’s actually covered 4 holes on the canvas. I like to stitch in rows, so this is the first line of stitches in the first row.
Then I went back with the other stitch, making the X.
Here is the first Arrow. It already looks so cool!
The middle arrow I changed directions from the pattern, so they didn’t all face the right same direction. But here they are, all done.
This next step takes patience, and that is something that I am not good at. The waste canvas comes apart pretty easily, it just takes time. It helps to get the canvas wet and it comes apart even easier. But you basically have to pull one string out at a time. I found it easier to cut between the arrows and only work on one arrow at a time.
Yay, it is all Done! Only a little wet. So I let it dry overnight.
The next day it was all ready to wear. I got a lot of compliments on it too.
The entire project only took me a couple of hours to do. I even watched a movie while I did the stitching so time went by pretty quickly.
What Cross Stitch Pattern would you like on the front of your sweater?