In sixth grade, Mrs. B gave the entire class sewing projects for Christmas. From then on, I became a fan of cross stitch. It’s a wonderful sewing project for kids to start, because it’s easy, fun and looks wonderful afterward. With Christmas around the corner, cross stitched crafts are the perfect sewing projects kids can make as sewing Christmas gifts.
So how to start cross stitching? Well, first you need some supplies.
Cross stitch supplies you need
– A pair of scissors
– A small embroidery hoop
– An aida fabric
– A 6-strand embroidery floss
– A size 24 tapestry needle
Now you are ready to make your first cross stitch. Here is how:
Making your first cross stitch
Clasp the aida fabric in the embroidery loop. Make sure that there are a few inches of fabric overlapping the hoop.
Cut the embroidery floss into desired length (10 – 14 inches is an ideal length), and separate the strands. To start, I suggest 2 strands at a time.
Thread the needle with your strand and tie a waste knot at the end.
If you don’t have a pattern to follow, just pick a square in the middle of your aida fabric to start the cross stick at.
From the back, insert the needle into a hole that is the lower left corner of your square. Pull needle through on the front side, but NOT all the way. The waste knot you tied should help stop the thread from coming all the way through.
Now that the needle is through the corner hole of your square, facing up, insert it down into the diagonal hole in the same square. This hole should be the upper right.
Pull the needle through in the back, but do not tug on it. Leave the stitch kind of loose.
Insert needle through the lower right corner of the square, pulling it out to the front again.
Finish the cross by inserting the needle through the last hole of the square.
Secure the cross stitch by sliding the needle under the existing stitches already in the back.
Congratulations! You have just made your first cross stitch!
If you wish to sew a row of cross stitches, just repeat the single stitch until desired length.
With Mrs. B, we actually drew our own patterns with pencils. We just penciled in pictures of a Christmas tree or a stocking. If your kids are good at drawing, then I suggest they draw their own sewing patterns on the aida.
But if you want to follow existing patterns, there are many Christmas patterns for free. Here are some useful links:
There are many sewing projects for kids, but cross stitch is one of the easiest to start with. Not only does cross stitch make great sewing Christmas gifts, it is also a nice way to bond with your little ones.