Monday, August 17, 2015

Paper Cross Stitch for Fall (free printable)

I've been cross stitching ever since I was a little girl and I love coming back to it time and again.  I think it's the nostalgic feel of handsewing and repetitive pattern left behind by the thread that wins me over.  Today I'm cross stitching on paper and sharing this paper cross stitch artwork along with the free printable patterns down below for you to make your own.

Simply stitched onto paper and then nailed to a piece of scrap wood this little acorn is too cute next to the big pumpkin.

I made the patterns and saved them for you to print here.  This is a Fall collection of shapes and images in their most simple form.

Embroidery floss gives such great texture and detail, I used all 6 strands as it comes off the skein so no splitting threads.  Be sure to keep all your stitches going in the same direction which makes the final piece very cohesive.

I used all different sizes of scrap wood to 'frame' the paper cross stitch images.  The wood is thick enough to stand up on its own but you could easily hang these images on the wall too.

Maybe I'll be making these apples for my kid's teachers this year.

And a spider because Halloween is coming up soon!

Who's looking for a fun, quirky and easy sewing project that makes great art as well as a nice simple gift idea?

Below in the step by step instructions to make the paper cross stitch artwork:

Step 1: Print the image onto heavy cardstock.  (The owl pattern is not in the link but I will be including it with an upcoming 'birthday' theme.)  With a piece of cardboard or self healing mat underneath the cardstock use a sharp needle to poke holes at the corners of the X .

Step 2: Thread the needle with embroidery floss, use all 6 strands for fullness.  Begin by coming up at one corner and go down on the diagonal to make half of the X.  Then come back up for the next X.  Typically I don't knot my thread but rather weave the tall under at the backside. 

Step 3: Once complete trim the art work to your desired size.

Step 4: Mount the artwork onto scrap wood using carpet tacks.

Enjoy and happy sewing!

I'm linking up to:

Flaunt Your Fall @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating


  1. These are so fun! Love that you can make them on paper and I really love how you mounted them on wood. Pinning!

  2. These are adorable! Needlework, paper and wood crafts combined to make a fantastic handmade look. I will be pinning this and can't wait to try it. I think the acorn and pumpkins are my favorites, but the apple is a close runner up and would be great to use for a teacher's gift. Thanks for sharing.
    Dorene @ Seasonal Chapters