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modern cross stitch pillow

I love a good modern take on a traditional project.  This idea had been brewing in my mind for a while now and this weekend I just grabbed a plain pillow cover out of the linen closet, threaded up my needle and went at it to create this modern cross stitched pillow.  As I was going, I kept getting more and more excited about how it was turning out.  It was fun and simple to do, but produced a pillow that I feel like you could snag in the hippest of minimal Scandinavian design shops.




First, I mapped out where I wanted the stitches to be.  I used a water erasable marker (it washes out with water) to mark my spots.


Although each row was only 1.5″ from the next, the rows were staggered, so each mark ended up being 3″ from the next mark in it’s row – vertically or horizontally.

crossstitch pilow measurements

Next, I threaded the needle with double the thread, so when folded back on itself it formed a four ply stitch.


Lastly, I stitched about a 1 com cross stitch on each mark.  It took me about an hour to complete, but it was easy and kind of cathartic.  I listed to a few of my favorite podcasts and enjoyed the process.



I think it’s adorable!  I’m excited to add it onto my couch along with a few other black and white patterns.

What do you think?  Something you’d like to give a try?  I’ve even considered making a few for the shop… 

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  • What do I think? I think it’s genius! I make pillows for my business, some of which have stenciled crosses. My sister used to do cross-stitch all the time! I wonder if she would be persuaded to try this. Excellent post.

  • Hi there! I love, love, love this project! Can you tell us more about where you got the pillow cover? Thanks so much!

  • Absolutely love this! To be able to make this in any color is great!

  • Love the simple but graphic look. Did you carry the thread from cross to cross? Or tie it off after each one ??