Needlepoint crafts are something I never really have been into because of the TIME it takes to create something! I’ve only done a hand full of smocking projects in my lifetime because it takes hours to finish a smocking plate or bishop dress! Cross stitch is a needle point craft that is super easy for beginners! It is something I want to teach my son, so I decided I would start on a project, have him watch me, and then slowly introduce the skill to him! He is all into “the original Mario” (pixel version) and asked for an adorable Mario Monopoly game that has all the characters as little pixel people! That inspired me to chart out the Mario for my cross stitch design! I just eyed the design by looking at the figure, but I drew it out for all of you to print for reference! (click here)
There are a few types of stitches in cross stitch but for this project, it’s all made by just making an “x” in the woven cross stitch fabric! You can’t get any easier than that! To start, just pick out some DMC floss (embroidery floss), cross stitch fabric, small embroidery hoop, and a needle! I’ve linked to Amazon so you can make your purchases (affiliate links) or you can pick up the supplies in person! I think I spent maybe $10 on the embroidery fabric, floss, and hoop at Walmart! Here’s a starter pack I found on Amazon that might make it easier!
To make the stitches, check out this wonderful picture tutorial here!
Now, gather your materials and turn on Netflix. I give you permission to Netflix and Stitch! The best way to be productive and binge watch a show at the same time!
Once your cross stitch pattern is complete, gather some fabric scraps and a zipper and let’s make a little pouch! This is NOT a lined pouch. I decided that I was just going to go for quick and easy since I’m not a huge fan of zippers. This is seriously the easiest way to put in a zipper and start to finish on this little pouch is probably 20 minutes tops!
Cut your cross stitch pattern out in a 4″x4″ square or other desired measurement. With your fabric scraps, cut out 2 strips 4″x1.5″ and 2 strips 6.5″x2.5″
Sew the side strips first with a .5″ seam allowance and then sew the top and bottom strips.
Turn the project around (ignore my rats nest of a back!!!) and press the seam open so that you can pin a zipper right against the seam. If your zipper is too long, simply cut it to size and add some stitching to the bottom of the zipper teeth.
With a zipper foot on your sewing machine, sew the zipper to the seam
Cut out a back from your fabric scraps (approximately 10″x6.5″) and a strip of fabric for the pouch strap (approximately 20″x 3″)
Sew the strap by folding both long edges to the middle and then folding again closed. Sew on both sides of the long edge close to the folded edge.
Sandwich the strap between the front and back of the pouch making sure the right sides of the front and back face each other. Pin in place.
Step 8 (final)
Open the zipper and then sew all around each edge of the pouch. Clip the corners and turn right side out through the zipper opening! You’re finished!
You did it! What will you put in your pouch?