Tutorial! Cross stitch notebook
We have these little blank books. Some are totally blank and some have grid paper. They are so useful (you should always have something handy to scribble notes on, write lists on, or just to hand your kid to draw on) and they are also basically a blank canvas (on a blank canvas…) So my head is always just swarming with ideas for decorating them. Especially as we add fun new products to our stock like rubber stamps, washi tape, faux leather, mod podge, etc. Man, the ideas! I keep saying, “I’m going to do this project where I decorate a blank book every week” and then I don’t do it.
And then! I got the itch to cross stitch. That’s a strong itch for me. I love to cross stitch and it usually happens really spontaneously like here or here and it’s not a traditional sort of cross stitch. I like it because it’s soothing and sort of rhythmic and it’s simple but requires your focus, and you can do it for two seconds and put it down and pick it up and take it anywhere and oh! I grabbed some supplies and dropped everything else and started this project and I am so pleased with the results!
I chose the awesomely nerdy eyeglasses pattern that Rachel (now of The Fold Line) made for us when she did a tutorial on some amazing cross stitch buttons. My husband wears terribly hip Warby Parker glasses that we have to buy in the States (the pencils in these pics are from the store in Seattle), and this pattern made me think of him.
Want to make a cross stitch notebook too? Of course you do! Here we go.
You will need:
*A pattern (you can find mine here, or use anything you like!)
*A blank book
*A tapered tailor’s awl
*Embroidery floss. I used black.
*An embroidery needle
*Some washi tape, or any tape that can easily be removed from paper. Test first!
Cut out your pattern and tape it to your book. I printed the pattern page at 150% for this project and then cut it out. I taped it to the inside because I was worried about marking up the front of the book with tape, but it didn’t show. So, up to you. If your pattern isn’t reversible, you may need to do it on the front.
Use your tailors awl to poke the holes in the grid where your stitches will go. You could probably get away without one of these, as I discovered that the embroidery needle I used could pierce the cover of the book, but it was helpful for marking out a really clear grid. I realised after I started that I’d need holes for the half stitches, but I made those later.
Tape the pages of your book together. I didn’t do this, but I wish I did, so that nothing got wrinkled (see the wrinkles?) Make sure you use removable tape!
You can even let your kiddo help!
Finish the back. I shouldn’t even have this as a step because I didn’t really finish the back. I thought about putting tape on it, covering it, but I tried to keep things neat as I stitched so honestly it’s not bugging me. And I didn’t take a picture! So there you go. I’ll update with a picture so you can weigh in!
Take your notebook everywhere. And when everyone asks where you got it, bask in the “I made it” glow!