DIY Giant Cross-Stitch Wall Art

DIY Giant Cross-Stitch Wall Art

by Esther Kao
WhollyKao

I recently saw Jessica Decker’s amazing giant cross stitch pieces, and was inspired to make my own. I grew up cross stitching, and remember how tedious and time-consuming it was. This is way faster. And, you’re left with something cool to hang on your wall!

DIY Giant Cross-Stitch Wall Art

Materials:
Large painting canvas (mine was 16″ x 20″)
Embroidery thread (or yarn)
Embroidery needle (you need one with a large eye)
Masking tape
Graph paper (or you can download your own graph printable graph paper here)
Colored pencils or markers
Acrylic paint (optional)

DIY Giant Cross Stitch Wall Art

Start by taping several sheets of graph paper together to make one that is the same size as your canvas. I had to tape 4 of my sheets together to fit my 16 x 20 art board.

DIY Giant Cross Stitch Wall Art

The next step is to create your artwork on the graph paper. Use your colored pencils to do this. Since I live in the South, I thought it’d be fun to make mine of a giant Texas. I googled “8-bit Texas” and used the images that popped up as reference to draw mine.
Just a hint on what to use as subject matter: simple images work best. (whether silouettes or outlines or an object). If you have something in mind, but aren’t sure how to translate it onto graph paper, try doing a google search for your subject matter in “8-bit.” This will give you the most simplified version of your image.

DIY Giant Cross Stitch Wall Art

Once you’re done with your pattern, center it on your canvas and tape the edges down.

DIY Giant Cross Stitch Wall Art

Next, take your embroidery needle and carefully punch a hole for each cross section on your pattern. You’re essentially creating a grid on the canvas. This is how you transfer your design onto the canvas without using pencil or carbon paper or anything that might mark up the work surface.

DIY Giant Cross Stitch Wall Art

Make sure to support the center of the canvas with your other hand while you do this so you don’t stretch out the fabric during this step.

DIY Giant Cross Stitch Wall Art

Now it’s time to stitch! Use your graph paper drawing as a guide for where to stitch (as well as how many stitches and what colors to use). It’s important to keep the thread taut as you create your cross stitches, or else the whole thing will look loose and saggy.

DIY Giant Cross Stitch Wall Art

Once you’re done with your stitching, you can add a splash of color to the canvas by painting the sides a fun color. To do this, use your masking tape to block off the center of the canvas. Then carefully paint the edges. Once the paint has dried, peel off the masking tape.

DIY Giant Cross Stitch Wall Art

Now step back and admire your handiwork!

If you’re interested in getting a DIY giant cross stitch kit, you can check out the ones that Jessica Decker made especially for Kollabora

Mandy Pellegrin

Esther Kao

Esther is a graphic designer and crafter who blogs over at WhollyKao.com. She also makes jewelry, and enjoys taking part in local craft fairs. Esther is a huge fan of yoga, the outdoors, and all kinds of popcorn.

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10 Comments

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  • Reply February 26, 2013

    Sarah

    I love this! I adore x-stitching but it takes a really long time! I have a comission from a friend that I’ve been working on for AAAAGES.

    I always want to give x-stitches as Christmas presents too but it’s just not feasable, time wise. This looks much easier :)

  • Reply February 26, 2013

    Just Jaime

    Really cool idea! I love that you made it on such a big scale!

  • Reply February 27, 2013

    Jaydee Decker

    It turned out great, Esther… I love it!

  • Reply February 28, 2013

    Vanessa

    I’m absolutely in love with this!

  • Reply March 20, 2013

    heidistitches

    Looks great! Did you use yarn or embroidery thread?

    • Reply March 21, 2013

      Alicia DiRago

      Hi Heidi – I think she used embroidery thread on this one. Glad you like it!

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