Contributed by Leanne Guenther
Two beginner cross stitch patterns for children to make for Fall! The first pattern works well as a bookmark on 8 or 11 count aida cloth (though those counts are a bit harder for the kids to use as the stitches are smaller). The second pattern would make a small pillow on 6 or 8 count aida -- just cut a piece of matching fabric to the same size as the finished project, sew together and stuff -- add a little bit of cinnamon and/or clove to the stuffing to give it a nice fall scent.
Both patterns also makes a nice picture on plastic canvas or 6 count aida (terrific for beginners!).
The words on this project require backstitching. If you're just starting to learn cross stitch, you can skip the words. (For example, on the autumn pattern, you can just cut the words off the pattern template before giving it to the child).
To learn more about cross stitching (including ideas on how to turn projects into bookmarks, pillows or pictures), check out our "How to Cross Stitch" directions.
When I do these projects with the girls, I encourage them fill in the white backgrounds with white cross stitch instead of leaving it unstitched.
The long rows of single colored stitches are terrific practice. But it's completely up to you! It does make the project take a lot longer.
Template 1: Orange and white
Template 2: see the template for recommendations for the colors needed
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