Canadian Flag Cross Stitched Pillow

I am waiting for the day my friend Bobbie, my Whovian, Trekkie, filmmaker friend, gets fed up and says “ENOUGH WITH THE HANDMADE PRESENTS!” Until then, I’m happy to crank out the nerdy craft stuff when birthdays and holidays come around. He recently added “Canadaphile” to his list of interests (after experiencing the hospitality of our neighbors to the north on a trip to Montreal and Halifax) and when his birthday rolled around, I thought something with that northern flavor would suit best for his 30th birthday.

12″ x 36″ 8 oz. canvas
14 x 14 cross stitch cloth
8 oz. bag of polyfill
Craft Smart red acrylic paint
Red cotton embroidery floss
Black cotton embroidery floss
Antique white cotton embroidery floss
Antique white button thread
1″ craft brush
Tapestry needle
Scissors

I slightly underestimated how much time it would take to complete this project (cross stitch takes time!) and ended up doing it for most of two days in Bobbie’s guest room, which I share with my kitty niece and nephew, Porkchop (the bossy calico) and Kal-El (the curious black cat), whenever I’m in St. Louis.

Using my laptop as a light box, I was able to trace an outline of the Canadian maple leaf with my pencil.

Once the outline was done, I started cross stitching the pattern in red. The caption is a bit cheeky (apologies to any and all Canadians) but I knew it would make Bobbie laugh.

Once the cross stitch pattern was completed, I folded the canvas in half and cut out a small window slightly smaller than the pattern. When the window was done, I painted the “front” window side with two coats of red craft paint.

After the paint had dried, I used red and white embroidery floss to secure the cross stitch pattern inside the window, turned the sham inside out and began sewing the three open sides.

Once the three sides were sewn up, I flipped the sham right-side-out, filled it with polyfill and stitched up the last side.

I was ridiculously pleased with how this turned out and am coming up with designs for a few others (maybe a Union Jack next time…?).

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~ by blackmoodcraft on May 18, 2013.

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