Today’s tip isn’t fast – in fact, it’s something that will take you quite a while. But it’s a project I’m working on for each of my girls, and I think it’s a wonderful keepsake. Cross stitch your child’s artwork: make a cross stitch of art your child has done.
First, run off a graph paper template. I choose 11 lines per inch on mine.
Then, take the graph paper template to a copy store and have a copy made on a transparency (plastic sheet) so it’s clear.
Then, put it over a picture your child has drawn:
Go to a store (or to your stash of embroidery floss) and choose colors to match the colors in the picture. Then, just cross stitch the picture as you would any other pattern.
Ta da! When choosing the aida cloth to cross stitch on, you’ll have different sizes of square to choose from. Just make a math problem out of it to determine which size you use – the more squares per inch, the smaller your finished product and vice versa. This is a picture my middle daughter made; my next project is my youngest daughter’s.
I love children’s artwork, and I love this project as a way to remember it!