Cross Stitch Backpack - Unique Cross Stitch Project
This post isn't a tutorial, but I wanted to share one of my favorite completed cross stitch projects - a kid's backpack with cross stitch as the front panel.
A while ago, I completed a cross stitch piece from a Stoney Creek magazine that I wasn't quite sure what to do with because it didn't fit into my house theme. Since I had no idea how I wanted to display this piece, I set it to the side.
But, one day when I was searching for sewing projects, I stumbled across the perfect way to finish my cross stitch piece!
As soon as I saw the free backpack pattern by SewMuchADo, I knew I had to try to get the cross stitch piece onto the backpack. Instead of cutting out cotton fabric for the front of the backpack, I cut out my cross stitch and a piece of clear vinyl - I do not recommend this for a cross stitch piece that you will be devastated if you mess up (cutting and sewing errors can occur and potentially ruin your piece).
*Also, I omitted the bunny ears and tail from the sewing pattern.
Below are photos of many different angles of the backpack I sewed up. Although I had fun sewing up this project, it wasn't easy, but I am excited to gift this to a little girl someday to be played with.
*For anyone interested, the cross stitch portion of the backpack is "Ocean Fantasy" in the Stoney Creek Magazine Sept./Oct. 1996 Volume 8, Number 5.
If nothing else, I hope this helps show that you can be really creative with cross stitch if you want. Although framed pieces are beautiful, incorporating cross stitch into other projects is a fun, rewarding option.
Feel free to comment below about any of your cross stitch finishes (especially your favorites). :)
Thanks for reading!
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Unfortunately the way my website works, I can’t directly respond to you, so another comment is the best I can do. If I didn’t make a fun project out of this piece, it most likely would have ended up unframed sitting in a drawer. If a future niece enjoys it, I’m am more than happy with that. :) I completely get why some people wouldn’t want to do this with a piece though. A ton of work goes into it.