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FREE Pretty Bird Cross Stitch Pattern with Cut Out Card + Envelope Templates

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What better way to say Thank You, Congratulations or Happy Birthday, than with a pretty hand-stitched card made by you!

This tutorial will show you how to make a fun easy cross stitch card and matching envelope. You can get all the info and patterns here for free, so keep on reading!

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You will need the following 3 files to complete this FREE craft:

1. Click to download the Pretty Bird Card Cross Stitch Pattern

2. Click to download the Card Template

3. Click to download the Envelope Template

The JPEG images will open in a new window in your browser. RIGHT CLICK on each image, and either PRINT right away or choose SAVE AS to save them on your computer to print another time.

After you have all the files, stitch up your Pretty Bird Cross Stitch…it should only take a few hours 🙂

Then follow along with the steps below to make your Cut Out Card + matching Envelope!!

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The instructions are also included with the Envelope Template and Card Template, but there are some pretty pictures below that show you exactly how to make this fun little craft!

Step 1

After you have stitched the Pretty Bird Cross Stitch Pattern, print out the Envelope and Card Template.

Print the envelope on regular-weight printer paper, and use a nice card-stock or matte photo paper for the card.

Cut out the card and envelope pieces along the outside dotted lines.

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Step 2

Fold envelope sides and bottom into center. Fold card into thirds along dotted lines, and cut out center square (shaded area). Step 2

Step 3

Tape your finished piece of stitching into the center of the card opening.

Notice the masking tape here- the previous photo shows a roll of scotch (clear) tape. I don’t recommend using it 🙂

The masking tape is much nicer to use on your aida cloth.

Step 3

Step 4

The last step uses a glue-stitck to glue the envelope bottom flap to the two side flaps. Also glue the card flap down around your taped cross stitch, being careful not to get any glue on the fabric.

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That’s it, you’re done!! Don’t forget to add your name in the “Stitched by” section!

I hope you all have fun making this cute card!

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Cheryl @ Tiny Modernist


Free Easter Cross Stitch Pattern

It’s bunny time again! Here is a sweet little Easter pattern FREE to download!

Just RIGHT CLICK on the image, and SAVE AS to save it onto your desktop. It will open in Adobe reader.

Easter Bunny Cross Stitch Pattern


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FREE spring Tulip Cross Stitch Pattern PDF download

Hello all!

Here’s a short and sweet post for you…click on this link for a nice free pattern for spring!

If you want to save the pattern to your desktop, just right-click on the image and “save as”.

As always, please respect handmade. My patterns are for personal use only.

Thanks, and happy stitching!

Cheryl @ Tiny Modernist



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FREE Valentine’s Cross Stitch Pattern- Cute Raccoon with Heart

I’ve been loving Raccoons lately. They are showing up in trendy fabrics on Spoonflower, artsy illustrations, or if you’re looking for a stitchy project- check out my own Raccoon with Red Chevron Cross Stitch Pattern. Here’s a sampling of some original raccoon-y things for you to be inspired by (I know I was…heehee)

racoon sampler

1. Scamper Raccoon by Birch Fabrics
2. Raccoon Family Portrait by papersparrow
3. R is for Raccoon by Kirstie Edmunds
4. Raccoon Male Print by Berkley Illustration

And now for the free pattern! It’s a cute raccoon with a little heart. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner…and this might work as a card? A little framed gift?  Or read my tutorial on block-mounting your finished x-stitch onto canvas!

Click here to download this pattern for FREE.

Happy Stitching!


raccoon heart

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Cross Stitchers are a different breed…

Happy New Year!

To start off 2013, I thought it would be fun to share my fave stitching place. Most of the actual x-stitch design takes place on the computer, but when I stitch, I like to be comfortable! My favorite chair is a vintage Eames Rocker that we had re-covered in a black and cream checkerboard print a few years ago. It’s always been “my” chair- it started in the nursery when I had my first daughter and I have many memories of rocking her to sleep (and those early sleepless nights were mostly bearable on a comfy rocker). It’s now in the living room- and I like that it has such sentimental value.

Here is how my perfect evening would go: the kids go to sleep without a fuss (right!), then I can relax with a show, my latest x-stitch, and a nice cup of herbal tea. What is your favorite spot to stitch? Let me know!!

fave chair

PS I staged the photo a bit for your viewing pleasure! The little side table is usually an overflowing mess of cross stitch charts, floss, aida cloth, scissors, and my teacup 🙂

Oh ya! I hope you enjoy this little rhyme. It gave me a few chuckles when I can across it in a vintage “Cross Stitch & Country Crafts” magazine this evening. (Yes, I have a small but *cool* collection of vintage cross stitch magazines from my grandmother- it pays to have crafty relatives I think).

The Cross-Stitchers Verse

Cross-Stitchers are a different breed-

The things we hope for, the things we need.

We wish for floss to finish that row.

We sometimes wish for our guests to go.


We wait all day for that time to be-

That special time- that time for ME.

Each needle is threaded, the colors arrayed,

Scissors and chart are carefully laid.


Now we relax, this is our pleasure-

Stitching this piece of soon-to-be-treasure.

We always ignore that mental warning-

Stitching all night makes it rough in the morning.


But time’s unimportant, we don’t heed clocks-

We just need floss and a sewing box.

Our project awaits us, now we proceed.

This must be heaven, what more could we need?

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Retro Modern Needlepoint Pillows at Jonathan Adler

Do you love the look of vintage needlepoint pillows, but (like me!) don’t have the time or energy to stitch one yourself?

Than you will love these Jonathan Adler pillows!! They are retro mod cool with a 60s flare and best of all, they don’t require any DIY stitching 🙂

Here are a few of my favorites!!

(You can click on the images, and it will take you right to their website…)