Cross Stitch Patterns For Pet Ornaments

Cross Stitch Ornaments For Your Pets

If you have a pet or know someone else who has a pet that they dearly love a little saying backstitched on an ornament to hang on your Christmas tree would be a great thing to have.

If you consider your pet a part of your family why not make an ornament for them? Usually there is at least one ornament on your tree representing each member of the family, why not one for your cat or dog?

Gather together your supplies.
Gather together your supplies. | Source

Getting Your Materials Together

After you decide which pattern you wish to do you need to get all of your materials together. For all of these pattern except for Love, Love, Bark you will only need to choose one color. You will also be doing only the backstitch.

So, the material you will need to complete your project is as follows:

  • scissors: make sure they are sharp or the will fray the ends of your embroidery floss.
  • Embroidery floss: choose a bright color or favorite color.
  • Cross stitch or tapestry needle: size 24 is the best size.
  • Small embroidery hoop: for beginning stitchers it is always best to use a hoop to keep the aida cloth taunt so your stitches are even.
  • Aida cloth: I usually advise that 14 count aida be tried for beginners. It is large enough to see the holes and small enough so the patterns looks nice. Make sure that you cut the piece large enough so that it fits inside the hoop with about an inch or so outside the hoop.
  • Masking tape: I use masking tape to keep the edges of the Aida cloth from fraying. I use either 1" or 1 1/2" wide masking tape.


Finding center of Aida cloth
Finding center of Aida cloth | Source

Finding the Center of a Piece of Aida Cloth

The first thing you need to do before beginning the cross stitching is to cut you piece of aida cloth. You need to know the count sixe of your piece of aida. I suggest you use 14 count. That means there are 14 stitches per inch.

When you look at your pattern you can count out how many stitches there are across and how many down then divide them by 14. This will tell you how many inches big the stitching area is. Or you can read on the patterns the stitching area size. You then add 2 to 3 inches to the stitching size and cut you aida.

In other words if the stitching size is 2 inches by 3 inches you cutting size is 4 or 5 inches by 5 or 6 inches.

Once you have cut your aida to the correct size I advise that you use masking taped to fold over each edge to keep the aida cloth from fraying. It will also keep it from stretching as much.

Now fold the aida cloth in half length wise than in half width wise. Look at the picture above. You have found the center of your aida cloth. See how I marked it with a needle. Do the same until you make your first stitch.

Cats do love Christmas
Cats do love Christmas | Source

Cats Love Christmas Too

This patterns measures 20 lines wide by 22 lines high. The center is 2 lines to the left of the top of the t in Christmas.

Good for a cat or a dog.
Good for a cat or a dog. | Source

Dear Santa Paws I was Good

This saying is 34 lines wide by 13 lines high. The middle is 2 lines down from the bottom of the first line down in the n in Santa.

This is a favorite for dog and cat lovers
This is a favorite for dog and cat lovers | Source

I'm Too Sexy For My Fur

This saying is 30 lines wide by 13 spaces high. The center would be 2 spaces below the end of the o in too and 2 paces above the last point in the m in my.

I love this one for dogs
I love this one for dogs | Source

Deck The Halls With Mounds of Biscuits

The size of this saying is 30 lines wide by 18 lines high. The center of this piece would be the stem of the m in mounds.

Good dog saying
Good dog saying | Source

Dogs Leave Paw Prints On Your Heart

The size of this saying is 28 lines wide by 19 lines long. The center of this piece is the bottom of the i in prints.

You may not have a Hippo as a pet but this is a good example of an ornament you can make.
You may not have a Hippo as a pet but this is a good example of an ornament you can make. | Source

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always exploring 16 months ago from Southern Illinois

This is an interesting hub. I can't cross-stitch but the idea is so cute. Thank you for sharing. BTW your instructions are informative and easy to follow. Thank you. Voted up.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 16 months ago from Sunny Florida Author

@always exploring I love to cross stitch and back stitch. I have been making these little patterns for years.


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aviannovice 16 months ago from Stillwater, OK

This is such a great idea. These are really adorable.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 16 months ago from Sunny Florida Author

aviannovice thanks, they are simple and quick to do.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 16 months ago

This looks like so much fun! A great idea to relax.

I use to crochet. I miss it so much after reading this.

I would need someone to sit next to me to show the example, I think.

Maybe I will try with the videos first. If I can get myself to sit and relax without working so much.

Beautiful, interesting, useful & Shared. thanks for the peaceful idea!

Hugs!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 16 months ago from Sunny Florida Author

Jo Goldsmith11 it is fun and easy to do. I think you should get back to crocheting. I hope you do.


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Nell Rose 16 months ago from England

Really cute idea! not something I would be good at as my dad would say, I am cac handed! (left handed)! lol! but its an awesome idea!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 15 months ago from Sunny Florida Author

@Nell Rose I think you could do you. It's simple backstitch. I learned how to stitch from my grandmother who was left handed and I am right handed.


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nicomp 15 months ago from Ohio, USA

I love how you get the curves and arcs over an orthogonal base. As an engineer it fascinates me.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 15 months ago from Sunny Florida Author

@nicomp thanks. You learns how to do it by a lot of practice.


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Genna East 15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

This is so cool. I only wish I was better with my hands in sewing and crocheting -- but I'm all thumbs. So I can appreciate this art and skill. Thank you for sharing.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 15 months ago from Sunny Florida Author

Genna East it really is an easy craft. Thanks for stopping in.


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DDE 15 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A very well shared hub. So interesting on all aspects of this topic. Tweeted.


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Rabadi 13 months ago from New York

Awesome awesome idea looks like fun! Great read I am now following you, looking forward to reading more of you hubs :)


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 13 months ago from Sunny Florida Author

DDE I love cross stitching so a hub about it is natural for me. I am glad you enjoyed it.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 13 months ago from Sunny Florida Author

Rabadi it is a lot of fun. I think it also makes great gifts for pet lovers.


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tobusiness 12 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Great hub! I would love to do this, unfortunately, time is the enemy right now so I'll be saving the information for later and sharing. I voted too sexy in the poll, but I loved them all.


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tobusiness 12 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Hi again, I can't seem to find a single share button so I've linked the page from the bottom of the hub.


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Nell Rose 12 months ago from England

Came back for another read as I recently was given all these materials because, and I quote ' I think you will love making a picture with this....' unquote!!! from my sister in law! LOL! so, I will give it a go now! great hub, and yes I will be reading it when I start my attempt at making something!


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sujaya venkatesh 11 months ago

very interesting

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