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Cross Stitch Patterns for Pet Ornaments

Updated on July 21, 2019
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I have been stitching for most of my life and have created many patterns for this form of needle art.

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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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2015 Susan Hazelton

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