Cross stitch Easter canvas cross bookmarks are the perfect handmade Easter gifts. The materials are inexpensive, and each bookmark takes less than an hour to make. I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn in the Catholic liturgical colors of Lent and Easter, but you can easily substitute these colors for soft pastel or bright spring colors. Trim each cross in white or with the main color. Finish the bookmark with coordinated colored twine and a small gold or silver cross charm. This is a perfect project for those small spools of leftovers in your yarn stash.
- plastic canvas crosses
- craft or worsted weight yarn in liturgical, spring, or Easter colors
- trim: white
- twine in coordinating colors
- cross charms
- large eye blunt needles
Half cross stitch: Pull needle up through the back of the second square on the bottom right of the canvas. Insert the needle through the right front square diagonal to the first bottom stitch. Whip stitch: Pull the need up through the back of a single square on the canvas and in each stitch around.
- Yarn: Cut a 50-inch strand of yarn in the main color for each cross.
- Trim: Cut a 32-inch strand of yarn for trim for each cross, if a different color border is desired.
- Twine: Cut a 12-inch strand of twine for each cross.
Cross Stitch Easter Canvas Cross Bookmarks Tutorial
STEP 1: Attach charm to twine and insert twine into two top center holes of the canvas. Tie the two ends of twine in a small knot.
STEP 2: Beginning at the bottom of the cross, half cross stitch across and up filling the canvas. Make sure you include the two squares with the twine. Do not fasten off yarn. There will be a couple of squares that will be open but will be filled once you whipstitch the trim around the canvas. You will also need to make sure you don’t catch the twine in the cross stitch. Hold it back or roll it up until the canvas is filled.
STEP 3: Start trim in the nearest corner. Whip stitch around adding two stitches to each corner. Tie off and weave in or trim loose ends.
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