5 internet-inspired cross stitch patterns to memorize your home

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Internet memes will never really die, especially when immortalized in a thread.

Crafts and home decor inspiration is easy to find because you can find it literally anywhere. Just think about what makes you happy – and what makes us happier than the internet?

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There are a ton of things you can do to pay homage to your favorite medium, but there is nothing healthier and more satisfying than finishing a pretty cross stitch.

Here are some basic materials you will need to get started:


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And, of course, you will need a template. We’ve designed a few based on our favorite memes to get you started.

Each design can be downloaded by right clicking and saving the image. The designs are created based on 10 stitch fabric, and most will need at least a nine inch hoop.

If you choose a fabric with a higher number it will affect the size of your finished product – so feel free to modify as you see fit.

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We chose to honor Dat Boi, Damn, Daniel, a tweet from Kanye, Beyoncé’s Lemonade and the “LOL nothing matters” meme.

To start

There are a few techniques for getting started in cross stitch. Although you can try several different stitches, all of the above patterns use an “X” shaped base stitch.

While some stitchers like to just read the design and embroider, another alternative is to mark the design, or the outline of the design, with a pencil or erasable fabric marker. This involves carefully counting the stitches to create the shapes.

However, once you’ve drawn your design on the fabric, sewing is basically like paint by numbers – and can be quite relaxing.

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Technique and tips

A few things to keep in mind as you sew:

1. Sew in a logical pattern. In other words, think about where your needle should go next and think about that when making your Xs. That way the back of your work stays as sharp as the front.

2. When it comes to sewing letters, start at the top left. Or think about how you would write the letter by hand and use it as a guide for where to start a letter. For example, I found a good place to start the lowercase “e” without having to work backwards, starting at the bottom of the loop – which is, coincidentally, how I would write the letter as well.

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3. When it comes to large blocks of stitches to create a shape, work in sections. For example, for the “Dat Boi” motif, I started with the head, then the arms, then the body, then the legs.

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4. Use a manageable amount of yarn at a time – about 18-24 inches is good. You don’t want to be swamped with thread and have it tied up.

To finish

When you are done with the patch, section, or even if you just ran out of thread, complete your stitch so that the needle is at the back. Next, tie a knot near the surface of the canvas. Double knot, if you need it.

When the piece is completely finished, you can either remove it from the hoop to sew it onto a pillow or garment, or you can frame the entire fabric.

You can also cut the excess around the hoop and use it as a finished product. Use hot glue to secure the fabric around the inside edge of the hoop for extra security.

Then hang in there and enjoy.

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