Patriotic Pockets


  • 10”x10” White 14-count Aida
  • 6-strand Embroidery Floss (DMC)
  • Fabric, 10"x11": patriotic, solid (lining)
  • Coordinating ribbon


  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Fabric spray adhesive

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: >1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: >2 strands

Basic Supplies

needle, scissors, ruler, box


Size / Stitch Count

  • 1. Size: 3-1/8”x 3-5/8”; stitch count: 44 w x 52 h


  • 1. DO NOT STITCH POCKET OUTLINE - Use for making pocket. Dotted line to be used as folding line and pattern guide for pocket and lining.


  • 1. Print cross-stitch charts and keys. Stitch designs centered on fabric.
  • 2. Use dotted pocket outline on cross-stitch chart as pattern. Cut two pieces of patriotic fabric for pocket and two of solid fabric for lining 1/2" beyond outline on all sides.
  • 3. Sew sides and bottom of pocket with right sides together using 1/4” seam allowance. Do not turn right side out. Set aside.
  • 4. Sew sides and bottom of lining with right sides together using 1/4" seam allowance, leaving 1” opening along bottom. Turn right side out.
  • 5. Place lining inside pocket fabric with right sides together, sewing along top of pocket. Turn right side out using opening in lining to turn fabric. Sew opening closed; press.
  • 6. Cut cross-stitched design 3/8" beyond dotted pocket outline on all sides. Be careful - DO NOT CUT ON DOTTED LINE. Fold and press on dotted outline.
  • 7. To protect work surface from spray adhesive, place cross-stitch pieces with wrong sides up inside box. Following manufacturer's instructions, spray adhesive onto back side of design. Position cross-stitch design on stitched pocket front. Making sure design is properly aligned, start at one end and smooth design onto pocket.
  • 8. Cut two 6" ribbon lengths for each pocket. Stitch each ribbon to inside top corners of pockets as shown. Tie into bow.
by Frony Ritter


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