Cross-Stitch Keeping Watch Pillow


  • Zweigart 32-count White Belfast Linen
  • Cotton print fabric, 3/4 yd.
  • Purple cotton fabric, 1/2 yd.
  • Coordinating-color sewing thread
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss
  • Polyester fiberfill stuffing
  • Pillow form, 7”x11”


  • Sewing needle and sewing machine
  • Tapestry needle, #24
  • Disappearing ink pen

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: >1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: >2 strands
  • French Knot: >1 strand (wrapped two times)
  • Straight Stitch: >1 strand (unless otherwise noted)

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins


Size / Stitch Count

  • 1. Design, 9-1/4”x5-1/2”; finished project, 14”x10”; stitch count, 149 w x 89 h;


  • 1. All seam allowances are 1/2”.


  • 1. Cross-stitch design centered on fabric over two threads. Backstitch design as indicated using one strand floss. Straight stitch design as indicated using one strand floss; straight stitch border using two strands floss.
  • 2. Using disappearing ink pen, measure and mark 1-1/4” from edge of finished design. Trim finished cross-stitch piece to measure approximately 14-1/2”x10-3/4”.
  • 3. For ruffle, cut print fabric strip to measure 4”x80”, piecing as necessary. Fold wrong sides together lengthwise; baste and gather fabric strip. Turn strip under 1” on one end.
  • 4. With right sides together, starting with turned under end of strip, with raw edges even (ruffle toward center), pin ruffle in place along cross-stitch rectangle. Adjust gathers as you go, overlapping ends. Sew strip in place. Trim seam. Press ruffle to center, pinning to keep in place away from seam.
  • 5. For backing fabric, cut 14-1/2”x10-3/4” purple fabric rectangle. With right sides together, sew purple rectangle and cross-stitch rectangle together, leaving opening at bottom for turning and to insert pillow form. Turn rectangle right side out. Remove pins from ruffle.
  • 6. Insert pillow form into finished rectangle. Slipstitch opening closed.


  • 1. For helpful stitching information, check out the stitch diagrams shown under Stitch Types located on our Tutorials Tab.
by Vicki Fisher for Angelic Crafts


Cross-Stitch Keeping Watch Pillow
Cross-Stitch Keeping Watch Pillow