Cross-Stitch Keeping Watch Pillow

By  Vicki Fisher  for  Angelic Crafts

Stitch away the cold winter nights by creating this beautiful pillow as a warm welcome for spring. The designer was inspired to create this cross-stitch piece by a mother bird that made a nest in her tree and was "watching over" her eggs.

  • 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

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, ruler, straight pins

Stitch Types

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

Pattern - Cross-Stitch Keeping Watch Pillow

  • Size / Stitch Count
  • 1. Design, 9-1/4"x5-1/2"; finished project, 14"x10"; stitch count, 149 w x 89 h;
  • Note
  • 1. All seam allowances are 1/2".
  • Pillow
  • 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.
  • Tip
  • 1. For helpful stitching information, check out the stitch diagrams shown under Stitch Types located on our Tutorials Tab.