How to Make a Ribbon Cross

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How to Make a Ribbon Cross
Yarn plastic canvases work also for ribbon crosses. (cross-stitch image by Lytse from

Ribbon crosses and plastic canvasses come already made, but plastic canvasses also come in large squares allowing you to cut your own cross. By weaving the ribbons through the holes in the plastic canvas, you make stunning designs in the plastic cross. Most plastic canvas stitch kits come with yarn, but a ribbon cross needs satin ribbon to achieve the right look.

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Things you need

  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
  • Ribbon
  • Plastic canvas cross

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  1. 1

    Measure your plastic canvas and cut ribbons into lengths that are 2 inches longer than the length of the cross. Use a yarn needle and thread one ribbon.

  2. 2

    Start at the centre of the horizontal face of the cross, push the ribbon through, then draw the needle through the next hole of the plastic canvas in any direction, continuing to thread with the yarn needle; thread until you reach the edge of the cross.

  3. 3

    Thread the needle again to start working in the next row or column, repeating the same step as above.

  4. 4

    Add another colour to the cross and start at the same centre location as the first ribbon, weaving the thread at the start in the opposite direction. So if you threaded the ribbon vertically, thread the next colour horizontally so the two colours are perpendicular.

  5. 5

    Thread each colour of ribbon in the two directions. Each colour weaves from the centre. At the edges, either cut the ribbon so that the ends do not hang, or you may whipstitch the ends over one of the cross arms to finish.

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