Instructions for a plastic canvas cross in my pocket

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Instructions for a plastic canvas cross in my pocket
The plastic canvas has holes between the weave. (Photosampler/iStock/Getty Images)

A plastic canvas cross in my pocket consists of a pocket made with the canvas that holds a cross. It can be placed in your pocket to remind you of your Christian faith and give you comfort. The plastic canvas is stitched together with yarn. You can make your own plastic canvas cross in my pocket to carry with you, or you can make one to give to a loved one or friend that shares your Christian faith.

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Things you need

  • Plastic canvas
  • Scissors
  • 3 different colours knitting yarn
  • Tapestry needle, size 20

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Count the holes of the plastic canvas and cut out the cross. Cut the plastic canvas on the centre of the holes that are located directly next to the ones you counted to leave little plastic bits on the ends. Count two holes wide and 12 holes long for the main vertical post of the cross. The arms are two holes wide, two holes down from the top of the cross, three holes out from either side of the vertical post (or 8 holes across from end to end). Count 11 holes wide and 16 holes high for the rectangle back of the pocket. Count 11-by-11 holes for the square front of the pocket.

  2. 2

    Trim off any plastic bits that are poking out from the edge of the canvas shapes that you cut to give them a smooth edge. If you don't trim it off, the yarn will snag on it as you work.

  3. 3

    Stitch the interior of the cross with yarn in a continental or diagonal stitch. Insert the needle into the hole directly to the left of the bottom right corner hole. Hold the last 3 mm (1/8 inch) of the tail or free end of the yarn against the back of the canvas with a finger so that it is facing the left side of the cross. Insert the needle into the hole in the row above that is to the right of the first hole's position. Pull the yarn through to make a diagonal stitch from one hole to another.

  4. 4

    Insert the needle into the next bottom row hole to the left of the first one you stitched. Move the needle over the tail end on the back of the canvas and then insert it through the hole. Pull the yarn tight so that it holds the tail end down against the back of the fabric. Continue to diagonally stitch the yarn from a lower row hole to a hole to the right above it to stitch the interior of the cross.

  5. 5

    Finish the edges of the cross by stitching the outer perimeter in an overcast stitch with a different coloured yarn. Insert the needle through the backs of the bottom row of diagonal stitches, going left to right and pull the yarn through, leaving its tail end buried beneath the stitches. The needle should be on the bottom right side of the cross.

  6. 6

    Insert the needle from the front of the canvas into the first hole at the bottom right edge of the cross. Pull the yarn through to make it loop over the edge and cover it. Bring the needle up on the side, above the first hole and insert from the front (not the back) of the canvas and pull the yarn through to make another stitch. Continue overcast stitching the edge of the cross in this manner until it has been completely lined with overcast stitches. Bury the yarn beneath the back stitches as before. Trim off the excess yarn.

  7. 7

    Stitch the rectangle piece of canvas with a continental or diagonal stitch the same way you stitched the interior of the cross. Start at the bottom row of holes, one hole to the left of the bottom right corner. Hold the tail end of the yarn against the back of the canvas. As you stitch, cross the yarn over the tail end on the back of the plastic canvas to hold it in place.

  8. 8

    Stitch the square piece of canvas with a continental or diagonal stitch. Stitch a small two-hole-wide cross into the centre of the square piece of canvas with different coloured yarn, starting two stitches in from the edges of the square.

  9. 9

    Align the bottom of the square with the bottom of the rectangle. Begin overcast stitching the edges of the pocket together with a different coloured yarn. Bury the tail of the yarn under the back of the diagonal stitches on the bottom row of the rectangle as before. Bring the needle over to the right side of the two pieces and insert it from the front of the square down into the bottom right hole of both pieces and pull the yarn through. Bring the needle over the next hole up on the edge and insert the needle from the front through both pieces and pull it through.

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    Overcast stitch up the sides of both pieces to stitch them together. When you finish stitching the square to the rectangle, continue stitching up the side of the rectangle, over its top and down the other side. When you reach the left side of the square, overcast the two pieces together as before until you have completed stitching them together.

  11. 11

    Insert the needle diagonally through the back of the stitches of the square. Pull the needle and yarn through. Overcast stitch the square's top edge. Insert the needle through the back of the diagonal stitches on the square to bury it 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) and then trim off the remaining yarn.

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