Cross-stitch Pocket Denim Shorts

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Traditional cross-stitch, one of the oldest forms of embroidery, with beautiful patterns and intricate work, can be found in antique stores, and folk museums around the world:

 Antique cross-stitch folk art 


Hungarian mid-twentieth century, floral border pattern tea cloth

Perhaps the more commonly recognised cross-stitch in recent decades, would be floral patterns, and infamous 'home sweet home' embroidered messages:

Antique floral cross-stitch  


 from WrathofRa

 Home sweet home


from ItsOld

In the last few years however, cross-stitch patterns got cool.  Matt and Emily Fitzpatrick demonstrate this, by interpreting internet memes into cross stitch, documented on their website steotch

 by steotch

Whilst traditional cross-stitch patterns can be found in books and magazines, more of the funkier cross-stitch patterns can be found online:

Tea party cross-stitch PDF pattern 


Banksy panda cross-stitch PDF pattern




Blah blah blah custom cross-stitch sampler 



Set of 4 cross-stitch space invader buttons  


I happened upon one sweet little abandoned cross-stitch in an op-shop, complete with the needle still in it:

Reminiscent of the time I found this delicate painted gum leaf in an op-shop, I do feel somewhat saddened that a beautiful little piece of craft work, found its way into a second-hand shop?  

I could've framed the little cross-stitch, but instead, decided to incorporate it in jeans-to-shorts refashion.

Firstly, I've used a pair of originally thrifted jeans from my wardrobe, which fit great around the waist, but were not the most flattering fit in the leg:

Daggy jeans

Cut jeans to shorts, allowing enough material to roll up twice on each leg:

Tucked under cross-stitch excess material, and pinned in place on the back pocket of new shorts:

Using 'invisible' nylon thread (if you live in Australia, you can buy nylon thread in Woolworths) and needle, to hand sew with into place:

nylon thread

Also pinned and hand-stitched roll-ups on each leg:

Cross-stitched bum

Are you a cross-stitch fan?

Shared with Lakota's Ta-Dah Tuesday.



elseseven said...

Nice! I was scarred by being forced to cross-stitch a sampler in fifth grade, but recently, I have thought how sweet it looks - cross stitch, not my sampler - it's I might give it another whirl. I have a friend who cross stitched obscenities for one of her major projects at art school. Cute.

Patti @ NotDeadYet Style said...

I have never done cross-stitch, but I can appreciate your project, and the super-cute results. Love the pocket!

Helen B. @ Blue Eyed Beauty Blog said...

I LOVE doing cross stitch work!! I'm actually working on several different pieces for my house for when I get married. One of them you can see here although it's not quite finished yet, but it's close! (

I really like that third photo with the antique floral design!!

Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

Fanny said...

Very pretty! When I was a kid I used to do a lot of cross-stitch embroideries... the ones you ordered froma a catalogue, always terribly romantic or simply extreme kitsch... Then as I grew old enough to see how tasteless the designs were I simply stopped doing cross-stitch embroideries. Sad, isn't it? It's not like the stitch NEEDS to be used for tacky and tasteless wolves-howling-at-the-moon-in-front-of-a-waterfall or dolphins-in-sunset or puppies-in-a-basket and so on and so on... thank you for showing us some nicer examples of what can be done!

Wherethestyledthingsare said...

cute cute cute cute cute!!! I have been doing similar with off cuts of clothes i hate but love the pattern :)

photosarah said...

I'm planning to get back into cross-stitching with some cute modern patterns I found on Etsy. I love what you did with the one you found! very boho chic.

Mancunian Vintage said...

Ooh great job - love the cross-stitch sample used against the denim - works really well.

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

I always really like your projects using patches of fabric - the shorts look great. And I really love the subversive cross stitch. I'd like some, but really don't think I have the patience to do it myself.

Nueyer said...

Oooooo... cross-stitch!! I used to get 1 cross stitch set each year for my birthday and I'd spend the whole school holiday sewing and sewing =p

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