Orchidea Cross Stitch Bag

This project sure was a trip down memory lane, and a lovely one for that matter.
You see, when I was a little girl, I made a couple of these ↑ cross stitch cushions – they’ve adorned my parents’ couches for a long time. I think I was only 9 or 10 years old, and still vividly remember how I loved doing this.

I’ve been meaning to stitch another one of these for a long, long time, but give it a whole different twist this time around: use the cross stitch part to make a bag!
Now that I’ve finished my “Orchidea Bag” I can “cross” this off my creative list 😉
It goes without saying that the cross stitch part is pretty straightforward; no counting is necessary, your only worry is that your stitches all face the same direction.

This is exactly why this a very “mindful” project. Even though I really like any kind of creative challenge, for balancing’s sake it’s equally nice to work on a project that gets you in a carefree-just-do-flow, don’t you agree? Well, this is the one!

The only thing I dreaded, was machine sewing the cross stitch front to the fabric, but this turned out to be surprisingly easy, and was done in minutes.

The “Orchidea Bag” is my latest design for CraftKitchen, and you can find the tutorial on how to make your own here (Dutch), and here (English), or via the DIY/Tutorials-page on the blog.

Marianne xx


Having seen some wonderful examples of pixelated crochet (e.g. this beautiful blanket by the lovely Vanessa/Coco Rose Diaries) ánd finding this “Better Homes and Gardens” book in the attic (while looking for something else) sparked the following idea some time ago.

pixelated rose pattern - the beginning                         pixelated rose pattern - the beginning

What if I would make tiny, tiny squares, using a cross stitch pattern from the BH&G-book, turning this into a cushion cover?

Because I’m a visually inclined person, I drew the cross stitch pattern on a piece of graph paper and got started.

pixelated rose pattern

Since I’m still in the “I want to get this finished”-flow from the multicolored striped blanket, I’ve been working on the pixelated project almost all day today, finally making some serious progress.

I’m not sure whether it’s going to be as pretty as I thought/hoped it would be, but there’s only one way to find out, right?
So ….. more soon!

pixelated rose cushion - maRRose CCC