DIY: Floral Cross Stitch Sweater

Ever since I made my heart cross stitch sweater I have been looking for another way to implement cross stitching into apparel. I just love the way this turned out.

I was inspired by much more expensive cross stitch sweaters like this and this.


high waisted denim legging - $23 (in love with these)

The key to this project is finding a shirt that already incorporates a grid with a waffle pattern and then doing cross stitch as intended, by counting squares. I used a large embroidery hoop (shown here) to stabilize the project while I worked on it.

The shirt is leaning into saccharine territory - it's pink, it's floral, and it's cross stitch. I made a choice to pair the pale pink with bold primary colored embroidery floss to make it more modern. I also toughened up the style with these ripped jeggings (which I am surprised at how much I love) and a black blazer.

It wasn't a super quick project but it was incredibly easy. And I found the process of cross stitching to be really soothing. Makes me want to do more projects with it!

Here is the pattern I used:

If you have any questions about the project, please leave them in the comments & I'll do my best to answer. 


  1. I love it...and it pairs so nice with the black jacket. Pinned it!

  2. I love this SO SO SO much. What a brilliant idea. I may need to make one of these up.

  3. Love this! Pinned it. I really hope to find the time to do it soon!

  4. AhahahahahhAhh!!!!!! BRILLIANT. It turned out so brilliantly, I can't believe it. Must make, it's just too good.
    xo Mim

  5. This is so, so beautiful! I wish I could make something like that. Congratulations you were creative & original.

  6. Love this, it may have to go to the top of my "to do " list!

  7. Still loving this! You're brilliant. I'm finally making it, and was wondering if you could tell me where you got the pattern. Would I be breaking any copyright laws if I stole your awesome design? Thanks so much for sharing your ideas!


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