How To Cross Stitch On Fabric Without Waste Canvas

Once you have a master in straight stitches, you will like to try out different other types. Cross stitching is one of those kinds that is making a comeback, and the days are gone while it can only be seen on the walls.

Many people say that working with waste canvas is easy, but there are several other ways also. While you start, the process of cross stitching takes some time. But if you understand the process, you can easily do a couple of projects without encountering many difficulties.

The best thing is you can pick any Aida cloth and use the thread type. It means there is no need for waste canvas, and you should be ready to start cross-stitching. 

How To Cross Stitch On Fabric Without Waste Canvas?

Learning how to cross stitch needs some attention, and you can do it quickly. It comprises X-shaped stitches which can be done on clothes with an open and even weave like linen or Aida.

The process starts with getting a piece of Aida and preparing the pattern. Draw the pattern and start stitching after putting the straight pins in proper positions.

Read this article if you want to know about the process, and with that, you can learn to do cross-stitching. Here we have included two procedures, and both tell how you can cross stitch without a waste canvas.

We have also included notes so that you are careful while following the particular process. Additionally, you must read the frequently asked questions to know more about cross stitching without waste canvas.

Tools Required For Cross Stitching Without Waste Canvas

Several other tools you will need for cross stitching when you do not use a waste canvas. They are:

  • Pins
  • Cardboard Or Wood Blocks
  • Non-staining tape

Method 1: Cross Stitching Using A Piece Of Aida

Step 1: Get A Piece Of Aida

First of all, you have to get a piece of Aida and cut out patterns. Then, you have to mark the outside edge and use a ballpoint and sharpie to do this. Fabric pens can work well while doing this step.

Look for the perfect position for cross stitching and fix using the tax. It should be super tight, and you must not cross the area while stitching. The needle gets clogged up, creating problems for you.

Step 2: Pin The Corner Points

Now you have to pin the corner which is the furthest using a straight pin and hold it on the cardboard. Then you must continue pinning every regular hole with the edge straight down.

Roughly, you must leave a pin every inch and go ahead in a line. Then you must go line by line to make a grid of pins covering all holes in the project.

Step 3: Remove The Aida

Now you can eliminate the Aida leaving the grid to begin the work. If you want to cross stitch like leather, the holes can be easily identified by the needle tip. While doing the project, you must always use a sharp-ended needle.

Note: While stitching, you must always maintain the tension of the stitches. You must not pull it too tight or leave them loose. The stitches should be flat and should have proper spacing that it looks even.

Method 2: Cross Stitching By Drawing Boxes

If you are new to embroidery, you can follow this method to start by centering the fabric.

Step 1: The First Stitch

After knotting the first thread or letting the first one hang at the back, you can start. While doing it for the first time, you must start drawing a few squares. It helps you practice cross stitching and the size of the square guides to determine the stitch’s size.

At the top left of the square, you must push the needle starting from the back to the right side of the cloth.

Step 2: Diagonal Across

From the upper corner, the first stitch starts and diagonally comes to the button right corner. Now you have completed the first diagonal line, and you can start with the second part.

Step 3: Start To The Left

At the fabric back, push the needle following a straight line, and it should come to the bottom left. It should be in line with the first stitch. With this, you can determine, you are moving in the right way.

Step 4: Up Down Across And Up

Here, the needle must pop out at the left bottom of the cross. It should be parallel to where the thread has entered the cloth. If you can successfully do that, your cross is complete.

Step 5: Back To The Top

From the left bottom corner, you must take the needle diagonally to the top right corner. The thread will cross the first diagonal thread forming a cross stitch. If you need a single cross stitch, you can stop here.

Step 6: Repeat The Steps

If you plan to go ahead further, you can draw squares and continue doing it in the same pattern. You will find that from left to right, the cross stitches are done. Always draw symmetrical squares to get a proper look at the end.

Note: You must not take long jumps behind the fabric back with the thread. It’s because they can show up on the front side. If you have to move to a faraway area, you must end the thread.

After that, where you need a few new stitches, you can begin there again.

Method 3: The Alternative Process

When you stitch larger block roses with a single color thread, you can go with this process. It is much easier than the above ones, and you can complete the task without consuming much time.

Step 1: First, you have to go one direction, and the next one, you have to reverse back to finish the cross.

Step 2: In this way, you have to keep on doing till you reach the end. You must not fill the fabric tight as it can lead to cloth puckering. You must stiff the fabric so that it does not get pulled.

Step 3: It is best for stiff garments, and when you are using a thinner one, you must place it in a hoop. It ensures the cloth is taut and rechecks while you stitch.

Note: Whatever you need for the project, you must get all of it before starting the process. Depending on the project, you may need a bunch of threads. So, you must have different colors.

Method 4: Sew-In Interfacing

If you want to know about a different process, you can check this one.

Step 1: When you have to stitch a piece of fabric with the littlest bit of stretch, you should go with interfacing. It is a non-stretch fabric that will help in stabilizing the stretch fabric.

Step 2: In that way, you can stitch the material properly without getting stretched. To understand what is interfacing, you can turn a shirt with embroidery inside out. You will come across a stretch fabric that’s interfacing.

Step 3: If you do not use interfacing, the stitching will not look proper. You can get sew-in interfacing on any fabric store. It is available at a reasonable price, and you will get a meter.

Step 4: By getting nice medium-weight interfacing, you can iron it also if you need to. Now you can cross stitch above it, and the interfacing holds the cloth in the proper position.

Note: When you carry out the process, The thread can get twisted in between. If it happens, you must let the thread and needle hang freely to get unwinded. Once it gets done, you can begin the process again.

Is It Easy To Learn Cross Stitching Without Using A Waste Canvas?

Yes, you can easily learn cross-stitching without using a waste canvas. The process is simple, and you can do it by using any of the above methods. Also, you do not need to buy any extra products to learn this type of stitch.

Everything you need for this process is already with you, and with that, you can start stitching. If you follow the steps where you have to draw boxes, you must use a light marker or pen.

The markings should disappear after you have complete stitching. For any guidance, you can also check some other resources. But if you follow this one, you can still benefit a lot.

Is It Possible To Cross Stitch Patterns?

Yes, it is possible to cross stitch, and many things can be done. You can draw the pattern on the fabric that will help you follow the design. It will also guide you to understand how you must move your needle.

For getting beautiful patterns, Aida can be a suitable choice. Learning to cross-stitching may feel like learning to organize an orchestra. But practicing it twice or thrice will enhance your skills.

With that, you can easily design different patterns of your choice.



I'm Jessica Flores, a professional fashion designer and an expert seamstress. Crafting has always been a deep-seated passion of mine, one that has flourished and evolved over the years. I've dedicated considerable time to both studying and practicing in the realm of fashion and sewing, amassing a wealth of experience and skills. It brings me great joy to share these insights and experiences with you all, hoping to inspire and foster a similar passion for the art of sewing.

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