A Little Cross Stitch Pouch

Took another break from the blog here… Went on vacation and didn’t plan posts like I used to, nor did I post on vacation like I used to! Partly because I didn’t have internet… Partly because I just didn’t! But I did keep making things!

I was still making things and also still finishing projects! One of these projects, ws a cross stitch pouch I made for my Dad. It was supposed to be a Christmas present…. But it didn’t quite get finished!


When I quilt, I prefer to make my own patterns. But when it comes to cross stitch, I typically, no, I always, use a pattern. I have a few favorite shops on Etsy for patterns, but most of the patterns I have done so far is from my favorite cross stitch magazine, CrossStitcher Magazine from the UK. When I saw this saxophone project in the magazine, I knew I wanted to make it for my Dad who plays the saxophone in his church orchestra! He played as a kid and has taken it back up again  in the last ten years or so.


I’ve loved getting back into cross stitch after many, many years. it’s been a fun on the go project. But I’ve also liked experimenting with different fabrics and techniques. I did one of my first projects on regular quilting cotton and another on linen with a grid. This one I went back to Aida fabric and just counted along. It is the easiest way to do it, in my opinion, but I think my favorite is not using Aida. The other fabrics seem a bit softer, or something!


For the pouch I used Noodlehead’s open wide pouch pattern. I love this pattern as it’s simple and I love that it actually opens all the way! For this one I made one larger piece and quilted as a quilt as you go type project. Then I cut it down to the front and back pieces. I did this to make sure the front and back stripes lined up as I put it together.


And the back! Some of my favorite fabircs!


The pattern was a little tricky since the colors are pretty similar (more so when you are working on it up close!). But it was a pretty easy pattern other wise!  The saxophone is just a small piece in a larger design with other instruments. I only wanted the Sax! The pattern is All That Jazz from Issue November 2014 of Cross Stitcher Magazine.



  1. PaperPuff says:

    This is so good. Modern and fresh, and lovely colours.

  2. That’s so intricate!

  3. stuartswinelife says:

    Very cool pouch! I love the detailed photos. Do you work with crochet as well?

  4. Awesome! I enjoy the same cross stitch magazine. I’ve been working on the octopus and just finished it. Now I’m on the seahorse pattern. You made it into a pouch. That is something for me to think about for my finished cross stitch projects but just haven’t done anything with them. I just wanted to make it but what to do with it! DUH. Thanks for the idea.

    It’s a cool dude sax!

  5. Sarah Helene says:

    COOL . . . So unique — love the cross-stitched sax from “All That Jazz” design pattern! FAB colors & fabrics on the back side of your pouch. Thanks for sharing. Sarah Helene in Minneapolis

  6. Very pretty! Looks very nice.

  7. This is just a wonderful bag and so unique with the cross stitch sax. I’m sure to Dad enjoys using it.

  8. PrincessBlabbermouth says:

    I love this craft! Your cross-stitching is beautiful. 🙂

  9. Looks so cool! I love the colors so much. Although I don’t have any experience with stitching but I really liked your taste for colors. Good luck!

  10. Very pretty!

  11. This is a really nice zip pouch! Such a great idea 😁

  12. That is so unusual. I love quirky different things like that. Really lovely

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