As you know, one of my very favorite things in the whole world is playing fantasy football. I LOVE IT! Last year I played with a great group of crafty ladies headed by Diane of CraftyPod, and we did a Crafty Football Blog Hop to celebrate. I made a Detroit Lions cross stitch kitchen towel, which was a huge hit at Christmas!
Even though I’m not playing fantasy football with these crafty ladies this year I was still invited to join their Crafty Football Blog Hop, so of course I jumped at the chance to create another crafty sports project!
This year I knew I wanted to stick with cross stitch but do something a little more fun, so I came up with this Motor City Kitties cross stitch project!
Motor City Kitties Cross Stitch
The Detroit Lions, my team and one of only four sad sack teams who have never even been to the Super Bowl, are just that. Super sad sack. I love them but they deserve the ‘Motor City Kitties’ nickname, so I embrace it. (The Detroit Tigers also go by the Motor City Kitties nickname, but they’re actually pretty good so I call them the TIGERS, no kitties allowed. )
Detroit Lions LOVE!
If you’re a big Detroit Lions fan, or know one, you’ll need this little guy hanging in your house!
What you’ll need:
- 4″ embroidery hoop
- 6″x6″ square of 14 count cross stitch fabric – I used the Oatmeal color
- About 2 yards of DMC Floss color #334 Medium Baby Blue, and about 2 yard of DMC Floss color #311 Medium Navy Blue, but any two colors of blue, one lighter and one darker than the other, will look great
- Mid sized embroidery needle
- Hot glue gun with 1 stick of glue
- 5×5″ scrap of muslin or craft paper for backing
- Erasable marker, or a pencil
First up you’ll want to cut your cross stitch fabric, making sure to cut along the holes made by the fabric so it’s easier to count. Place your 4″ embroidery hoop over the fabric, eyeballing the centering.
Next you’ll want to mark the center point of your work, and the only way to do this is by counting. Pick a side and count squares all the way across – for me this was 56 squares but yours might be different depending on how tightly you placed your hoop over the fabric, the exact size of your fabric, or the exact size of your hoop. I went back to my starting spot and counted out half of my total square number, which for me was 23, and I marked this spot with my erasable fabric marker. If you don’t have one, though, you can use a pencil.
Pull up your pattern! I charted this in google docs, so you can access my Motor City Kitties pattern by clicking this link. I marked the center of the chart in red, so with 2 strands of your lighter blue color start cross stitching the lion at the center point of your fabric and the chart.
And now just follow the chart and create your image! Once you get to the letters, use 3 strands of embroidery floss.
A few credits are due: I used this Lions crochet chart created by Crochet Fanatic, and she has all the NFL team logos and nameplates charted out there, and each are easily converted into cross stitch patterns, so go crazy! I have been DYING to use this cat alphabet since I pinned it ages ago and am so glad I could finally work it into a project! I just kind of winged it with the other letters.
To finish your piece, cut around the fabric sticking out of your frame, leaving about 3/4″. With your hot glue gun, glue this fabric to the inside of your hoop.
Attach Your Backing
Cut Around Backing
Backing Looking Great!
Place a line of hot glue around the inside hoop and carefully place your muslin or craft paper evenly on the back. Once it’s cool, cut the access fabric or paper from the piece.
Ready to Display!
And you’ve just created an adorable cross stitch piece celebrating the Detroit Lions! Awesome right?! Well done you.
Still itching to do more football cross stitch? Catherine at Ancora Crafts created this fun Cross Stitch Guide to the NFL on the hop, so start stitching that up, too! And be sure to check out the rest of the fun projects featured on this hop as well, below.