Gridding Your Fabric for Cross Stitch: Why, How, and the Easy Way Out

Gridding Your Fabric for Cross Stitch: Why, How, and the Easy Way Out

Gridding Your Fabric for Cross Stitch: Why, How, and the Easy Way Out

Are you ready to dive into the wonderful world of gridding your fabric before stitching? If you've ever wondered why and how to grid your fabric, you're in the right place. We'll explore two popular methods and even introduce you to a magical solution that takes away the hassle. Let's get started!

Why Grid Your Fabric?

First things first, why should you even bother gridding your fabric? Well, it's all about making your cross stitch journey smoother, like a well-charted map on a road trip. Here's why it's a game-changer:

1. Keeps You on Track: Gridding helps you keep your stitches straight and evenly spaced. Say goodbye to crooked lines and misaligned patterns!

2. Counting Made Easy: With a grid in place, counting those tiny squares becomes a breeze. No more squinting or second-guessing your stitch placement.

3. Reduces Mistakes: Less room for errors means fewer frogging episodes (you know, ripping out stitches – ribbit, ribbit). You'll save time and frustration.

The Wash-Away Pen Method

Now, onto the nitty-gritty – how to grid your fabric. One popular method involves using a wash-away pen that disappears with heat. Here's how you can do it:

Materials You'll Need:

  • Wash-away fabric pen
  • Iron (set to low heat)
  • Your fabric, of course!


  1. Mark the Grid: Use your wash-away pen to draw a grid on your fabric. Make sure it aligns with your cross-stitch pattern's grid. Don't worry; it's not permanent!

  2. Stitch Away: Cross stitch as usual, following your pattern. The grid lines will disappear like magic when you're done.

  3. Remove Any Residue: After finishing your masterpiece, gently iron your fabric on low heat to remove any remaining grid lines. Voilà! Your fabric is as good as new.

The Loose Stitch Method

If you're not a fan of wash-away pens or want to try something different, consider the loose stitch method:

Materials You'll Need:

  • A contrasting thread color (easy to see against your fabric)
  • Your fabric


  1. Thread Your Needle: Use a contrasting thread color to create your grid. Start with a single strand, so it's easy to pull out later.

  2. Grid it Up: Stitch a loose grid that aligns with your cross-stitch pattern. You can use a simple running stitch for this purpose.

  3. Cross Stitch as Usual: Stitch your pattern, making sure not to catch the contrasting thread in your stitches.

  4. Remove the Grid: Once you're finished, carefully pull out the contrasting threads. They'll come out easily without damaging your project.

The Easy Way Out: EasyCount Aida!

If the idea of gridding feels a bit overwhelming or time-consuming, here's the ultimate solution – EasyCount Aida! This magical fabric comes pre-printed with a grid that washes away with ease. No need to mark, stitch, or worry about residue. It's like cross-stitching on cheat mode! We are proud to stock EasyCount aida and evenweave at Sew It All, you can check it out here.

In a nutshell, gridding your fabric is a small step that can make a huge difference in your cross stitch experience. Whether you opt for the wash-away pen, the loose stitch method, or embrace EasyCount Aida, you'll find that a little prep work goes a long way in creating beautiful, mistake-free cross stitch projects.