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Hokey Pokey Cross-Stitch Pillow

You put your right hand in. You put your right hand out. You put your right hand in and you shake it all about. You do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself around. That’s what it’s all about!

Several years ago, I made this Hokey Pokey cross-stitch sampler pillow for my mother’s birthday. That year, I had wanted to make her something, but couldn’t come up with a good, yet simple, idea. Then, a co-worker inspired me with this funny saying she saw at a Cracker Barrel gift shop during a work trip. I found it hilarious! It was equal parts funny and cute—perfect for my mom!


I was also in my subversive cross-stitch phase, so this fit perfectly into my wheel house. I added the squirrels specifically for my mom, too– she is quite the squirrel lover (except when they’re eating the seeds she leaves out for the birds!)

After a trip to see my parents last month, I thought it would be fun to recreate the cross-stitch pattern as a free download. As far as materials, I used 14 ct. Aida and the finished size for the cross-stitch area is about 7” x 7”.

For the pillowcase, I used a standard-envelope pattern. I can’t remember where I found the directions, but there are a slew of bloggers who’ve published tutorials. Delia Creates has a tutorial with great photos, here. You will need to consider how wide you want the cross-stitch area to be on the front panel. Otherwise, it’s your standard-issue envelope pillow.


You can download the Hokey Pokey cross-stitch pattern here.

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