Cross Stitch Trinket Box

This intricate trinket box is made by carefully sewing together plastic mesh using the cross stitch technique. This project is perfect to gift to someone special or keep.

Cross Stitch Trinket Box

Skill Level


Time to Make

1 day or a few evenings

Adult Supervision Needed


How to Make

To cast on:

Insert it into the back of the fabric to make your first stitch. Hold an inch tail of the thread at the back of your fabric. As you make your first stitches, be sure to catch the thread at the back within it to secure it in place.

To cast off:

When you need to use a new thread or if you’ve come to the end of your design, make the last stitch as you usually would, run the needle through the back of the last few stitches.

Begin by cutting your mesh.

You will need: 17×17 squares for the top of the lid and 4x5x17 squares for the edges of the lid. You will also need 15×15 squares for the base and 15×10 for the sides of the base.

  1. Thread your needle and starting on the corner square and cast on.
  2. Following the pattern (or one of your own) make a half stitch or a cross stitch in each coloured square changing colour as needed.
  3. For the stars I just skipped boxes taking the thread over the blank boxes.
  4. Once you have completed each flat piece of your design, we are going to sew these pieces together to make a 3d shape.
  5. Separate the lid parts from the base parts.
  6. Hold one of the lid edges against the top of the lid and using a whip stitch sew them together.
  7. Repeat this on all 4 edges and the sides.
  8. Then repeat separately for the box base.
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Top Tip

Trim down to a flat edge when cutting your mesh canvas and it will make it much easier to sew without the thread getting caught.



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