DIY Tutorial: Cross Stitch Notebook Cover

Can you guess who are these cute characters? Yes, it’s Judy and Nick from Zootopia! Who doesn’t love to have these lovely characters on their notebook right? That’s why I’m going to show you how to pimp up your regular cover notebook with cross stitch of Judy and Nick.

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My Zootopia mini Notes

Before we start you have to prepare your notebook. Any notebook with plain cover should work but if you have more time to make it, here I show you how I made mine.


Okay now that you have the notebook, here are the rest of the tools and materials:

  • Notebook
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Needle
  • Masking Tape or Post It
  • Squared Paper (for alternative, watch video)
  • Thumbtack (or you can use the Needle)
  • Craft Foam
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
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Tools and materials

First, you have to draw the pattern onto your squared paper. You can buy a squared paper notebook or millimeter block almost everywhere, but if you can’t find it, you can just draw it yourself manually or using software on your computer. Of course to save some time, you can also just print the template I made here.

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Draw your design first on squared paper

To draw the pattern, you need to find an image for reference and to make it easier to draw, I break the image into few basic shapes and start to complete it by drawing the detail after then you start pixelize the image if that make sense haha (sorry I can’t really find the right word to explain this). Watch my Star Wars Sticker video here to see how I done it steps by step or read these two blogs that I find really helpful – Jamie’s Blog & Ajisai Press’ Blog.

And again, to save some time just download the template I made here.

Once you have the pattern, open the cover and lay it flat above the craft foam. Adjust the pattern position on the cover and secure it with some masking tape. Since I ran out of masking tape I used post it. With a needle or a thumbtack, slowly punch holes along the pattern.

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Place your design on the cover

Okay, now your pattern is all transfered into holes on the notebook cover, start threading your needle. Poke the needle from the back of the cover, and bring it back across another hole, making a diagonal line. Now bring it back to the front and make another diagonal line in the opposite way so that your stitch form a cross or an ‘X’. Repeat this step so the whole pattern filled with X’s or cross stitch.

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Start cross stitching and use your design as a guide

If you’re finished or ran out of thread, bring the needle to the back, slip it under random stitches, make a loop and tie a knot. Don’t worry if you make the back side a little bit messy because you won’t see it.

And there you have it, a cute Zootopia notebook! You can also use this technique to make any design that you like. I hope you find this tutorial helpful, if you like it, don’t forget to share this to your friends, leave a comment below if you have a question or request what should I make for the next tutorial and more importantly subscribe to my channel to keep updated! See you next attempt, bye!

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