I like tiny things, and I like working on projects that are portable, so I came up with this mini cross-stitch kit. Everything you need to stitch a little busy bees cross-stitch fits inside an Altoids mint tin. Make one for yourself or give it to a stitchy friend.
First, assemble your materials. You'll need an empty Altoids tin, a 3-inch piece of 14-count Aida fabric, an embroidery needle, and DMC six-strand embroidery floss in black (310), light topaz (726), and dark straw (3820). I wound my floss on cardboard bobbins, but you could just use full skeins if you like.
Next, click here to download and print the Cross-Stitch Kit Printable. Cut out the cover picture just outside the yellow line. Trace the top of the Altoid tin on a piece of clear adhesive-backed paper and cut that out too. Place the cover picture on the top of the tin and seal it in place with the adhesive paper. Press the edges down tightly so it stays in place on the lid. Cut out the chart and fold it into thirds.
To assemble the kit, cut a piece of colored paper to fit the inside lid of the tin and fasten it in place with double-stick tape. Attach the needle to the Aida, roll it up, and tuck it inside the tin with the floss. Place the folded chart on top and close the lid. Your mini cross-stitch kit is ready to go. Happy stitching!