Cross in a Pocket Project

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This is a cute little reminder that anyone can carry. It is simple enough for children, but also interesting enough for grown-ups. It should take between 30 and 60 minutes to complete.


You will need:

  • scraps of plastic canvas (7 holes per inch)
  • 1 yard of white yarn
  • 2 yards of colored yarn (camoflauge is very popular for sending these to soldiers)
  • darning needle with an eye big enough for yarn


  1. Cut the front piece 12 holes by 10 holes. Smooth off any little bumps.
  2. Cut the back piece 12 holes by 20 holes. Smooth off any little bumps.
  3. Cut the cross 3 holes wide along the vertical part and 3 holes wide along the horizontal part (see photo).
  4. Cover each piece using a stitch that slants right from the bottom over three holes. Or any stitch that you like. Save the edging for last.
  5. Cover the cross neatly with stitching.
  6. Cover the front and back, leaving the edges for last.
  7. Now start at the right front of the front piece. Whip stitch across. Hold the front firmly against the wrong side of the back and whipstitch the two together. Go all the way around the back, until it is neatly bound. Run your needle through a few stitches to hide the end of the yarn, and clip it short.
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  9. Tuck the cross into the pocket.
  10. Now type this poem and reduce the size on a photocopier until it can be neatly folded and tucked in behind the cross.

The Cross In My Pocket

I carry a cross in my pocket
A simple reminder to me
Of the fact that I am a Christian
No matter where I may be

This little cross is not magic
Nor is it a good luck charm
It isn't meant to protect me
From every physical harm.

It's not for identification
For all the world to see
It's simply an understanding
Between my Savior and me.

When I put my hand in my pocket
To bring out a coin or a key
The Cross is there to remind me
Of the price he paid for me.

It reminds me, too, to be thankful
For my blessings day by day
And to strive to serve Him better
In all that I do and say.

It's also a daily reminder
Of the peace and comfort I share
With all who know my Master
And give themselves to His care.


So I carry a cross in my pocket
Reminding no one but me
That Jesus Christ is Lord of my life
If only I'll let Him be.

-- Verna Thomas

By Coreen from Rupert, ID

Plastic canvas cross project.

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November 2, 20061 found this helpful

Thank You for sharing this. I love to do plastic canvas crafts and am always looking for new and unique project. I love this and will be making some for Christmas gifts.

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By Samantha Farcey (Guest Post)
November 2, 20060 found this helpful

God bless you! That is beautiful... you should be very proud of yourself for being such a good example.

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By Jo-Ann (Guest Post)
November 3, 20061 found this helpful

I love your cross! Did you know that the letters in frog stand for forever rely on GOD?

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By Lynda (Guest Post)
November 25, 20060 found this helpful

The greatest of God's gifts is LOVE for others. What
better way to share His love than through these sorts
of reminders to both the givers and the receivers.


: )

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By Lynda (Guest Post)
November 25, 20060 found this helpful

Since He willingly died on the Cross so that His human Creation might have Eternal Life, it is reasonable for us to want to share that fact in any way possible. Thank you for taking the time to do this in your special way! : )

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By John Bouchard (Guest Post)
November 26, 20060 found this helpful

I have carried a business card size prayer card with a little wooden cross and the cross in my pocket with my Seven great prayers laminated together and I will say it helps me on my life's mission. The Camoflage Crosses are on the USS Ronald Reagan Based out of San Diego I sent some to my nephew
and he shared with some of his ship mates...Great
things happen through the Lord..
God Bless and trust in the Lord!

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By K.T (Guest Post)
February 29, 20080 found this helpful

before I retired from the service I had to go to Iraq for a second time. At the HUB where we flew from there was a table in which the troops were given different items before they boarded the plane. I thank God for the wonderful person who placed the "Cross in a Pocket" on the tables. I tried to ensure that every soldier got one to place somewhere in their uniform.


Once in Iraq for me and some of them it became a part of our equipment when ever we had to go on the road. I thank God for your project. Now, I keep it by my bed as a reminder of how God brought me through. I was able to tell my children about it and everytime they come into my room they pick it up. God Bless You All.

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June 25, 20120 found this helpful

This is so beautiful. As soon as I find some plastic canvas I intend to make everyone in my family one. The verse is just beautiful. God Bless you.

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