I used a needle, color threads, strings, and an embroidered cloth to make the pouch. For cross-stitch what I did was basically forming “X”s on the cloth with different threads to make up a picture on the cloth.
I worked on it mostly at home when I have some spare time. I took it to school a few times when I have free periods. I tried to rush out a month before Mother’s Day so I can have enough time to send it back to China for my mom.
It was kind of difficult at first because this was a brand new sewing skill for me to learn. I did a lot of research on line to make sure that I did it correctly in every step. It was very tiring but also very fun during the whole sewing process. A few times I just felt like I wanted to give it up because it was so hard to make. But then I just visualized how happy my mom would be when she got this surprise. And that was what made me keep doing it till I finished it. I learned to be insistent and patient during this process and I am very happy that my mom really loves it!!! =)