There are a lot of cross stitch charts out there in the world, and if you look long and hard enough you can probably find something a lot like what you are looking for.
But if you want to make a chart that is completely your own, there are a few ways you can go about it.
You can use graph paper and chart out your design by hand, but the squares of graph paper are much larger than the stitches of cross stitch typically are, so your scale may be off by quite a bit.
One way to eliminate that problem is to change the size of your boxes, which you can do when you make cross stitch charts using Excel.
This tutorial from Sew and Sew uses metric measurements, but the idea is the same if you use inches instead of centimeters.
Using Excel is an easy and inexpensive way to make charts for personal use and have a little better idea of how the finished product will turn out than using graph paper.
Have you ever made your own charts? I’d love to know the method you used and how it turned out.
[Photo via Sew and Sew.]