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paper cross stitching for Christmas

September 17, 2013

my first foray into direct merchandising via craft shows is around the corner.  so naturally I’ve been crafting like a possessed fiend to build inventory.


one of the new things I’m making this year is a stitched round paper bauble.  while the paper is all from reclaimed sources, I’ve applied glittery craft paint to some, because after all, Christmas and sparkle are BFFs.




another example (an item in-progress)




here’s an abbreviated how-to:




step 1 – make 2 decorative paper circles and perforate the needle holes with the word or image you select, then cross stitch both front and back circles.

step 2 – glue the front and back circles together.

step 3 – make a paper prong with a fold at the top – I use brightly colored nail polish as paint for this part of the project.

step 4 – glue the zig-zag edges of the paper prong to the front and back of the cross stitched circles, then perforate needle holes around the edge and make a simple running stitch.  Feed the ends of the thread through the upper portion of the prong and tie off.


home sweet homemade goodies for the Christmas tree 🙂

thank you for reading!


5 Comments leave one →
  1. September 17, 2013 9:57 pm

    This is so cute, these would make cute gift tags too. Thanks for sharing!

  2. September 18, 2013 10:32 am

    Cute. Do you hand stitch them or do you use a machine? The stitches are so even – nice job.

  3. September 18, 2013 11:12 am

    You’re going to rock the house with those cuties. As easy as you make it sound, I know better. LOL. That kinda thinking increases sales, yes? 😉 Cute and right on time for prezzie making!

    • September 18, 2013 7:02 pm

      I sure wish I could find shortcuts! but it’s ok, something I enjoy doing. hope you are feeling stronger every day Mel! xo

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