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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.

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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.

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another example (an item in-progress)

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here’s an abbreviated how-to:

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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.

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home sweet homemade goodies for the Christmas tree🙂

thank you for reading!

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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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