Cross Stitch Keychain

I do love a fun little cross stitch project, do you? I mentioned before that I have a little addiction to quilting and cross stitch magazines. I get these and always find a project in them that I want to make for someone else. So I am always thinking of a way to turn cross stitch projects into something usable.

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When I saw this cute little golf design in Cross Stitch Crazy Issue 243, I knew I wanted to make it for my Dad. But what would he do with it? I decided to make it into a key chain. He could use it on his keys or attach it to his golf bag.

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Super easy! I made the little key fob bit, then layered it with the front and back of the key chain, right sides together. Sew around the edges, leaving a small hole to pull it all through. Pull it through so the right sides are facing out, trim the corners and iron. Lastly top stitch around the edges to close the hole.

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This is a great little gift idea for a small cross stitch design. If the design is really small, it could even be made for a zipper pull on a purse or large pouch!

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What do you like to do with little projects like these? Any other gift suggestions?

A Couple of Cross Stitch Ornaments

OK, one more Christmas post. Just bear with me! I contemplated saving this until next Christmas, but no! I love these little guys too much!

Over the last couple of years, I’ve really loved getting back into cross stitch. I love walking to the book store at lunch way too often, to see if the new issues have come yet. Since they are all UK magazines, they are always way too late for my liking…

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I’m totally in love with the Retro Christmas designs from Emma Congdon in the December 2017 Issue of Cross Stitch Crazy. I want to make them all!!! Then the other little guy came from Issue 298 (November 2015) of Cross Stitcher magazine.

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I love almost everything about mid century modern design and this group of patterns, is perfect for an easy stitch. I don’t know why I picked this one to start with, but I love how it turned out!

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As you saw with my tree skirt, my Christmas colors are not the traditional red and green, so I kept it up here. The stitching is a light green and hot pinkish color. it almost looks red, but it’s actually a bit more pinky. Then I took a plain 3″ hoop and painted it with a teal blue glitter paint.

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And I love this little reindeer guy! The pattern included a lot more outlining stitches, but I liked it without the other stitches! So I stopped! It definitely gives a slightly different look than the designer, Durene Jones, intended, but I like it! (you should check out her FB page, becuase there a bunch of cute free designs!)

 

I was drawn to it with the outlines, but once I got through with the background, I liked it just the way it was.

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And of course, glitter! It was intended to be a brooch, but I changed that too to make it an ornament. These may not be mid century mod designs, but I’d love to make the rest of these designs too!

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And the backs. I noticed that I don’t see the backs of cross stitch projects online very often! This is the first time I’ve made a project that the back may be seen. I almost wish I had used a teal back on the bigger piece. But I’m learning… Next time will be better.

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I need to get some new projects going now. I hope everyone had a great holiday season. And I’ll admit, my tree is still up…