Quick Cross Stitch Pendant
You know when you buy stuff and then find it again years later? Yeah. During a lockdown clear out of my craft drawers I found some funky copper look pendants I think I bought at a bead fair about 10 years ago.
They are nice and deep so of course my first thought was to put some sewing in them but I thought fabric might be a bit flimsy. Then I remembered I had some leftover plastic sheet in my drawer you can use for cross stitch – again, bought years ago. Never throw anything crafty away people, you could make a quick cross stitch pendant!
Perfect. So I measured it up and cut it to the right size for the pendant.
The square pendant gave me a perfect 12 x 12 square to sew in. So I turned to a fun book a friend bought me a few years ago, Mega Mini Cross Stitch by Makoto Oozu. It’s a book full of fun little cross stitch patterns.
There were some very cool patterns of retro electronics but sadly they were slightly too big to fit the frame, so I settled on a little French Bulldog and got stitching. The plastic is 12 count and I used four threads at a time to make the dog appear as 3D in the pendant frame as possible.
Look at his little face coming together! When he was finished I used some double sided tape to stick him in the frame. I used Gorilla Glue Heavy Duty Double Sided Mounting Tape – there was no way that dog was ever going to move, it was so strong. The tape is also quite thick so it meant the dog stood out a bit from the back of the frame. It is also invisible so you cannot see it through the holes which were unfilled. I did think about filling those holes in, but I like having them visible to make it more obvious that the dog is stitched.
And here he is. Say bonjour to Louis the French Bulldog. Isn’t he a cutie. And he took less than an hour to make once I settled on a pattern. You’ve got to love a quick craft. It would make a great last minute gift for a friend.
If you only had a tiny square like that to stitch in, what would you put in there?
- Plastic sheet: Scraps so free, a sheet costs about £2 so I used about 20p worth
- Pendant: A quick google suggests you get 10 for £2 so 20p
- Threads: From existing stash so no cost
- If you also wanted to buy the book it is still on Amazon at a cost of £8
Total: 40p without the book, £8.40 with the book
Best cake for this project: Pound cake (because it’s such a cheap make)
Best song for this project: Hound Dog by Elvis
Over to you! What quick cross stitch craft projects have you completed lately?
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