Super Merry-o Christmas!

You know what time of the year it is, right?


It’s time to make the Christmas cards, baby!

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So, last year, I made seven Destiny Christmas cards for my buddies. This year? 30. (And I wish I could have made a dozen or so more, but honestly, I only have so much time.)

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And these are no ordinary Christmas cards. They are stockings. With a Merry Mario Mushroom on it.

(I love being a geek.)

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I’m sure you want to make one for yourself (who wouldn’t?) so I’m going to walk you through all the steps. Or just watch the video up above and listen to me babble as I walk you through making the stocking.

What you’ll need:

14 count aida cloth
Red, green, black thread
Fabric for backing and any decorations to the front
Ribbon
The chart!

Step 1. Find a mini stocking template over on Bing or Google. (I found mine at cross-stitching.com, but you have to be a member to download it.) Trace it on your aida cloth. For reference, my stocking is 3″ across on top.

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Step 2. Stitch your Merry Mushroom on your stocking. I put mine just under the midway point, about three or four rows above where the toe starts.

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Step 3: Add any decorations that you want to add. You can handstitch them on. I went the Liquid Stitch route because I had 30. Stockings. To. Make.

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Step 4: Make a loop with your ribbon. (I used hot glue to make a loop with it.) Then nestle it in between your fabric, making sure your fabric’s pretty sides are facing each other.

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Step 5: Stitch that sucker up! Hand sew this if you want. (I went with the sewing machine route, leaving about a 1/4-1/2″ seam allowance.)

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Step 6: Flip the stocking inside out. (Thing Popples.)

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Step 7: Trim off any threads off the top. (You can use Fray Block if it’s bothering you, but I’m going to let the handmade quality of my project shine.

Step 8: Enjoy! (Or if you’re using them as a Christmas card, write your message in them.)

And now you have a mini stocking that is worthy to deck the halls in Peach’s castle. If you have any questions or comments, let me know!

Happy crafting! 😀 😀

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Kirby’s Epic Cross-Stich

For her birthday, the youngest asked me to cross-stitch her a Kirby and you knew I had to do it!

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I wanted to do something other than the traditional little Kirby so I found a wallpaper and decided to make a chart from it.

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Since I only had a week (and I value my time) I used pink fabric with my one of my favorite things, water soluble canvas, and set off stitching. There is also pink aida cloth, so you can use that and save yourself thousands of stitches (literally).

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This is a relatively quick project — 4-6 hours tops, depending on your skill level. And it is guaranteed to make your room 1,000% more adorable. (I mean, just look at that face.)


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What you’ll need:

Pink fabric with water soluble canvas or 14 count pink aida cloth
DMC colors 310, 3731, 995, white
The chart!

Remember to keep a large border of your fabric around Kirby so it keeps that minimalist look. And as always, if you tackle this let me know. I’m thrilled to see people using these charts I post.

Happy crafting! ❤

Hello. I am Jess, your personal crafting companion.

So, Babe did a good thing and took us to the movies this weekend (I’m not the world’s biggest movie fan — you can’t cross-stitch in the middle of the theatre, LOL) to see Big Hero 6.

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I laughed (I’ll never look at a fist bump the same way again), I teared up (Curse Disney and their heart tugging ways.), I wanted to make a craft.

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(You knew that was coming, right?)

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Unlike Baymax here, this craft is SO SUPER QUICK. Like, 30-60 minutes, tops. Perfect Christmas present for those who have fallen in love with Baymax? I’m thinking, yes.

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What You’ll Need:

3″ embroidery hoop
14 count aida cloth
Black thread
The chart (which is, seriously, like the most simple chart ever)

The only important thing to remember is to start slightly above the middle (we’re only talking like a row or two). That way it looks more like Baymax’s eyes rather than his mouth.

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And when you are done, have a lollipop for a job well done.

Happy crafting! 😀

Oh Yo-Shi Didn’t!

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Sometimes I think the best part of writing a blog is coming up with the titles.

So, this week’s chart is the progression of our favorite little green dinosaur, Yoshi. I actually had a request to post the chart I used in the water soluble canvas vid a couple (few?) weeks ago, but I wanted to make a chart all three stages of Yoshi in it.

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Voila!

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Again, this chart is pretty straight forward. I was able to crank it out in 4-6 hours so it makes for a quick weekend project.

What you’ll need:

The chart!
14 count aida cloth
DMC colors: 310, 321, 780, 906, 3820 (if you are stitching on aid cloth that isn’t white, you’ll need that too. I went the lazy route and didn’t fill in the white squares. Oops.)

As always, if you have any questions or if you make it, let me know. There are some awesome people who are making some of the charts and it excites my little geeky heart! ❤

Happy crafting!