Disney Cross Stitch Crafts

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Disney Cross Stitch Crafts
Cartoon characters are easily made into cross stitch patterns. (Handout/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, Goofy, The Little Mermaid, Tinkerbell and many more are images from the Disney company. Free cross stitch images of Disney characters are difficult to find, but books and booklets with cross stitch patterns with Disney characters are available in libraries and craft stores. Everyone has a favourite Disney character, which means that crafted items embellished with one or more character images make welcome gifts and decorative items.

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Backpacks and Sneakers

Stitch the image of a Mickey, Minnie or another favourite Disney character onto a backpack using waste cloth. Waste cloth is removed once the project is complete, leaving the design on the item it was stitched. Use waste cloth just like other cross stitch fabric. When completed, wet the article and pull out the threads of the waste cloth a few at a time until the waste cloth is removed and all that's left on your item is the cross stitched design.

Cross stitch a simple Disney design or logo onto canvas sneakers. Canvas fabric is an even weave that is conducive to accepting cross stitch patterns. Waste cloth can be used instead of stitching directly onto the shoe.

Character Mobile

Make a mobile using four or more Disney figures cross stitched on 24-count aida cloth. Aida cloth is an even weave fabric made specifically for counted cross stitch with prominent holes for the needle to pass through. It comes in sizes measured by count, 6 count to 24 count, which refers to the number of squares per linear inch. Cut out a simple shape -- circle, oval, triangle, diamond, square or rectangle -- for each stitched character. Sew the cross stitched pieces with right sides together, leaving an opening for stuffing, turn right side out and thread a clear nylon line through the top, anchoring it by knotting the line securely onto a button. Stuff the piece and sew the gap closed. Do this for each character in the mobile. Attach the stuffed, threaded characters to a purse handle. Four characters will work on a rectangular or square handle. For more than four, use a round hoop that looks like bamboo. The natural nodes keep the lines from migrating after they are tied on. A few drops of glue on the top of the lines will also help keep them in place. Make a hanger for the mobile, attaching it evenly for balance. Hang it high enough so little fingers can't reach it.

Boxes and Wall Art

Embellish a papier mache or wooden box with a cross stitched Disney character done on perforated paper. Work the pattern in a size which fits the box lid. Glue the finished piece onto the lid. Finish the edges with ribbon or beads glued in place around the edge of the lid.

Create wall art using a cross stitched Disney image done on aida or other cross stitch cloth. Place the finished piece on adhesive mounting board and choose a coordinating frame in the correct size for the project. Matt the project, if desired.

Keychains and Pendants

Use hardanger cloth to make small Disney character images. Hardanger is cloth with a very tight yet even weave. This makes tiny images from regular cross stitch patterns.

Resin cabochon forms can be transformed into pendants or keychains by adhering the cross stitched design onto the resin using clear adhesive. Glue backing onto the material to hide the stitching or use adhesive mounting board. Use jewellery findings to make the complete necklace. Jewellery findings that look like small frames hold cross stitched images after mounting on adhesive mounting board.

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