After my recent foray into cross stitching I have been on the lookout for more cross stitch projects to do. When I spotted these buttons in Spotlight a few weeks ago I knew they would be the perfect alternative to cross stitch pendants which are also in Spotlight but much more expensive.
These are so simple to make! All you need is a cross stich pendant, some embroidery thread, a needle, a small pair of pliers, a necklace chain, necklace clasp and a couple of jump rings.
Decide what pattern you would like to cross stich onto your pendant. I chose a simple heart for Valentine’s Day but you could do anything you like. A quick google search will come up with heaps of patterns that you can use. Once you have chosen a pattern cross stitch this onto your pendant. As the holes in my pendant are quite large I used 6 strands of thread and a yarn needle but you will need to choose materials based on your pendant size.
Using your small pliers attach a jump ring to your pendant. Attach another jump ring to one end of your necklace chain and a clasp to the opposite end of the chain. Thread your necklace chain through the pendant jump ring and ta-da you have a finished necklace. Quick, easy and super cute! Another option would be to glue a brooch clasp onto the back of your pendant and wear it as a brooch instead. I of course am greedy so decided I needed one of each!
If you are having trouble finding cross stitch pendants in your local craft stores I did a quick search on etsy and quite a few came up in both Australia and overseas. But if you can find these buttons at your local Spotlight snap them up because they were only like $1 each. You will just need a drill to make a quick hole in the top for your jump ring. So go, get crafty and if you make a necklace or brooch be sure to let me know in the comments so I can check it out.