Hand Made Gift Idea: Cross-Stitch People

Cross-Stitch People- fun gift idea!

Funny title…cross-stitch people…that is exactly what I’m sharing today. I’m not the creative genius behind this idea. If you don’t love this idea, you can blame Martha.  I saw this in her magazine a couple of years ago and thought it would be so cute to make little cross-stitch versions of all my Mother-in-law’s grandchildren as a gift for her.

Cross-Stitch People- Fun Gift Idea!

I know cross-stitch isn’t everyone’s thang, but this is really cute, right?  My sons and their cousins are all steps and stairs right now, so that makes it fun!

The oldest is  6′ 7″ now and he’s only fifteen! The youngest is ours…Brennan!

Cross-Stitch People- Fun Gift Idea!

They were pretty simple to do. All you need is graph paper and colored pencils to get started.

Cross-Stitch People- fun gift idea!

I “sketched” out each child on graph paper first.

I tried to dress them in clothes they actually own. My nephew is an Eagles fan…

Cross-Stitch People- fun gift idea!


I think I was able to pull that off…

Cross-Stitch People- Fun Gift Idea!

My niece wore this dress to a party at our house:

Cross-Stitch People- fun gift idea!

After making a pattern for each person, I cross-stitched them following the patterns. It’s framed to match her decor.

Cross-Stitch People- Fun Gift Idea!

For my mom, I wanted to give her our family photos, so I added Brennan and Jack in cross-stitch to the center photo area of this frame. It makes it so much more special.

Cross-Stitch People- Fun Gift Idea!

These are my boys and my mom’s grandcat. 🙂

Cross-Stitch People- Fun Gift Idea!

I used the same pattern from my MIL’s gift, but it would have been even cuter if I had made them in the same clothes they were wearing in the photo.

I thought these would be the perfect project to share for this week’s Get Your DIY on party!  Our theme is Handmade Gifts, perfect as we are freaking out and desperate for last-minute Christmas gift ideas Christmas is just a round the corner!  Here’s what my lovely co-hosts came up with:

Handmade gift ideas

Burlap on Canvas Photo Holders   The Hankful House

 Creative Gifts Under $10  Just a Girl and Her Blog

DIY Sugar Scrub  The Happy Housie

Super Sweet Snowman Feet  House by Hoff

Our new Get Your DIY on link party theme: Handmade Gifts,  Starts Sunday at 7:00 EST.  Come share or just come by to get inspired!




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  1. This. Is. AWESOME. I love it!

  2. Holy Schmoly girlfriend! This is amazing. My mom cross stitches and the work that goes into this is amazing. You did an awesome job!

  3. Thank you, I think I know what I’m giving my grandma this year now! You rock!

  4. I love cross-stitch! These are so cute! I’ve never made my own pattern before though. And I have lots of projects that I’ve started and never finished… Now I’m depressed.


    • Fun huh? Luckily for you, you don’t have to pump out project after project…we’ll come visit you to read about toilets, insulation, generators…because we know there will be laughter involved, sometimes uncontrolled…with tears. 🙂

  5. Oh my gosh Christy I am so impressed with your super-crafty cross stitching! It is so adorable and absolutely perfect for Grandma. Can’t believe you designed it yourself on graph paper. Wow!!!!

  6. This is SO cute! My mom and MIL would love these! I’m sure yours did too. Thanks so much for sharing, Christy!

    ~Abby =)

  7. I LOVE that they’re all wearing clothes that they actually have! It makes it so personal!

  8. LOVE! I am going to try and attempt this over during 2014 to give as a gift to my Mom for Christmas….

  9. Oh this is just BEAUTIFUL! What a wonderful gift, so personal and so creative!!!! I love this idea!!!!

  10. If I received a gift like that from our dil or our daughter I’d cherish it forever. What you’ve made is extremely special and how wonderful of you to make it. Grama’s love gifts like that as it shows the respect and regard you hold for person you made it for. Keep being such a good person, it’s appreciated by whomever is recipient of these gifts. You did a wonderful job. I think I could even do that from your photos of how you made the kids look like themselves. Great gift. Happy wishes for a wonderful, happy, healthy holiday.

    • Thanks, JaneEllen! The funny thing about a handmade gift like this is I was just as excited to give it to my mother-in-law as she was to get it. Thanks again for your very sweet comment, as always 🙂 Have a wonderful Holiday! XO

  11. Such a neat idea! It’s beautiful!

  12. Very cool! I don´t have the time to finish it till christmas… but perhaps next year?

  13. CUTE CUTE CUTE! Thanks for sharing on DIY Sunday Showcase!

  14. This is an adorable idea.. Thanks for linking up. 🙂

  15. This is such an awesome idea! Your cross-stitch came out SO cute! I’m going to have to make one of these of our little family (me + husband + cat + chinchilla). No seriously, I kind of want to run out to the craft store right now for all the supplies! 😉

  16. P.S. I found your blog from the Work It Wednesday link party 🙂

  17. LOOOOOOVE this! Goodness! Does this mean that I am going to add another craft to my list of to-dos? 😉 Did you do the framing yourself also? They’re beautiful!

    • Thank you, I’m so glad you like it! I cheated a bit on the framing. I found a picture at Homeogoods in the size I needed and swapped the picture for my little cross-stitch people. My MIL loved it. 🙂

  18. These are so cute! I don’t know many other cross stitchers out there.. It is cool that you do it!