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This cross stitched baby clothes hanger is the perfect gift for a baby shower or any expecting couples.  My cousin just had a baby boy and I've been brainstorming gifts ideas for him for the past 9 months. I designed this custom clothing hanger for a past project and decided to scale it down to baby size.

I've added files for a robot and bumblebee pattern. You should be able to manipulate the Illustrator files to make your own images.

Special thanks to Procyon, Eric and Christy's son, for modeling in his first Instructable!
 
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Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
1. Embroidery Thread
2. Embroidery Needle - as thin as possible to get through the holes
3. Black Acrylic - 1/4" x 12" x 12" makes 2 hangers
4. Laser Cutter - you send files to Ponoko to have them cut if you don't have access to one

Step 2: Files and Patterns

Picture of Files and Patterns
I've attached the vector files to print out the hanger and the cross stitch charts. The bumblebee chart is in the Illustrator file.

Step 3: Setting Up Thread

  1. Cut a piece of thread the length of your arm span.
  2. The thread is made up of 6 strands. Separate the thread into two strand bundles - thus each length of 6 strand thread will give you 3 lengths of 2 strand thread.
  3. Working with one of the lengths of thread - fold it in half and thread both ends through the eye of the needle.

Step 4: Cross Stitching

I've broken down how I cross stitch acrylic. Red Gate Stitchery has a great tutorial on how to do this with great graphics.

Keep in mind for these images - if the hook on the hanger is pointing to the left it is the front side of the hanger (where the image will be), if it is pointing to the right it is the back side of the hanger.
  1. Starting at the beginning of your pattern, pull the needle through the back side of the hanger.
  2. Pull the tail all the way through, but dont pull the loop that forms on the back side of the hanger all the way through.
  3. On the front side, put the needle through a hole diagonal to the left of the hole you just pulled the thread through.
  4. On the back side, pull the needle through the loop of thread you left. This secures your thread to the hanger w/o tying any ugly knots.
  5. On the back side, pull the needle through the the hole directly below the hole you just pulled the thread through (it will be next to the first hole you pulled the thread through)
  6. On the front side, pull the needle through the hole diagonal to the left of the hole you just pulled the thread through.
  7. Repeat steps 5-6, until you have completed a row of color
  8. To make the "X" - on the back side, pull the needle through the the hole directly below the hole you just pulled the thread through
  9. One the front side, pull the needle through the hole diagonal to the right of the hole you just pulled the thread through
  10. Repeat steps 8-9, until you have complete a row of "X"

bajablue2 years ago
Cute and clever!
M.C. Langer2 years ago
AMAZING!!! I saw the real ones at office, and these are BRILLIANT!!! :-)
cporteus2 years ago
Very nice!
canida2 years ago
Totally cute! But I may be biased. :)