One of my favorite, inexpensive, go-to gifts is a personalized framed cross stitch. Once you've finished the cross stitch, all you need is some time, leftover thread, and a frame (thrift store ones work great) to make a lovely finished product.

Design credits: The rocket design is from The Cross Stitcher's Complete Companion by Bookspan (page 203). The cursive font is "Blessed" from The Best of Cross Stitch Basics edited by Susan White Sullivan (page 86).

Step 1: Tools and Materials Needed

Finished cross stitch
Thin cardboard (cereal boxes work great)
Iron and ironing board
About one skein of cross stitch thread, any color
Cross stitch needle
Masking Tape
<p>Your Instructions and method of framing cross stitch are awesome. I am in no way OCD, but I think I would use the holes in the aida cloth to align the project with the frame. Just sayin' ; ok then, maybe just a little OCD. (Teehee)</p>
<p>Thank you so much. I have just about completed a cross-stitch project &amp; have 4 more to go. (1 for each grandchild). This along with the suggestions in the other comments will allow me to finish them off. </p>
<p>Excelente! Y muy util. Muchas gracias por compartirlo &lt;3</p>
<p>If you desire your project to last for generations I would advise using an archival quality mat board rather than cardboard, as regular cardboard will yellow the fabric over time.</p>
<p>Thank you! I recently finished my first cross stitch project and had no idea how to present it. I don't like frames so I just did the carboard to hide the raw edges and hung it on the wall :) There is another option of using double-sided tape and using an embroidery hoop (like here: http://sewingseed.blogspot.com/2012/08/securing-your-needlework-in-hoop-frame.html ) But your method is easier :)</p>
<p>One additional thing I would recommend is to chose a frame that has matting between the cross stitch and the glass. Over the years, the chemicals from the thread can cause the glass to turn a funny color in the places where the thread touched it. Other than that, this is a great method for framing!</p>
<p>This is fabulous, thank you so much. I hope that I can reciprocate in the future if I can think of any knowledge that I can pass on, and I hope I can make it as clear and easy to follow as this has been for me. </p>
<p>Thank you for taking the time to share this. Looks Great!</p>
I love the space rocket and the quote. Easy Christmas gift anyone? I think I'll use this quote: &quot;Attempted murder,&quot; now honestly, did they ever give anyone a Nobel prize for &quot;attempted chemistry?&quot; - Sideshow Bob
I love this!

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