I know what my initial idea was for this cross stitch project, but I'm not sure how I progressed to this.  This started as a very simple spider cross stitch. It was just going to be a spider that looked like it was hanging from the top of the frame and had created a web in the corner.  Somehow this happened and I'm very happy it did since I love Nightmare Before Christmas

Creating the Design:

The image of Oogie Boogie on the moon is taken right from the movie.  It is from the beinging song: This is Halloween.  I watched the song clip (from Youtube) on my iPad and took screenshots of when he was on the screen and, from there, traced the image onto paper and then tried to imitate it in the Cross Stitch Creator Program - MacStitch.  I drew out the letters and tried to make them a little different my elongating the tops of the "a" "o" "b" "d" and "g".  And slanted the lines in the "t" and "f".  Luckily the program has this nice feature where you can highlight sections and cut or copy them.  So after drawing out all the lines, I could easily move them around and center them on the left side of the pattern.

  • Black Cross Stitch Fabric
  • Cross Stitch Needle
  • Pattern (PDF Provided)
  • Frame
  • White Embroidery Floss (I used quite a bit, but no more than one skein)
  • Hoop
  • Iron (for flattening it after putting it in a hoop)
  • *Suggested: Watch or listen to Nightmare Before Christmas


Time to cross stitch!  I was always taught to start from the center.  And I decided to do the words first so I started at the end of "Dreams" and worked my way through all the words.

Now just start cross stitching the moon and Oogie's mouth and eyes.  In the pattern I only filled in the squares (or x's), but I also filled in all the halves and three quarters that you can see along the edges (Photo 8).  

Once all of the cross stitching is done, time to outline it all with backstitches.  Usually this is done with one strand, but I wanted it thick and want to cover up all the places where a half stitch wouldn't fit, so I did 2 strands.  It might be difficult to follow the pattern for outlining.  If it is, what I did was mostly went from the corner of a full square to the corner of another full square.  Many of the stitches are 2 - 5 boxes long.  I don't usually like long stitches, but it helps with creating the circle.

Once you are done, iron it and put it in your frame.  You can leave the glass in your frame, I had to take it out to photograph it.

Hope you enjoy looking at Oogie Boogie!
disneylivelovelaugh made it!3 months ago
I made mine with glow in the dark thread instead. I love this pattern. Thank you so much!

That is a genius idea :D

SparkySolar7 months ago

Nice instructable

Penolopy Bulnick (author)  SparkySolar7 months ago

Thank you :)

I am extremely narrow sighted, but If I had a chance I would make it

thehbird1 year ago
I used to love that movie when I was younger
Why not??


la la la la la lala la everyone hail the pumkin king (did i get it right =/?)
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  Dusk Shadows2 years ago
Sounds right!
Yeah i love the song soo much
Stoopie2 years ago
What size frame did you use?
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  Stoopie2 years ago
The same size as the fabric, about 10.25" by 5". When I bought it it was from a cheap store and the frame was divided into like three photos so it only said the size photos that would fit in those areas and not the whole frame. But I know I cut the fabric so it would precisely fit in it.
Cool! I want to try someday to do this :D and now that its getting near christmas...their going to show the movie ^.^
Yay! Such a fun movie; I love that it can be a great holiday movie for Christmas and Halloween :D
I know right, its awesome :D ^-^
Some Dork2 years ago
We're huge fans of the movie, and Oogie Boogie always cracks me up; really like this!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  Some Dork2 years ago
Thanks! He used to really creep me out when I was younger, but now I just think he's cool :)
ssquiggle2 years ago
One of my favourite movies! I love this, it's so effective with just one colour. I would never have thought to backstitch to outline - going to try something with this now :)
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  ssquiggle2 years ago
Thank you! I love the affect of white on black. I have particularly become fond of just working on black cross stitch fabric. It makes light colors look that much better :)
bradyurk2 years ago
That's the best line in the song!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  bradyurk2 years ago
It really is, and I love your profile picture!
I love this!!!!!!!!!
Thank you!
sunshiine2 years ago
This is so cute! The stitching is beautiful! Thanks for sharing Penolopy!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
Thanks sunshiine!
bajablue2 years ago
Way cool!!!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  bajablue2 years ago
Thank you!
scoochmaroo2 years ago
As stunning in photos as in real life. Well done!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  scoochmaroo2 years ago
Thanks! It's nice to have another desk decoration :)
mariesegal2 years ago
Thanks Penolopy, I am glad you did too. I would still like the spider hanging from the side of the frame too! ;-D
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  mariesegal2 years ago
Thanks! If I can find the time, I certainly will make it :)