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Cross Stitch Finishing Ideas

Updated on February 25, 2016
Queen Bee Framed Art
Queen Bee Framed Art | Source

Though sometimes thought of as an outdated art form, cross stitching has never been so popular. Every day, new cross stitch designers are popping up from all over the world, and each designer takes on a special individuality and charm. From classic to modern, there is something for everyone and what’s even better is that each pattern can be completely customized (substituting colors, adding text, adjusting stitch counts, etc.) to fit your needs, whatever they may be. And unlike yesteryear where most finished projects were simply framed and hung over the fireplace, nowadays, there are many, many options available for showcasing your precious stitches.

Social media platforms such as Pinterest, Instagram and needlecraft specific blogs are great sources of inspiration when looking for ways to finish your cross stitched pieces of art.

Below are just a few ideas to get you started:

Stitched Bookmarks
Stitched Bookmarks | Source


Bookmarks are fun projects because you can finish them in literally just a few hours due to the small amount of stitches it takes to compete one.

There are thousands of patterns available small enough to work perfectly for this finishing technique, and many publications for bookmark-specific patterns are available at retail stores.

Stitched Greeting Card
Stitched Greeting Card | Source

Greeting Cards

Cross-stitched greeting cards are becoming ever so popular, especially with the recent paper-crafting boom in the industry. There are many books available with patterns dedicated to making your own greeting cards, and they require few supplies, and more importantly, less time. And because your stitching will become the focal point of your handmade card, you don't even need to be an expert paper-crafter to become handmade card maker in no time at all!

Stitched Gift Tag
Stitched Gift Tag | Source

Gift Tags

Along with greeting cards, gift tags are the perfect quick-and-easy project. In fact, many cross stitch greeting card books contain smaller versions made especially for gift tags, further coordinating your ensemble.

Tea Box
Tea Box | Source

Box Tops

Jazz up a plain old wooden or paper mache box by adding a finished cross stitch pattern. Your pattern can be mounted to the box itself or to a matting board and finished off with trim.

Clock | Source


Clocks are a really unique idea for cross stitching projects. The background can be stitched in any theme or design you would like and set into a frame. Clock parts, available at most craft stores, can be set inside your finished product.

Stitched Buttons
Stitched Buttons | Source


Stitched buttons are a great idea for finishing if you have limited time because they only require 1” or less of stitching in order to be assembled. Cover buttons are readily available at most needlecraft shops, or online, and are usually inexpensive.

Stitched Magnets
Stitched Magnets | Source


Stitched magnets are finished exactly the same way as stitched buttons. However, ¾” magnets are necessary and will need to be glued to the back of your button. Mini motifs and patterns are readily available and can be mixed and matched to complete some really great coordinating magnet sets.

Stitched Hand Towel
Stitched Hand Towel | Source

Hand Towels

Dish towels with cross stitch fabric (usually Aida cloth) center are available at most craft stores and allow you to add a small design of your choice. They are one of the fastest, simplest cross stitch projects you can complete

Stitched Coaster
Stitched Coaster | Source


Clear, acrylic coasters are available at most craft stores and will allow you to slip in a piece of finished project in between the front and back.

More Ideas...


Scissor fobs


Notebook or scrapbook covers

Door signs


Candle wrappers

Jar wrappers

Tooth fairy pillow

Oven mitts



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    • Nicoinstitches profile image

      Nico 2 years ago from Ottawa, ON

      Wonderful ideas!

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      These ideas could motivate me to do cross stitch again. Keeping these finishing options in mind for sure--thanks.