How To Make Cross Stitched Magnets For Your Fridge
Not sure when this all began, but I have formed a mania for creating cross stitched magnets for my fridge. Actually I can pin-point this back to the Fall of 2007 when I purchase a roll of magnetic tape from the Walmart craft department. I have always adored magnets for the fridge, but I hate being limited to the ones sold in the store. In high school my sister had found a large magnet sheet and had fun creating all sorts of unique and colorful designs. Magnets on the fridge have always been important to me because for as long as I could remember my mom used these to display our art work. As we matured she began to display our report cards and school certificates on the fridge, which was always a place to admire and feel accomplishment. Also, this may sound silly, but I have found I am far less likely to go foraging through my fridge when I am bored if I decorate it in a meaningful way. Stopping to admire the magnets and the other items I have posted to the fridge, which curbs the desire to eat when I am not hungry. As an adult I have even scanned and printed out pieces of art work I gave to family and friends, so I enjoy being able to see my copies displayed prominently on the fridge.
Before Christmas I began working on a snowman crossed stitched magnet, but with the holiday festivities I did not finish him on time to hub about it. However, I like snowmen even after Christmas, and they definitely are popular to make all through the winter snow storms. Living down in the valley means the only snow I will see is by looking to my mountains above, or taking a trip up there, but my little snowman reminds me of the good aspects of snow days. What are the not so good parts about living in snow? To start with shelving and the cold itself! So creating a cross stitched magnet was the perfect way for me to have my very own snowman year around, and he definitely will not melt in the heat Southern California will soon be experiencing again with spring. Take a gander at the photos and the video below to see how I designed this delightful magnet. Hopefully this will give you a few ideas about making some of your own magnets.
Step One: Create A Snowman Shaped Character
I used a lid to create the three snowball shapes, each on top of each other. I simply traced around the lid, and positioned it to create each snowball. Next, I cut the snowman shape out of the plastic canvas mesh.
Step Two: Stitch On The Snowman's Eyes
I made a cross stitched several times in the same location. By cross stitching over the same holes it causes the yarn to pile up, and to create a mound shape, which looks like eyes. I love the quality of the 100% cotton brown yarn, but honest I just use what ever materials I have on hand. In the future I plan on buying more pure cotton yarn because it does hold up well with the cross stitching process. I have knitted and crocheted a few things over the years, but wondered why I never developed the penchant I had hoped I would for it. Honestly I just prefer cross stitch because it is so much more simple, and much more rewarding in the short term. I love the way the yarn looks as I cross stitch it on to the canvas plastic mesh as well.
Step Three: Stich On The Snowman's Nose
I used the same in place cross stitching technique to create the round shape of the nose. His features make him look so cartoonish and adorable, which is what I adore about the characters I make.
Step Four: Stitch On The Snowman's Smile
I used cross stitching to create this delectable smile on the snowman.
Step Five: Sew On The Buttons
Cross stitching over the same location multiple times creates the ideal little knolls, which make perfect little buttons.
Step Six: Begin Stitiching On The White Yarn
Snowmen are white since they are made out of snow, so I decided to use this color of yarn on the body of my creation. First I stitched around the head, and then filled in the interior.
Step Seven: Keep Cross Stitching On The White Yarn
Continue stitching the white yarn on the snowman's head.
Step Eight: Keep On Cross Stitching The Head
At this stage the snowman's head is at the midway point of being filled in.
Step Nine: Face Is Almost Filled In
In this step I have added about 3/4 of the white yarn to the face region.
Step Ten: Finish Cross Stitching The Face
Once I finished cross stitching the face I was able to concentrate on the rest of the body.
Step Eleven: Begin Crossing Stitching The Red Scarf
Snowmen just look so cute with scarves, so I decided to give mine one!
Step Twelve: Add The Other Side of The Scarf
Cross stitch on the other side of the snowman's scarf.
Step Thirteen: Continue Stitching On The White Yarn
Here I continued stitching on the white yarn of my snowman.
Step Fourteen: Continue Stitching On The White Yarn
Here I am cross stitching my snowman all the way down the body. I love the way the snowman looks as he is filled in, which gives me a sense of actually creating something, especially towards the end of the process.
Step Fifteen: The Snowman Is Almost Complete
Once you get towards the end of making of cross stitching your character, this is when you will begin to catch on the addictive sensation of the rhythmic pull of the yarn. It is almost hypnotic to feel myself pushing the yarn through the holes on the plastic canvas mesh, and unlike painting or drawing, this activity allows me to watch TV!
Step Sixteen: Attach The Magnets
Once the cross stitched snowman was completed I simply affixed the adhesive magnets to his back. Now he is ready to decorate my fridge as a super cute magnet!