Handmade Holiday Day #8 – [square.ology] merry

[square.ology] merry.berry chart

It’s time to celebrate the final day of Just Another Button Company’s Handmade Holiday!

Hoop Up

Today we’re teaching you how to finish the new [square.ology] merry pieces: merry.berry & kiss.a.bit in embroidery hoops!

[square.ology] merry.berry chart

[square.ology] kiss.a.bit chart

These fabulous new charts were inspired by chalkboard drawings. They’re the perfect sizes to include with your holiday decor. Kiss.a.bit is finished in a 3″ embroidery hoop — that’s even small enough to hang on the tree.

Watch our video to see how you can finish your stitching just like the pictures on the charts.

Interested in buying a finishing kit with all the supplies for finishing just like we did? They’re available here on our website: kiss.a.bit & merry.berry.

Thank you so much for following along with our Handmade Holiday 2015 series! We hope you’ve enjoyed our video tutorials!

Handmade Holiday Day #7 – Perforated Paper Gift Tags

merry cane

Welcome to Handmade Holiday Day #7

Today we’re sharing how we made gift tags with these adorable Art to Heart cross stitch charts!




Watch the video below and then use the provided dimensions to finish your own gift tags!

Trimming Tips and Paper Dimensions

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  • Trim perforated paper leaving just one row of paper to the right and on the lower edge of the stitching. Leave 2 rows of paper to the left and above the stitching.
  • Cut Lime solid cardstock 5 ½”W x 3 ¼”H
  • Cut Red solid cardstock 6 ½”w x 4”H
  • Cut Red Dot strip 3”W x 4”H and solid Aqua strip 1 ¼”W x 4”H

Peppermint Stripes

  • Trim perforated paper leaving just one row of paper outside stitching.
  • Cut Aqua dot cardstock 4 1/2W x 4 1/2”H
  • Cut Red dot cardstock 5 1/2W x 5 1/2”H
  • Cut solid Red strip 1 ½”W x5”H and solid Aqua 1”W x 2”H

Merry Cane

  • Trim perforated paper leaving three rows of paper outside stitching.
  • Cut Aqua Dot 5 1/8”W x 3 7/8”H
  • Cut solid Red 6 1/8”W x 4 7/8”H
  • Cut solid Lime strip 1 ½”W x 4 ¼”


Have fun and be sure to watch for Day #8!

Handmade Holiday Day #5 – Make a Kissing Ball Ornament

Kissing Ball Ornament

Looking for a project for your Christmas party?

This is one of my favorite Christmas projects! We made these last year for our office Christmas party, here at JABC headquarters!

Follow along as we assemble a Mistletoe Kissing Ball Ornament, starting with one of our kits.

You’ll be so impressed with how simple it is to make something so special. Add one to your Christmas tree this year!

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Happy Holidays!


2 pieces to share

We were inspired to create a Halloween mini-set of [square.ology], that we’re calling [scare.ology]…aren’t we clever?

We’re always looking for fun new finishing ideas for [square.ology] and we’ve definitely found a good one for Scare.ology! We teamed up with Retromantic Fripperies to make a special thread organizer and box that make these finished pieces to-die-for! The box and the thread organizer are hand painted black with have a rubbed wax finish. The edges are distressed which adds a touch of vintage flavor.

scare.ology cross stitch by Just Another Button Company and Hands On Design


Never.More Cross Stitch Chart

never.more cross stitch chart - Just Another Button Company

And Scary.Bit Cross Stitch Chart

scary.bit cross stitch chart


You can finish your stitching just like we did! Start by following our Flat Finish Tutorial to flat finish your stitching. Then attach to the box or the thread organizer with stitchery tape.

nevermore cross stitch chart - Just Another Button Company

The scare.ology box works with the never.more chart as it is optimized for a 4″ square design.

scary bit cross stitch chart - Just Another Button Company



The scare.ology thread organizer works with the scary.bit as it is optimized for a 2″ square design.


We hope you enjoy stitching and finishing scare.ology!

Cross Stitch Finishing Tutorial – Ahoy Frame

cross stitch finishing tutorial

We’ve had lots of button fans ask about the frames we used to finish [square.ology] Ahoy. Today’s cross stitch finishing tutorial will share where to find them and how to finish them for your own Ahoy pieces. Before you start, you’ll want to read our Flat Finish Tutorial, it is the basis for all of our [square.ology] finishes and is a great finishing technique to have under your belt.

Now that you’ve read the Flat Finish Tutorial you’re ready to start finishing Ahoy! This cross stitch finishing tutorial shows how to finish the three 4″ x 4″ designs from Ahoy (Octopus Dance, Sail Around and Sandcastle Frame), however this will also work with any 4″ x 4″ [square.ology] design!

Follow the full tutorial below or download a PDF here.

Ready, Set, Finish!


Any of the 4” designs from Ahoy stitched on 30 count linen



Lacing thread (hand quilting thread or pearl cotton #8)

Stitchery tape (double-sided, acid free)

Acrylic paint

Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Art Minds 5 1/2” unfinished wood frame—from craft stores



Sharp sewing needles

Rotary cutter

Quilter’s ruler

Cutting mat

Box cutter

Iron & pressing surface


[square.ology] flat-finish tutorial

Foam brush





Prepare the Flat-Finished Squares:

  • Using the complimentary [square.ology] Flat-Finish Tutorial, flat finish your Octopus Dance, Sandcastle Frame or Sail Around stitching.
  • Sew any embellishments to your stitching with a sharp needle and matching thread.

Pick a Frame:

The original frames that are pictured on the chart were purchased from Hobby Lobby. The frame pictured at the beginning of this tutorial is from Michaels. Either of these frames (or others too!) will work, just be sure the wood is unfinished.  When picking a frame, take your flat finished stitching along so you can be sure the frame is big enough. Lay the flat finished piece on top of the frame to check that the edges of the frame show around the linen.

Paint the Frame:

Now comes the fun part —let’s play with paint!  I used  Sea Breeze Americana acrylic paint plus a few drops of white to achieve the color I wanted.

supplies for ahoy frame

  • Cut the twine hanger off of the frame at the knots. Cut carefully so you can tie this piece back on at the end.

ahoy frame tutorial

  • Use the foam brush to apply paint evenly to all of the frame’s edges, like the photo below. The  unfinished wood will absorb the paint.  There is no need to paint the middle section because it will be covered.

ahoy painted frame tutorial

  • Let the paint dry for about 15 minutes. Touch lightly with your finger to test dryness. If dry, apply a second coat of paint. This coat will take approximately 30 minutes to dry.

Distress the Frame:

  • Test the paint again with your finger to make sure it’s dry. If it is, then it’s time to sand the edges. Rub the edges with a small piece of sand paper to remove some of the paint from the curves to get a distressed look.

ahoy painted frame tutorial

Now we’ll distress the paint. I used Tim Holtz  Distress Ink—Frayed Burlap color.

ahoy frame tutorial


  • Take the ink pad and lightly sweep it across the paint. Don’t press it into the paint, just draw it across the surface so it brushes the frame.  It will look like this.

ahoy painted frame tutorial

  • Using  a Kleenex and moderate pressure with your fingertip, smudge the ink so that it is absorbed into the paint.

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Now it will look like this!

ahoy frame tutorial

Finish the Frame:

  • Retie the twine hanger onto the frame.

ahoy frame tutorial

  • Apply stitchery tape to the back of your flat finished square and remove the backing paper.
  • Position the flat finished square in the middle of the frame so that an even amount of the frame shows around all of the edges. Press firmly to apply the stitchery tape to the frame.

ahoy frame tutorial


Hang your finished frame in a prominent spot so you can look at it often and admire your handy-work!

I hope you enjoyed following our tutorial. While you’re here check out some of our other finishing tutorials–


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©2015, Hands On Design, Just Another Button Company™    No permission is granted to reproduce these instructions or images for commercial purposes, although shops may distribute the instruction sheet as part of a class or tutorial featuring [square.ology] or other products by Hands On Design or Just Another Button Company.  Permission for other uses must be granted individually and in writing.  The instructions and images may not be published or shared electronically by shops or individuals. Instructions and images are property of Hands On Design and Just Another Button Company.