DIY tutorial: make your own cross stitch magnet (without felt)

Hi, this is the beginning of your ellipsis box DIY journey! You'll find on this page a complete written tutorial to make any cross stitch magnet kit.

This tutorial is a slight variation on the one with felt: sometimes, because of a pattern shape, it's prettier not to put felt at the back of the magnet. In this case, one can simply glue the magnets on the back.

If you prefer to see a video, Sirithre has made one here.

Finally, if you have any question, join me on Discord or on Twitch so that I can help you directly!


Here are the contents of the DIY kit to make a cross-stitch magnet, available on ellipsis box:

  • aida plastic fabric, pre-cut to the right size
  • one or two magnets
  • a size 7 needle
  • DMC embroidery threads

The cross stitch pattern is available by scanning the QR code from the kit. Send me a message if you encounter any issue. :)

Making a cross-stitch magnet is an activity I really enjoy, as it allows you to make a small project relatively quickly with your own hands. It takes about 3 hours of work, with soft (or epic!) music in the background...

Step 1: Follow the model on the plastic aida canvas

Look at the legend on the model to identify which colour corresponds to which section. 

Personally, I prefer to follow the pattern from left to right and top to bottom.

One of the most important aspects of cross stitching is counting... To check that you are starting your pattern in the right place, and that you will have room to fit the whole pattern on the aida canvas.

As for the number of threads, each strand consists of 6 threads. I suggest using two strands to make the cross-stitches.

Thread your two strands through the needle, and make a triple or quadruple knot at one end of your thread.

After counting and making sure you start in the right place, use the following template to make cross-stitches:

If you have only one cross-stitch to make:


 You start from the back of the fabric, the needle goes out from 1 and stitch in 2. It goes out in 3 to be stitched in 4. And you got a cross-stitch!

If you have several cross-stitches of the same colour to make:

Once your thread is finished, or you have no more cross-stich to do, you need to secure the thread to the back of the Aida fabric, by passing it behind already-made cross-stitches:


Step 2: Cut off the excess aida canvas

Once the pattern is complete, use a pair of scissors to cut away the excess of Aida canvas around your pattern. Be sure to keep the cross-stitch borders to avoid damaging your design.

Step 3: Glue the magnets on the back of the design

This tutorial variation is quicker, since you only need to glue the magnets on the back of your design.

And that's it!

Share your magnet by tagging @ellipsis_box :)