- Old coloring pages or simple printed car logo images can be given a "needlework" treatment or decorations or gifts. All images: Lisa Tate

DIY Car Logo Needlework

All levels of crafters can put together handmade "needlework" gifts using car logo designs or coloring pages

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This holiday and Christmas season may have less opportunities to get out and purchase gifts. In addition, many of us may find ourselves with tighter budgets when it comes to finding gifts, including specialized gifts for gearheads.

This is a reason to return to the small, homemade giftgiving this year, including finding use of upcycled items.

One idea is turning simple images of car logos and other simple car art, into original embroidered and needlework designs. The process can be as simple or detailed as the crafter wants. Anyone with a remedial knowledge of needlework can do these. For those without and stitching knowhow, I've included a link to basic, easy stitches later in this article.

First, pick a coloring page or simple logo. These can be ripped from a book or printed out, and can be as basic as you need them. If you print one out, I recommend using cardstock to make it sturdier, but regular typing paper is okay if that's all you have. If you want it to look more interesting, print it on light colored paper, or paint the paper with some watercolors or watered down craft paint before or after the stitching.

Printed out logos design. Start with the simpler ones.

Printed out logos design. Start with the simpler ones.

Once you choose a pattern, it needs to be made a little more secure, Find a piece of corrugated cardboard and lightly glue the image on top of it. I’ve used spray glue, but that can be a little messy for younger crafters. School or craft glue also works.

Images mounted on cardboard.

Images mounted on cardboard.

Find a large metal yarn needle (those plastic ones won’t work) or a thin nail, and lightly poke holes around the outline of the design. Don’t make them too close together. This will make it easier when you bring a threaded needle through the cardboard.

Try to place holes far enough apart to not cause any rips in the image.

Try to place holes far enough apart to not cause any rips in the image.

Now, it’s time to do the needlework, using plain embroidery thread. There are two easy ways to do the it.

The most basic level, especially for kids, is simply following the outline of the image with a border, ”back stitch,” which can also done with thicker yarn.

Beginning back stitch.

Beginning back stitch.

The second way is straightforward embroidery “Satin Stitch,” covering the entire space with the thread.

Satin stitch design.

Satin stitch design.

Rather than trying to “reinvent the wheel” and teach basic stitching methods for those who don’t already know, I found a site with some basic “embroidery stitch” tutorials including the back and satin stitch methods.

These can be framed or left as is to hang for wall art, or you can cut out simpler images to make tree ornaments, magnets or pins. The amount of time and detail you put into these is up to you, but the finished product is something will appreciate as a one-of-a-kind gift made just for them.

Stitched needlework logos can be used as fun wall art...

Stitched needlework logos can be used as fun wall art...

..or cut out for ornaments, magnets and more.

..or cut out for ornaments, magnets and more.

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