Ahhhh, listen to those bells jingling. It must be Christmas! Imagine how much fun people would have with their Christmas cards if they arrived with the jingle of a bell as they landed on the doormat. And no, that's not the postman ringing the doorbell as he has a parcel – it's a light festive tinkle of a jingle bell, adorning the cards in these Rudolph and Santa cross stitch patterns!


If you have some little bells in your craft stash, dig them out These Santa cross stitch patterns have been created to work with all different sizes of bell, so even if yours is larger than the 10mm bells we have shown in our cards, there should still be plenty of space to include them in your Rudolph and Santa cross stitch patterns. If your bells are coloured, that's all the better! Do you have a red bell to serve as Rudolph's nose?

We are finishing our Rudolph and Santa cross stitch patterns as Christmas cards in square aperture card mounts. If you are buying there, you'll need a 5.5cm square aperture. Or why not try making your own with our DIY aperture card tutorial?

If your cards are travelling a long way in the post, you might want to put a little tissue paper over the bell to protect it and stop it getting squashed in transit. But if you use 20mm bells or smaller, you can still post these as Large Letters without them getting too thick. If you want to keep postage costs as low as possible, replace the bell with a flat charm, button, sequin or even a squashable mini pompom to make sure your card is less than 5mm thick – or of course you can always cross stitch this into your design! Or why not try our Christmas card cross stitch patterns instead? You might also like this teddy bear cross stitch pattern, which makes an adorable Christmas greeting, or get all your Christmas stitching sorted in one download with our 40 Amercian Christmas cross stitch charts

About the Rudolph & Santa cross stitch patterns

Stitches Fractionals, cross stitch, backstitch

Fabric Light blue iridescent aida measuring 15x15cm (6x6in) for each card

Threads Stranded cotton as listed in the key

Needle Size 24 tapestry needle

Extras Bells and square aperture card from high street stores

These designs originally appeared in The World of Cross Stitching issue 169, along with a matching card designs for a snowman and a Santa cross stitch pattern sleigh hanging. You can purchase the Santa cross stitch pattern for the sleigh hanging from Jenny Barton's online chart shop

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Download the Rudolph & Santa cross stitch patterns

Click to download the Rudolph Santa cross stitch patterns. The download is an A4 PDF with 2 cross stitch patterns and an accompanying key.

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Jenny BartonCross Stitch Designer

Jenny started her stitching life working for DMC Creative World in her early career, before branching out as a freelance cross stitch designer, regularly producing projects for Cross Stitch Gold, Cross Stitch Crazy and The World of Cross Stitching. She also manages her own website, JB Cross Stitch, where she sells PDFs of her cross stitch patterns. Jenny is a talented artist, creating incredibly realistic wildlife portraits in coloured pencil. She is mum to two girls and has a very cheeky pet parrot.

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