General Grievous Perler Bead Coaster

Grievous perler cross stitch   Grievous perler pattern cross stitch

In the midst of all the terror, there is something tragic and vulnerable about General Grievous.

Despite being such a fearsome villain, we can’t help but feel sorry for him.  The credit has to go his designer Warren Fu.  When Grievous was introduced to us in Episode III, we really didn’t know much about Grievous’ back story.  Later, in the canon, we of course find out that his transformation was triggered by the death of his dear (female) friend Ronderu lij Kummar.  However, through Fu’s choice of making Grievous’ chest cavity open (and heart exposed), we feel that loss and humanity, without knowing anything about him.  We get a sense of vulnerability, in a way entirely unexpected of a Jedi-killing cyborg.

That back story also foretells Anakin’s descent into darkness. Here is George Lucas’ take on who Grievous is…

With General Grievous, I wanted somebody who was reminiscent of what Anakin is going to become, which is a half man, half robot. In this case, Grievous is sort of 20% alien and 80% robot.

We are in the process of writing up the post on our DIY Grievous Costume. While we finish that up, you can read more about General Grievous at, or make  # 23 in our Perler bead/cross-stitch/Lego/pixel/mosaic series.


How To:

  • Download and print out the pattern provided (mirror it, if you only plan on ironing on only 1 side).
  • Cut out, then tape pattern to the back of the Perler Pegboard so the dots line up with the pegs.
  • Add the Perler beads (tweezers are pretty handy if you don’t have a 6 yr old’s tiny fingers).
  • Carefully move pegboard to ironing board, place parchment (or Perler ironing paper) on top.
  • Iron until the beads start melting together (If you have never done this before, it might take some practice to get it “just right”).
  • Let cool for a bit, remove from Perler Pegboard and remove paper.
  • Optional: turn over, cover with parchment paper and iron on other side. (put something solid and heatproof underneath to make ironing easier)
  • If you only iron on 1 side, place it under something flat and heavy while it cools, to avoid curving.
  • Cut cork about 1/4” smaller than the square, affix to the back.
  • Don’t forget the Bantha Milk. Enjoy!


Usually people iron on both sides of the Perler bead design, but I prefer to only do the back. The designs look crisper and more “pixely”.  With the cork on the back, I have not had any problems with the coasters falling apart, but feel free to iron yours on both sides.

Note, if you only plan on iron on only 1 side, you need to mirror the pattern.

Also, the coasters are pretty hard to clean, so try not to get anything too gunky in there.

Get Supplies:

Perler Beads – Black
Perler Beads – White
Perler Beads – Grey
 (Light Grey)
Perler Beads – Orange
Perler Beads – Cheddar

Perler Beads Clear Square Pegboards 4 Pack
Perler Fun Fusion Ironing Paper 6/Pkg-
Darice Adhesive Backed Cork Tiles   (This is a bit thicker than what I used, but I can’t find the same kind I got)


Feel free to use these patterns for any personal use – but please do not sell items made with them.  Also, feel free to link to this blog so others can download the pattern, but do not download and then re-upload in order to offer them as downloads on your own site/blog. THANKS!


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