Child-Friendly Patterns

Here you'll find a collection of resources to help teach your children to cross stitch, including simple, child-friendly patterns.  I'll be adding more as the COVID pandemic continues, so keep checking back here on on social media for updates.

 

To download your free pattern, click on the PDF icon next to the photo to download a PDF file to use as many times as you like, and don't forget to keep scrolling for a full list of what you'll need.

• 42 x 42 stitches
• 5 colours
• Full crosses only

• 42 x 42 stitches
• 7 colours
• Full crosses

• 21 x 36 stitches
• Full crosses only
• 5 colours

• 42 x 42 stitches
• 2 colours
• Full crosses only

• 42 x 42 stitches
• 2 colours
• Full crosses only

• 42 x 42 stitches
• 7 colours
• Full crosses

• 70 x 70 stitches
• 3 colours
• Full crosses only

• 84 x 84 stitches
• 6 colours
• Full crosses only

Supplies list

Never stitched before?  Here's a list of things you'll need:

  • Cloth: the fancy cross-stitch cloth called 'Aida' is your best bet as it has nice big holes, evenly spaced for perfect little crosses.  There are different sizes, called 'counts' - the bigger the number, the smaller the gap between holes, and the more fiddly it is to work with. For most of my patterns I recommend 14ct, but children might find 11ct easier to work with.  It also comes in a load of funky colours, if plain white isn't your bag.  It looks like this, check out those holes:

  • Needle: you don't want a sharp pointy one!  Tapestry / cross stitch needles have nice blunt ends.  For 14 ct aida you'll want a size 24, for 11ct a size 22, although it doesn't make much of a difference

  • Thread: you can technically use any thread you like, but embroidery thread (or 'floss') is best suited for this sort of project.  There are many brands to choose from; the colour codes I use in my patterns are from the brand 'DMC', but you don't have to stick with them.  It usually comes in little skeins like this:

You'll also need something to cut with (you can get embroidery scissors if you're feeling fancy),

 

Something you don't need, but might find useful, is an embroidery hoop to help hold your fabric taut while you work.  They look like this:

All these items can be ordered online from a whole range of different craft shops, so there's no need to leave the house.

And now you're ready to start!  Download your pattern and get those kids stitching ♥

These patterns are completely free for all, you're welcome to sell the finished products, and you can share the patterns with your friends, too.  Please ensure you credit us as the pattern creator with any finished pieces you sell, and please don't sell the patterns themselves.

If you would like to say thank you and fancy buying me a cuppa, you can do so below.  It's always greatly appreciated, and it helps to fund more free patterns like these ♥  

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