Embroidery is a humble craft that only takes a few inexpensive supplies to get started. It's great news for anyone interested in beginning their own embroidery practice. But once you’ve got your hoop and a rainbow-colored selection of floss, now comes the eternal question: what do you want to sew? You can make up your own images, of course, but many newbies and advanced stitchers alike enjoy completing embroidery patterns created by other people.
Hand embroidery patterns can take many forms; they can be illustrative scenes, repeating motifs, or script-style text. Using a variety of stitches (dictated by the pattern), you then fill in the design. Patterns can range from basic stitches to complex techniques that are for advanced crafters. But whatever your skill level, the best part about sewing on embroidery patterns is that it’s easy to challenge yourself once you’ve mastered a particular style or stitch.
It’s easy to obtain a pattern and begin sewing. There are a ton of Etsy shops that sell digital patterns to download—meaning you can start right away. DMC Threads even has a number of free embroidery patterns to try, too. These tools are great for learning knots and different kids of stitches.
Looking for a pattern that includes embroidery supplies? In that case, embroidery kits are also a great option. They will have everything you need to start a creative project right away, including a set of instructions.
Any of these options makes a perfect project to fill your downtime or great gifts for the interested embroiderer in your life. Scroll down to see our selection of free patterns (for beginners and beyond), as well as several all-inclusive kits.
Start stitching right away when you download one of these free embroidery patterns from DMC Threads.
Free Embroidery Patterns
Summer Blossom (digital download)
Bee (digital download)
Terrarium (digital download)
You Got This (digital download)
Good Things Ahead (digital download)
You're Killing It (digital download)
Mexican Cacti (digital download)
New York (digital download)
Sweater and Jewels (digital download)
Poppy (digital download)
For even more possibilities, independent crafters have come up with their own designs available for purchase in their online shops.
Embroidery Kits and Downloads
Colorful Embroidery (digital download)
Cat and Planets Embroidery Kit
Floral Stained Glass Hand Embroidery Pattern (digital download)
Custom State and Flower DIY Embroidery Kit
Grow (digital download)
Beginner Embroidery Kit Set of 3
Solar Flair Space (digital download)
Figurative Embroidery Kit for Beginners
Blue Fish Beginner Embroidery Kit
Floral Letters Embroidery Pattern (digital download)
Butterfly Embroidery Kit
Bakery Items (digital download)
Floral Design (digital download)
Desert Cactus (digital download)
The Flower Shop Embroidery Pattern (digital download)
Tiger and Jungle Leaves (digital download)
Anatomical Beetle (digital download)
Over the Rainbow Embroidery Pattern (digital download)
This article has been edited and updated.
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