25+ Free Cross-Stitch Patterns That You Can Start Sewing Right Now

Cross-stitch is a fun and relaxing craft. But like all types of embroidery, you have to practice in order to get better. The only way to do that is to sew! Patterns are the easiest way to do this, as someone has already figured out where the color and stitches are going to go. But if you’re new to the activity, it might seem like a lot to invest in different patterns—especially if you’re not in love with cross-stitch (yet). Luckily, there are a lot of free cross-stitch patterns available for you to try.

By virtue of trying new patterns, you’re sure to build on basic skills and even learn new ones. Once you’ve completed a pattern, you’ll have gained confidence in stitching as well as your ability to understand how to read charts in the future. It is also sure to inspire you to try more designs at a harder skill level.

One of the best places to find free patterns is DMC, the famous French thread manufacturer. On its website, it offers free cross-stitch patterns created by artists. But, DMC isn’t the only site where you can find complementary designs. Be on the lookout for releases from makers—sometimes, they will launch free patterns, too.

Scroll down for free cross-stitch patterns that will have you stitching right away.

Want to try cross-stitch? Or looking for a new design to sew? Check out these free cross-stitch patterns.


Pansy Bouquet


Sewing Machine


Pink Cockatoo




Vida la Vida




Plant Pot




Mint Herbs


Decorative Vase




Banana Leaf


Say Aloe to My Little Friend


Night Flora


Blue Ribbon


Black Cat




Star Chaser




Purple Prickly Pear


Mini Rainbow Heart


Bike With Flower


The Red Hat




Sewing Machine

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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