7 Cross Stitch Border Patterns

You just finished your current cross stitch project but you are looking for something to add a bit more ​flair to the piece. You don't want to leave the project blank. Why not add a border to your cross stitch? Below is a small sampling of free and for-purchase borders to make your cross stitch project stand out. 

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    Geometric Borders

    Geometric borders.

    Handmade Adelaide

    Many people think that geometric borders equal mid-century modern. Handmade Adelaide shows us that geometric shapes can be soft, more traditional and acceptable for any style of cross stitch. These borders are free on her website. You can print them out or save them to your computer. 

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    Flower and Vine Border

    Flower and vine border.

    Cyber Stitchers

    If you are seeking a more traditional border with a bit of color, this Flower and Vine Border is perfect for you. It is a bit more detailed than most borders and maybe a little more difficult for beginning cross stitchers, but it is worth the work. It will make your centerpiece pop even more. This border would work beautifully with food or kitchen related cross stitch pieces. It is available for free on their website. ​

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    Perennial Border

    Perennial border.

    123 Stitch

    Is there a beautiful poem or moment in time you would like to preserve? Why not cross-stitch it and add this very detailed floral Perennial Border. This pattern is somewhat bigger and definitely more time consuming than most borders, but the details are worth the extra work. This piece would be beautiful for newlyweds' wedding vows. It can also be stitched in memory of someone who has passed on. It is a very elegant pattern that will be treasured for years to come. 

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    Star Geometric Pattern

    Star geometric pattern.

    Cross Stitch Pattern

    Geometric shapes can come in a wide variety of styles. The Star Geometric Border from Cross Stitch gives a nod to a tribal or Native American pattern. These stars can be changed to any color to work with your cross stitch project and they can be sized up or down.

    They can also be stitched up individually as ornaments, key chains or pieces of jewelry. The border would be perfect for a western themed cross stitch or a Big Lebowski quote. This border is free for you to download. 

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    Assisi Border

    Assisi border.

    Everything Cross Stitch

    Assisi is a small town in Italy and the birthplace of St. Francis. Assisi is also a kind of needlework that was popular in medieval Italy. The cross stitch features a background that is filled in and the main image is left blank. Everything Cross Stitch has taken this technique and created an Assisi Embroidery Border Pattern. This border is breathtaking and intricate. It is a border that will take your cross stitch to another level. 

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    Butterfly and Flower Border

    Flower border.


    This Butterfly and Flower Border is the perfect cross stitch border for beginners. Even though it is not as detailed as others, it still is a statement piece. You can pick different colors depending on your likes and the imagery of the main cross stitch project. This pattern is for free at Broderie. You can adjust the pattern for the size of your cross stitch. It would also make a beautiful frame using plastic canvas and yarn. 

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    Folklore Frieze

    Folklore frieze.

    Petites Croix

    Petites Croix shares this Folklore Frieze cross stitch border for free on their website. It mixes medieval images with more folk-inspired artwork. It is done in one color, but would also look good with variegated floss. You could use this border on pillows and bookmarks. Cross stitch your favorite fairy tale and finish it off with this folksy pattern.