Get ready for Christmas stitching with these free holiday embroidery patterns! From vintage Christmas motifs to a modern tree embroidered card, there are so many adorable designs to choose from.
Whether you're creating decor for your home or making gifts for friends and family, it's never too early to start stitching. So grab a needle and embroidery hoop and take a look at some of the sweetest Christmas patterns around.
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Do forest animals celebrate Christmas? Aimee Ray's adorable pattern suggests that they do, and it's too cute to resist. From the ornaments to the snowflakes and the star on top, these furry friends will bring whimsy to your holiday.
Forest Animal Christmas Pattern from Little Dear Tracks
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Embroidery artist Anna Scott shares her patterns and tutorial for making ornaments with beautifully stitched stars. The designs feel both classic and modern and would look lovely hanging on your tree. They would also make a wonderful gift, and if you choose the right colors, these ornaments could be displayed well beyond the holidays.
Stitched Star Holiday Ornament Pattern from Anna Scott Embroidery
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Mini Holiday Patterns
As Christmas comes closer, you may start looking for patterns that are small, fast, and not too tricky. Kids will enjoy stitching these, and the motifs are just the right size to turn into a patch or pin, which is great for DIY gifts.
Holiday Mini Embroidery Patterns from The Spruce
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Have you tried ribbon embroidery? Hobbycraft offers you the opportunity to work in this style of stitching while making a Merry Christmas wreath hoop. Only the large flowers use ribbon, so even if it's new to you, you can jump right in or change out those stitches and work them with regular embroidery floss.
Merry Christmas Wreath Pattern from HobbycraftContinue to 5 of 10 below.
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This adorable winter scene from Laura at Bugs and Fishes looks so sweet stitched in white on a blue felt background. It would make a cute ornament, but it's just as cute in a hoop. To make your own embroidered snow globe, you'll just need to know how to backstitch and how to mark your pattern with the tracing paper method.
Winter Snow Globe Pattern from Bugs and Fishes
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Polka Dot Tree Embroidery Pattern
Stitch a contemporary tree with a few wrapped and woven stitches. You can work this design on fabric, but it's also good for making a very special holiday card for someone. Use traditional colors to make it a Christmas tree or try blues for a tree that stays around all winter.
Polka Dot Tree from The Spruce
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Vintage embroidery transfers are always charming, and Christmas designs are even more so. Floresita shares public domain patterns from her collection on her blog, Vintage Transfer Finds. The bundled-up children truly are holiday cuties.
Holiday Cuties Vintage Transfer Patterns from Vintage Transfer Finds
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Create your own Christmas chalkboard art—with fabric and thread. When worked on black fabric, the tight running stitch and sketchy fill stitch really do take on a chalk art look. Once you try this pattern, you may even want to try this style on other designs too.
Merry Christmas Chalk Hoop Art from Flamingo ToesContinue to 9 of 10 below.
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For a modern take on classic holiday icons, try out these geometric Christmas patterns. Work them up with large, simple backstitch for a fast finish, or use satin stitch to fill in each section and give the motifs texture. Since the ends of the stitches are far apart, these patterns are suitable for stitching on wood and making easy ornaments.
Geometric Christmas Patterns from The Spruce
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Becky at Patchwork Posse offers this collection of free holiday designs and each one is more charming than the last. The bird, tree, Santa, and snowman are kid-friendly, but they would also look adorable stitched on kitchen towels for an easy handmade gift.
Sweet and Simple Holiday Embroidery Pattern Collection from Patchwork Posse