Summer is a great time to relax, enjoy some sun (or shade!), and pick up a cross stitch project! From full samplers to mini motifs, this collection of summer cross stitch patterns is the perfect place to start.
You can choose some free designs as well as kits with almost everything you need to stitch. And no matter if you like to stay poolside, head for the beach, or even rough it in the outdoors, there's a pattern here for you.
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Bright summer colors and modern motifs make up this sampler from Satsuma Street! The grid features a smiling sun at the center, with fruit, fish, and other wildlife around. The best part about a pattern like this is that you can stitch the entire piece use the individual squares as mini charts!
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Delicious fruit is always a highlight of summer and strawberries top the list. This free cross stitch pattern from Sugaridoo is berry sweet indeed. It looks adorable in a hoop, but would also be cute as a card or stitched on a baby onesie!
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Want a project that you can work on bit by bit? This large design is broken into nine parts for a mystery stitch-a-long. Not all of it is a mystery now, but that shouldn't stop you from signing up and enjoying the sections that make up a fun seaside design. They even have a matching beach huts needle minder!
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Pineapples are another fun fruit that celebrates summer. Happy pink pineapples are even better! This simple pattern is extra cute and perfect for stitching poolside with a tropical drink close by.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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Whether you love camping in a tent or getting away to a lakeside cabin, this collection of cross stitch charts from DMC is perfect for you! You can use the six designs on their own or use all of them to make the cross stitch afghan from their free project.
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Pink flamingoes are practically the animal mascot of summer. And as Bev from the Flamingo Toes blog points out with her free pattern, they are both majestic and awkward. Stitch this fun summer design to show off your majestically awkward side!
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Originally appearing in Cross Stitch Crazy magazine, these geometric pincushions are a fun summer project. The designs themselves aren't summer-specific, but the colors definitely are!
If you've never made a biscornu before, they start as two squares. You then stitch them together on an angle, giving the pincushions their unusual shape.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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Prefer to do your stitching on the deck of a boat? Or maybe you dream of stitching near the shore and watching a regatta? This cross stitch kit is here for you! Riverdrift Needlework's Regatta Sampler comes as a full kit, but you can also purchase the digital version from Creative Poppy Patterns.
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Sun, Shore, and Waves Galore! That's what this mini-pattern is all about. The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery is known for their adorable patterns, and this was lives up to that reputation. From the fun summer saying to the colors and motifs, this cross stitch chart has it all. Plus, be sure to check out their many other summery designs.
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Summer fruits are a theme in this list of patterns, but this one combines watermelon with ice cream and popsicles! The design has enough detail to keep it interesting without making it too difficult. And if one ice cream bar isn't enough for you, Anna from Gentle Feather also has a chart with this and two other summer treats all in one.
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Not all cross stitch needs to be elaborate. These free summer motifs are just the right size to stitch while you have a few minutes between activities. Choose your favorites and stitch them on the corner of summer napkins or make a bunch into magnets for a summertime magnet playset!