If you're looking for free hand embroidery patterns, the search is over! We've gathered our top 25 free designs so you can stitch something for any occasion, any time of the year.
Nearly all these patterns require only the basic 15 stitches that every embroiderer should know, but we also have a few designs that will let you stretch your skills.
Time to get stitching!
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Pretty Posy Welcome Embroidery Pattern
Use this Pretty Posy Welcome design to create a welcome sign for your home! You can work the entire pattern with a handful of basic stitches, and the result is beautiful. Try framing your finished welcome embroidery in an embellished hoop and displaying it on a small easel, or give it as a housewarming gift!
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Vegetable Garden Embroidery Sampler
Want to practice new embroidery stitches? Our Vegetable Garden Sampler pattern uses 11 different stitches, some of which are a little more advanced. And although this design is helpful for learning, it's also a great embroidery to make for your favorite gardener or veggie-loving friend.
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Home Sweet Home Pattern and Wall-Hanging Project
Adorn your wall with an adorable embroidered handkerchief featuring our Home Sweet Home pattern. If you'd rather skip the wall-hanging, the simple design with a classic sentiment is also perfect for any of your home-related embroidery projects!Continue to 5 of 25 below.
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Always Bee Mine Valentine Pattern
Whether you want to celebrate Valentine's Day or you simply love bees, this Always Bee Mine pattern is super sweet. It's surrounded by a scalloped hexagon honeycomb border, along with some simple running stitch. You can also leave off the words to make this a honeybee pattern without a Valentine feeling.
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Stem Stitch Butterfly Embroidery Design
If you're working in stem stitch or if you want to get better at this classic stitch, the Stem Stitch Butterfly pattern is perfect for you. It's also perfect for spring and would make a beautiful addition to a child's t-shirt or a bag. You only need three stitches for this design: French knots and detached chain for a few details and stem stitch for everything else—including the fill stitching!
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Ice Cream Cone Mandala Pattern
What's better than one embroidered ice cream cone? Six embroidered ice cream cones in a rainbow of flavors! Our Ice Cream Cone Mandala design gives you the opportunity to relax as you stitch in a repeat while deciding if you want all the ice cream to be the same color or different.
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Seasonal Word Art Pattern Collection
Welcome summer, along with autumn, winter, and spring, with these collections of Seasonal Word Art embroidery patterns. Each design features tiny elements from the season they celebrate. Make the whole collection and display them through the year!Continue to 9 of 25 below.
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Romantic Word Patterns and Ring Pillow Project
Express your love with one of three Romantic Word patterns. Choose from "Always," "Cherish," and "Forever," then stitch them on the accompanying wedding ring pillow. Or, use these designs to add something special to a cuff or inside a collar for a reminder of love.
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Summertime Border and Corner Designs
Add a fun embroidered edge motif with a summer theme using this group of Summertime Border and Corner designs. The star, frozen treat, and ocean creatures lines can repeat, or you might use just a corner pattern to embellish your picnic tablecloth.Continue to 13 of 25 below.
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Classic Sashiko Patterns
Create gorgeous geometric designs with the traditional Japanese embroidery style of sashiko! Our set of 8 Classic Sashiko patterns is a great place to start. Once you master the sashiko variation of running stitch, you can also continue on to use the second set of sashiko designs.
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Sashiko Single Motifs and Frame
Not all sashiko embroidery forms overall patterns; sometimes sashiko takes the form of individual motifs. Which is perfect for when you want to make something small! This group of Simple Single Sashiko patterns with classic Japanese style comes with a border to frame your designs too.
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Trio of Teacup Embroidery Motifs
If embroidery is your cup of tea, then this Trio of Teacup patterns is perfect for you. Inspired by vintage teacups, our patterns look great stitched as a collection or worked on their own. Use them to make special linens for your next tea party!Continue to 17 of 25 below.
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Mushroom Mosaic Pattern
This Mushroom Mosaic pattern takes you to the forest floor for your stitching. Fill your hoop with a variety of mushroom styles or choose a few individual motifs to use from the pattern. Embroidering fungi can be fun!
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Happy Dancing Crayons Pattern
When you open a new box of coloring supplies, do you do a little happy dance? Because these smiling crayons do! Stitch this Happy Dancing Crayons pattern on a school bag or make a gift for your art teacher. And be sure to use your favorite colors!Continue to 21 of 25 below.
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Give Thanks Embroidery Pattern
Although "give thanks" is an idea and suggestion most commonly expressed around Thanksgiving, it's a good reminder for any day of the year. Stitch this Give Thanks pattern along with the floral spray and display it year-round. You can also try working the flowers with a combination of applique and embroidery!
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Sweet Gingerbread Embroidery Motifs
Gingerbread is a classic sweet treat at Christmas, but these stitched cookies are fun for other times of the year too. For example, you can embroider the Sweet Gingerbread patterns onto felt and use them for a felt board story time and tell the tale of the gingerbread man!
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Winter Snowflake Patterns
Stitch a mini blizzard with this set of Winter Snowflake embroidery patterns! The designs have a few details to make them special, but they're still easy to stitch. You can even customize the patterns or make them sparkle with metallic threads.Continue to 25 of 25 below.
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Cheers to You Celebration Design
Celebrate a new year, a new you, or any special occasion with our Cheers to You pattern. The champagne bottle and glasses also work as separate patterns so you can work this design up however you like. Cheers!