Rainbows have always been a symbol of hope, and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic rainbows became a national (if not worldwide) way of people sharing a bit of joy with each other, with people displaying rainbows that they'd made in a variety of crafts in their windows. What started as a way of children home from school spreading a bit of joy has turned into a bit of a trend, with adults getting on board too - after all we all need a reason to smile right now. So below you'll find our list of fab free rainbow patterns for you to try, and we've also included a few that you can get your kids involved with too - enjoy!

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1. Free Crochet Rainbow Pattern

Crocheters of all ages will love this cute little rainbow motif. The design was originally published in Simply Crochet magazine as a way of embellishing a child's top, but we think it would also look fantastic on a card, or why not just pop it in your window and spread some crochet joy! Find the free pattern here.

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2. Free Paper Plate Rainbow Tutorial

With the majority of kids in the UK home from school at the moment, it's important to keep them occupied, and crafty makes is a great activity that you can do together. We found this fab tutorial for this paper-plate rainbow make, where all you need is a paper plate and some felt tip pens (and some optional cellophane strips and pompoms). You can find the full tutorial here and check out our paper crafts for kids for more colourful paper projects.

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3. Free Rainbow Cushion Sewing Pattern

If you're feeling in a stitchy mood, check out our fab free cushion sewing pattern. Customise it with three of your own favourite colours, or if you're feeling brave maybe try adapting the pattern to include ever colour of the rainbow! Click here to find the Free Rainbow Cushion Sewing Pattern

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4. Crochet granny squares in every colour of the rainbow

Welcome new arrivals with rainbow vibes with Becky Skuse’s sweet and simple Free granny square baby blanket crochet pattern free pattern.

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5. Free Knitted Giant Rainbow Pattern by Sincerely Louise

We love this super-size knitted rainbow by Sincerely Louise! Whether you hang it up in your window, or just cuddle up with it on the sofa, it's bound to put a smile on your face. Click here for the Free Giant Rainbow knitting pattern

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6. Free Papercraft Rainbow Mobile

Create a radiant rainbow papercraft rainbow, which is sure to bring some seasonal cheer to your living space... or why not hang it in your window to spread a bit of joy! Find the tutorial here!

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7. Free Rainbow Quilt Pattern

If you fancy trying your hand at quilting, this fantastic rainbow quilt is a great project to have a go at! Because it's a pixel project, you'll only need to cut simple squares of fabric to make it, then it's just a simple case of sewing it all together. Click here for the Free Rainbow Quilt Pattern.

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8. Polymer Clay Rainbow Necklace tutorial

If your kids (or you crafty folks) have any Polymer clay (e.g. FIMO) stashed away, maybe it's time to crack it out and give this Rainbow necklace a try - kids will love rolling out those little rainbow snakes! Find the tutorial here!

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9. Free Crochet rainbow pattern by Cara Medus

Simply Crochet's very own technical editor has created this super-cute little rainbow for you to hook up! You could use it as a decoration to hang in your window, but we think it would also make a fab brooch too! Find the free crochet rainbow pattern here.

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10. Mollie Makes free appliqué rainbow pattern

Fancy a colourful embroidery project? Then you can't go wrong with this fab embroidered rainbow patch form Mollie Makes. It makes the perfect addition to a plain white t-shirt! Find the pattern here!

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11. Free rainbow templates for embroidery and punch needle fun

Add rainbows to all your clothes and punch needle rainbows into homewares with Bonny Cummings' downloadable rainbow designs.

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12. Cross stitch rainbow tutorial

Want to get your little one familiar with a needle and thread? Or are you looking for a relaxing cross stitch project you can work on with any threads you have at home? Tapestry Barn have released this free rainbow cross stitch chart to help crafters remind everyone to stay at home during the lockdown. Stitch it with or without the wording, and in any colours you have to hand in your stash. Click for the free rainbow cross stitch pattern.

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13. Free rainbow decoration knitting patterns

If you're loving all the rainbow colours but want to try some different shapes, then these knitted decorations are perfect for you! There's 3 patterns to choose from - a circle, star and a heart. Plus, they're all worked up in simple stocking stitch, so it won't take you long to make them! Click here for the Free rainbow decoration knitting patterns

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14. Free Stay Strong Crochet Square Pattern

You can combine some fab rainbow colours with a positive message thanks to this free corner-to-corner crochet pattern by Kate Alinari. If you've never tried corner-to-corner crochet before, we've also included a handy guide to help you learn this fab and useful stitch. Click here for the Free Stay Strong Crochet Square Pattern.

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15. Free felt rainbow tutorial

Remember fuzzy felts? Well, why not try making your own rainbow version - it's a great activity for kids, especially young ones as putting the colours and sizes in order provide a fun yet challenging learning exercise. And don't worry if you've not got a felt board to put them on, you'll also find a link in the tutorial on how to make one. Find the tutorial here!

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16. Make a pom pom rainbow

If you've got a bag of ready-made pompoms in your craft supply (or just have some yarn and a pompom maker), then why not go full-on with this pompom rainbow make! Kids will love this super-fluffy project (as well as the chance to get messy with a bit of glue – non-toxic of course!). Find the tutorial here!

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17. Stitch and raise funds for the NHS

If you are looking for a feel-good thread project with extra happiness accompanied by knowing you are raising funds to support the NHS, Jenny Barton has created this rainbow design to show our support for the wonderful health workers during the coronavirus. All profits from the download sales of this chart will be donated to NHS Charities. The PDF download costs £1.50. Click to find the charity rainbow cross stitch chart.

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18. Make a rainbow sun catcher

This cheery project will brighten up windows and is a great kids craft activity. Find out how to make a rainbow sun catcher with our video tutorial.

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Stay home and craft

If you liked these projects and are looking for more activities, why not check our 30 easy crafts to do at home and our 40 fun craft ideas for kids so the whole family can be inspired. Plus we have 10 top tips to get kids cross stitching and 10 easy Easter crafts for kids to get the creative flying.

Authors

Matt SpiersDigital Assistant, Gathered

Matt Spiers is a crochet artist and designer who has been overseeing Gathered's crochet articles for over 2 years. He previously worked as Digital Assistant for Simply Crochet magazine and is our in house video editing pro. What started as a hobby a decade ago led to Matt developing a passion (and then a career) with crochet. As well as still regularly writing and designing for Simply Crochet magazine, Matt is a crochet artist in his own right, having displayed and created crochet installations at festivals and fibre events across the UK. You can keep up to date with Matt at @onemancrochet on Instagram.

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