Busy as a bee? Even if you are a uber busy person it’s so important to take time out to relax. It’s proven that crafting is good for your mental health and for relaxation.


Settle down, switch off, and stitch one of these fabulous bee cross stitch patterns. In this article, you’ll find two lovely projects.

The first is a bright bee greetings card designed by Cheryl Mckinnon. A fun stitch for beginners this pattern is is made up of whole stitches and a few backstitches.

Next up you’ll find a set of two beautiful bee designs by Duerene Jones, perfect to stitch up into greetings cards. Each design features pretty florals and a sweet bee - the perfect gift for nature lovers.

And if that's not enough, we've got loads more cross stitch designs for you to try! If you are new to cross stitch or would like to give yourself a refresh, check out our cross stitch for beginners guide and the cross stitch needle size guide.

Bee cross stitch by Cheryl Mckinnon

Now, this bee cross stitch design is bound to get people buzzing! Bold springtime florals mix with smiling bees for an effect that’s as sweet as it is modern. Stitch this card for all occasions.

As this sunny project is completed in just whole stitches with a bit of backstitch, you’ll be able to complete it in just one or two nights - excellent news for the stitcher who’s often busy as a bee! Keep this chart on hand for cheerful birthdays, weddings, thank you cards and more.
This pattern was designed by Cheryl McKinnon for Cross Stitch Crazy 241 as part of a set of 6.

Fact Box

  • Stitch Time 2-6 hours each (approx)
  • Stitch Types Whole cross stitch, backstitch
  • Threads Stranded cotton as listed in the key
  • Needle Size 24 tapestry needle
  • Fabric -Zweigart 14-count white Aida measuring 15x15cm (6x6in)
  • Extras 8x8 Paper Pack

Download the bee cross stitch pattern

The download is an A4 PDF with the charts and a key. Click to download the bee cross stitch pattern

cross stitch bee on white card

Bee cross stitch by Durene Jones

These fresh, outdoorsy designs feature tasty honey pots, golden honeycomb hives and pretty flowers, plus the star of the show - the buzzing bees. These versatile designs mean they are suitable for all occasions and can be customised with messages or names in backstitch to make them extra special.

Worked using cross stitch, fractionals and backstitch to add detail and define the motifs, a top tip we suggest is to use a new needle to help pierce the Aida blocks for the fractionals and add the backstitch around other stitches. See our cross stitch for beginners guide to help get to grips with all the stitches you'll need. We have mounted our stitching in blue and green card apertures to complement the soft colours used in the stitches. But whatever card blanks you choose, they’ll certainly be appreciated by the lucky recipient. In fact, why not get busy and keep a couple of these stunning cards on hand to ‘bee’ ready at short notice!

About the bee cross stitch pattern

  • Stitching Time Approx. 5-6 hours each
  • Type of Stitches Cross stitch, fractionals, backstitch
  • Ease of Stitching Beginner
  • Fabric 14-count white Aida measuring 15x15cm (6x6in) for each design
  • Threads Stranded cotton as listed in the key
  • Needle Size 24 tapestry needle
  • Card Square aperture cards in pale blue and green

See our how to make an aperture card tutorial to show you how to make your own aperture cards

Download the bee cross stitch pattern

The download is an A4 PDF with two cross stitch charts and a key. Click to download the bee cross stitch pattern

For more designs from Durene Jones, take a look at her Etsy store.

bee cross stitch patterns

More insect cross stitch patterns

Try our Free caterpillar cross stitch pattern for more brilliant bugs, or how about this Free charity cross stitch chart featuring the Manchester bee? If backstitch is your thing, check out our Free blackwork dragonfly cross stitch pattern. We've got a kaleidoscope of butterfly designs for you, too! Choose from our Free butterfly cross stitch chart or our Free floral butterfly cross stitch pattern or turn your butterfly into a hair ornament with this DIY cross stitched butterfly hair grips tutorial and chart. Or if you are looking for a cat to chase your butterflies, try our Cat cross stitch patterns.


ddurene jones cross stitch
Durene JonesCross Stitch Designer

Durene Jones is a highly respected cross stitch designer, loved for her colourful and versatile design style. She regularly creates projects for The World of Cross Stitching, Cross Stitch Gold and Cross Stitch Crazy, as well as managing her own online Etsy store selling her cross stitch patterns. In summer 2020, her first signature bookazine, the ‘Durene Jones Cross Stitch Collection’ was published.

Cheryl McKinnon
Cheryl McKinnonCross Stitch Designer

Cheryl is a cross stitch designer from Canada. In her designs, she keeps cross stitch traditions alive whilst employing bright colour palettes, bold graphics, and uses retro themes to illustrate her love of vintage style. Cheryl showcases and sells her cross stitch patterns on her website the Tiny Modernist, where she shares tips and other useful cross stitch knowledge. Cheryl also has an amazing Instagram page where you can find all her latest designs and plenty of cross stitch inspiration.

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