150 Christmas cross stitch patterns
You'll love our festive list of 150 Christmas cross stitch patterns, with cross stitch Christmas stockings, cards, ornaments and more. Merry cross stitch Christmas!
Looking for Christmas cross stitch patterns to sew ho ho ? You've come to the right place! We've rounded up our favourite cross stitch Christmas cards, stockings, ornaments, decorations and more in this list that is sure to get you feeling festive and itching to stitch - which is why all the Christmas cross stitch patterns we have included are available as instant downloads. Some of the designs featured are free to download from us here at Gathered, while others are available to purchase as Christmas cross stitch pattern downloads from designers we trust.
Use the handy links below to get to the section of Christmas cross stitch patterns you want quickly. Or you can keep reading to browse our list and find your dream cross stitch Christmas stocking, discover this year's must-stitch cross stitch Christmas cards, or add some brilliant cross stitch Christmas ornaments to your must-stitch list. Tis' the season to stitch!
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If you're looking for more makes to get your needle stuck into (festive or not), you can find loads of fun projects in our free cross stitch patterns section.
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Cross stitch Christmas stocking patterns
Sky High Santa cross stitch Christmas stocking
What's Santa's favourite way to travel? You might think he likes his sleigh, but when his reindeer need a rest he likes to take to the skies in a colourful hot air balloon! This Christmas cross stitch pattern from Satsuma Street is packed with character and style, and the design works for all ages, so you could stitch this for a child to use through their lives as a brilliant heirloom for all the Christmases yet to come.
Scandi Santa cross stitch Christmas stocking
Here's a lovely cross stitch Christmas stocking from one of our faves, Durene Jones that is worked in whole cross stitch, with just a little backstitch used the swirls and the stars - so it's a great Christmas cross stitch pattern to choose if you want to stick with the basics. But there is nothing basic about the finished designs, which looks just fantastic. As well as the stocking Christmas cross stitch pattern, you get an upper and a lower case alphabet so you can personalise it.
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Snowmen cross stitch Christmas stocking
Lucie Heaton is the queen of cross stitch Christmas stockings, a tradition she started in cross stitch magazines and is now continuing on her online web store. This lovely snowman cross stitch Christmas stocking was originally featured in Cross Stitch Gold back at the beginning of the millennium but is still available to buy as an instant chart download from her Etsy store.
Holiday hooties cross stitch Christmas stocking
We've got a bit of a thing about owls at Gathered – and we think once you see this Holiday hooties cross stitch Christmas stocking, you will too! You get both a coloured and a black and white symbol chart with this PDF download, as well as an ABC to personalise your stocking with the name you want.
Gingerbread cross stitch Christmas stocking
Anyone wanting a bit more colour and fun on Christmas Eve should choose this gingerbread cross stitch Christmas stocking! Rather than being clad in just gumdrops, these gingerbread pals have got whole festive outfits - and a gingerbread house to live in, too! This beautiful cross stitch Christmas stocking from Duerene Jones comes with 2 ABCs to add your chosen name, too.
Mini cross stitch Christmas stocking trio
If you have more than one stocking to stitch and are running short of time, how about this collection of three mini cross stitch Christmas stockings from Maria Diaz? They are great for sharing small gifts, and make beautiful tree ornaments, too.
Penguins cross stitch Christmas stocking
These sweet penguins are carrying so many presents, we are surprised they can see where they are going! We hope this cross stitch Christmas stocking will be as crammed full of treats on Christmas morning. The design uses whole cross stitch a few fractional stitch plus backstitch for this lovely, densely stitched finish. A Christmas cross stitch pattern for all ages!
Santa sack Christmas cross stitch pattern
Here's a cross stitch Christmas stocking with a difference - in that it is not really a stocking! If you are not the most confident sewer, opting to make a Santa sack rather than a stocking is a good call as it is a simpler shape to make, and you can concentrate instead on showing off your cross stitching skills. You can also fit more presents into a sack than a stocking, so your little one is sure to appreciate this Christmas cross stitch pattern, too!
Mini cross stitch Christmas stocking quartet
This set of Christmas cross stitch patterns includes 4 different designs to make into cute mini cross stitch Christmas stockings, the perfect size to insert a gift card! The designs use lovely and bright bands of stitching. Great fun to stitch, they can be brought out every year and hung on the Christmas tree.
Oh deer cross stitch Christmas stocking
There is no need to say oh deer when you see the black fabric used for this cross stitch Christmas stocking from Satsuma Street. The colours certainly do pop from black fabric, but this design would still look great stitched on a white background, so choose the way you want to display this lovely decorated deer. If this is the Christmas cross stitch pattern you have been looking for your dream cross stitch Christmas stocking, don't let the fabric colour put you off!
Did you know that you can make any cross stitch design into a Christmas stocking! You just need to start out with the right shape. Check our How to make a cross stitch Christmas stocking article for more information.
Cross stitch Christmas cards patterns
Rudolph and Santa free Christmas cross stitch patterns
These fun Christmas card cross stitch patterns are created by the talented Jenny Barton and are available to download for free. Each design features a jingly bell to add that special extra festive touch to your Christmas cards this year. We just know anyone would be delighted to find one of these on their doormat!
Download the free Christmas cross stitch patterns.
Animal cross stitch Christmas card patterns
Hello, festive friends! We love these 6 cross stitch Christmas card patterns from AnimalsCrossStitch on Etsy, You get 4 lovely animals characters in the set as well as Christmas cross stitch patterns for a jolly snowman and a playful Christmas elf. Worked entirely in whole cross stitch, these are perfect for beginners, too.
Fun Christmas cross stitch patterns
Ho Ho Ho! These 9 fun Christmas cross stitch patterns are the perfect size for cards and are sure to raise a smile when you stitch and send them. The 9 patterns are available as a chart download from Jenny Barton's website, and we love the personality Jenny has brought to all of these fun characters.
Art nouveau cross stitch Christmas cards
Check out these stunning Art Nouveau cross stitch Christmas card patterns from Maria Diaz. Originally published in Cross Stitch Gold, sold out long ago, you can still get hold of these stunning Christmas card cross stitch designs as an instant download from her online store. They're almost too nice to send!
Joy free christmas cross stitch patterns card
Candlelight and Christmas go hand in hand. Can you believe that the Victorians even used to put real candles on their Christmas trees? While we are much happier with the safety of fairy lights, we still will always put a candle in the centrepiece on the Christmas table, to bring joy. You can celebrate both these things in this joy cross stitch Christmas card, which is part of the 40 American Christmas cross stitch charts you can download for free from Gathered!
Blackwork birds cross stitch Christmas cards
Wow. Just look at these four beautiful bird cross stitch Christmas card designs from Lesley Teare. Combining blackwork and cross stitch for maximum effect, these cross stitch Christmas cards are simply stunning. We reckon these Christmas cross stitch patterns would work wonderfully as padded mini cushions to hang on your Christmas tree, too - perhaps with cinnamon sticks inside for added festive flair!
Teddy bears cross stitch Christmas cards
Cuddle up - It's Christmas! We want to give these fluffy teds a big hug as they enjoy themselves out in the snow. Send those cosy feelings in your Christmas greetings with the lovely cross stitch Christmas cards from Lucie Heaton. You can download these Christmas cross stitch patterns from her Etsy store!
Stocking spinner cross stitch Christmas card
Hang a stocking on the fireplace, and hang one in a card aperture too, for this fun cross stitch Christmas card! Stitch this Christmas cross stitch pattern on plastic canvas, run a length of cotton along the back, and cover the back with paper, then cut out, avoiding the thread to make a neat and tidy spinner to twinkle in your card aperture. This stocking Christmas cross stitch pattern is one of the 40 American Christmas cross stitch charts you can download for free from Gathered!
Words cross stitch Christmas cards
Sometimes you want words on the front of your cross stitch Christmas cards as well as written on the inside. This lovely set of 6 Christmas cross stitch patterns has bright and bold greetings and is embellished with festive friends and characters to add extra sparkle. Fun to stitch and with big impact, we love this cross stitch Christmas card set from Durene Jones.
Free cross stitch Christmas cards
Here's a nice little Christmas gift for you - these 6 cross stitch Christmas cards are free for you on Gathered! The Festive Doorway Christmas cross stitch patterns are designed by Amanda Gregory, and just bursting with wintery charm.
Find the Christmas card cross stitch patterns
Cats cross stitch Christmas cards
Meow, meow, what has Santa Paws left for me this year? These 4 cute Christmas cats look they are having so much fun in these Christmas cross stitch patterns from Lucie Heaton. Do you know any cat lovers who would love a cat-themed cross stitch Christmas card? Then buy this set of 4 Christmas cross stitch patterns from Lucie Heaton's Etsy store!
6 Christmas tree decorations
These 6 gorgeous free Christmas cross stitch patterns ornaments from Tapestry Barn prove that simple is beautiful! Worked entirely in whole cross stitch using lovely jewel colours, these Christmas cross stitch patterns are simply stunning. Work on black fabric to make the colours pop, but they'll also work wonderfully on white fabric if you want to keep things easy on the eyes.
Teddy bear free Christmas cross stitch pattern
Another fabulous design from the talented Lesley Teare who has kindly given the Gathered readers one of her set of 4 Christmas teddy bears to download for free! This teddy bear cross stitch pattern is worked on 28-count white evenweave over two threads of the fabric in 21 shades of stranded cotton and one shade of metallic thread. Cross stitch is in two strands of cotton or metallic, with fractionals for extra detail.
Cute free Christmas cross stitch patterns
These easy Christmas cross stitch patterns for wish lists are bound to go down a storm! Worked on easy-to-hold plastic canvas using whole stitches and backstitch only, this is a fab first project for young stitchers who’ll love seeing their colourful creations coming to life.
Download the free Christmas cross stitch patterns.
Snowman Christmas cross stitch pattern
Shine your Christmas star loud and proud with this Christmas cross stitch pattern by Ursula Michael. These snowman pals are so delightful as they pile on each other to make their own Christmas tree. And best of all, the free Christmas cross stitch patterns decorations can be downloaded from Gathered.
Rudolph and robin cross stitch Christmas ornaments
Have you tried plastic canvas before? It's a rigid plastic grid that you can stitch on and then cut your stitching out with no worries about fabric fraying. Any design that does not include fractional stitches, French knots or backstitch going down into the centre of Aida blocks can be stitched on plastic canvas. It is good to know you are stitching a design that is created especially for plastic canvas when you try it for the first time! Jenny Barton created these two cute characters to be stitched on plastic canvas as quick cross stitch Christmas ornaments for your tree. Ready, set, stitch!
12 Days of Christmas cross stitch pattern
We found it hard to choose which category to list these stunning Christmas cross stitch patterns under – as it is so versatile it could be some many things! But we knew we had to include it. Stitch it as a gridded sampler to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas as a special cross stitch Christmas decoration you bring out every year. Or stitch each as a separate cross stitch Christmas card, to give you 12 lovely designs without ever need to stitch the same motif twice. These would be a lovely set of cross stitch Christmas ornaments for your tree, too!
Candy cane heart cross stitch Christmas ornament
Candy canes look lovely hung on your Christmas tree, and even more so if they take the form of this cross stitch candy cane heart! This Christmas cross stitch pattern is included in the set of 40 American cross stitch charts you can download from Gathered for free! It's easy to stitch and make into a Christmas cross stitch patterns ornament – check out our How to make Christmas cross stitch ornaments to see how it's done.
Snow globe Christmas cross stitch patterns
Everybody loves a snow globe at Christmas! As well as shakable ones, why not add these Christmas cross stitch pattern versions to your festive flourishes? Durene Jones has created this lovely set of 4 designs with gorgeous Christmas characters inside. They'd make a brilliant set of cross stitch Christmas ornaments for your tree - or mount them in aperture cards for special Christmas cross stitch patterns cards. Click to find our guide to how to mount cross stitch in a triple fold card to help you show them off as cards!
Mitten cross stitch Christmas ornaments
We did not think Christmas cross stitch patterns could get any cuter – then we spied these adorable mitten cross stitch Christmas decorations! Perfect for filling with sweets and hanging on your Christmas tree, why not stitch 24 as your own advent countdown that you can use again and again each year?
Folksy cross stitch christmas ornaments
Red, white and green are the traditional Christmas colours, but there is nothing traditional about this stylish set of Scandinavian-esque cross stitch Christmas ornaments by Durene Jones! We love these sweet motifs, packed with rich detail and definition, but worked in whole cross stitch, with just a few backstitches flourished in some of the borders. Timeless and delightful, these Christmas ross stitch patterns would be perfect to embellish a Christmas wreath too.
Robin cross stitch Christmas ornaments
We are not sure what we like more - the cute robin characters or the bright and colourful greetings included in these cross stitch Christmas decorations. Fortunately, we don't have to choose! These three Christmas cross stitch patterns make lovely hooped cross stitch Christmas ornaments, or stitch the robins of the words on their own for cross stitch Christmas cards and gift tags.
Plant poke cross stitch Christmas decorations
What exactly is a plant poke, you may ask? It is a lovely decorative something on a stick that can be poked into plant pots, and other things. Here we have poked three plastic canvas cross stitch Christmas decorations into the foliage of a candle centrepiece for an extra crafted festive flourish. You can find the Christmas cross stitch patterns for these 3 bauble designs as part of the 40 American free Christmas cross stitch patterns that you can download for free from Gathered!
Snowman tags cross stitch Christmas ornaments
Here's a great idea that you can use again and again in your Christmas cross stitch patterns! These 5 snowman portrait minis are the perfect size for tags and won't take long to stitch. Why not work all 5 designs as a set of cross stitch Christmas decorations for your tree? You could use them for mini cross stitch Christmas cards too, or stitch a few together to make quick Christmas bookmarks or cake toppers. Using just whole cross stitch, they are ideal for beginners.
Christmas cross stitch sampler cushion
This brilliant free Christmas cross stitch pattern can be downloaded from Gathered. Designed by the brilliant Susan Bates, you can stitch this as a cross stitch Christmas cushion, as we have here, or stitch the motifs individually to make cross stitch Christmas cards and ornaments. Beautiful and versatile and free for you - what a Christmas treat!
Gold mobile cross stitch Christmas decoration
Here's a lovely idea for a cross stitch Christmas decoration with a difference from Satsuma Street! This delightful Christmas cross stitch pattern is designed to be stitched on perforated paper, which can then easily be trimmed into the tree sections and suspended together to make this stunning Christmas mobile. The photo shows gold perforated paper, but you could also use silver, or experiment with other colours too. We love this idea!
We hope you have been inspired by our list of festive cross stitch patterns and ideas, now the only thing left to do is choose one and get stitching! Your friends and family will love them as gifts, or keep them yourself to add to your Christmas decor. If you want even more festive ideas, try this guide on how to make a Christmas stocking or these lovely crochet Christmas decorations. If you are looking to try a new craft check out these free Christmas knitting patterns, for lots of festive fun.
Hannah has worked on Gathered for 3 years, since our launch in 2019. At school Hannah learned to knit collaborating on dorcas blankets – now she edits our knitting section. She inherited her love of stitching and embroidery from her talented grandmother, and her passion for thread led her to be Editor of The World of Cross Stitching for six years. Card making is a more recent passion, developing from her position as editor of Cross Stitch Card Shop. She loves using kinetic techniques to make cards that move – she was editor of Papercraft inspirations magazine for over four years, creating loads of card making video tutorials at www.youtube.com/PapercraftTV.
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