When the snow starts to fall outside, the birds in the garden have fluffed up all their feathers, and everyone is wrapped up in woolly hats and scarves, it’s the perfect weather to stay inside, curl up on the sofa and stitch your own Christmas cross stitch sampler! And what could be a more fitting project to work on when the weather turns chilly than this beautiful Christmas cross stitch sampler cushion, designed by Susan Bates?


With a variety of stitches to tempt your needle, this Christmas cross stitch sampler project is great if you’ve been stitching for a little while, but it isn’t totally out of reach for beginners. If you need any help with fractionals or French knots, look at our cross stitch for beginners tutorial and have a practice on some scrap fabric first. You might want to stitch it on aida instead of evenweave, too – this would also be a good idea if you’re in a hurry to complete the piece!

When you have finished the Christmas cross stitch sampler, turning it into a cushion is easy – see our how to make a cushion article. However, if you need a quicker finish, simply frame the Christmas cross stitch sampler. Whichever you choose, it’s sure to delight all who see it.

About the Christmas cross stitch sampler cushion

  • Stitching Time Approx. 40 hours
  • Type of Stitches Cross stitch, fractionals, backstitch, French knots
  • Ease of Stitching Beginner/intermediate
Christmas cross stitch sampler cushion square

Download the Christmas cross stitch sampler cushion

Click to download the Christmas cross stitch sampler cushion. This is an A4 pdf with two pages showing the Christmas cross stitch sampler chart in two sections and the corresponding key.

This Christmas cross stitch sampler was originally published in The World of Cross Stitching issue 183.

If you don't want to stitch the whole Christmas cross stitch sampler cushion, choose your favourite motifs to stitch as cards and small gifts.


More luxury cross stitch on Gathered

Indulge yourself with more beautiful makes that show off your cross stitch skills! Download our Durene Jones cross stitch fox for a real seasonal treat, or choose a beautiful blooms in our delightful selection of cross stitch flower patterns. If you are looking for more large Christmas designs, don't miss Ursula Michael's Snowman Christmas tree cross stitch pattern or our cross stitch nativity scene. Celebrate a wedding high tea with our stunning trio of cross stitch cakes. For more stunning florals, take a look at our lavender cross stitch patterns or a sweet mini terrarium jar in our cactus cross stitch pattern. Find a great library off flowers to stitch in our flower cross stitch patterns.


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Susan BatesCross Stitch Designer

Susan Bates creates cross stitch and needlepoint designs for UK craft magazines including The World of Cross Stitching, Cross Stitch Crazy and Cross Stitcher. Her work is also featured in Turkish publication Kanavice and she has 7 cross stitch books published in Turkey by Tuva Publishing. Susan has created stamp and embossing folder designs for cover gifts with Papercraft Inspirations magazine. You can also purchase her charts as PDFs from her Etsy store CrossStitchSuzie. She is based in Brighton.

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