What better way to let someone know you care than to handcraft them a bespoke card? With many cross stitch card kits available to mark all occasions, there’s never been a better time to celebrate your family and friends in style.


With the right card kit, you’ll not only scratch that creative stitch but you’ll also be left with a sense of achievement to go with the recipient’s smile.

Perfect for beginners, cross stitch kits come with step-by-step guides, helping you to upskill and explore a new kind of crafting. Even better these card kits usually have all the materials you need, including thread, patterns, and other card-making supplies.

Gathered’s round-up covers cross stitch card kits from across all occasions, so whether it’s Christmas, birthdays, new babies, weddings or something else, you’ll always find the right tone to show them you care. We’ll also include a range of universal card kits, perfect for any time of the year (or to top up your stash).

Now let’s get into it!

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15 beautiful cross stitch card kits for all occasions

1. Cheers! Birthday celebration cross stitch card kit

Best for Birthdays

birthday cross stitch card with two cocktails

Keep your cross stitch modern with this lively design of two champagne flutes! This one is ideal for the glamorous folks in your life. With soft pink hues and tropical fruits, you’ll have your recipient in the party spirit before they know it.

This kit includes everything you need with DMC thread (a Gathered favourite), Aida fabric and a needle. Great for beginners, the design comprises a mix of whole cross stitch and some backstitch techniques. Hone your skills with an unintimidating design that’ll get you started. We’ll cheers to that!

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  • Pros: comes with 50-70% extra thread
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2. Flamingo love cross stitch card kit

Best for Valentine’s Day

two flamingos on a cross stitch card

Show off your skills to your other half by creating a design featuring these adorable love birds! This card is perfect for Valentine’s (or Galentine’s) day because like us humans, the flamingo will form long-lasting and loyal friendships. (Thanks National Geographic).

If you love the simple style of this card you should check out Stitchfinity’s other designs.

  • Pros: Quick and fun make
  • Cons: Not very challenging for seasoned stitchers

3. Snowy robin cross stitch card kit

Best for Christmas

a robin in the snow as a cross stitch

A crafter’s Christmas is always around the corner, so why not get yourself in the spirit with this festive cross stitch card kit from Bothy Threads?

Thanks to the small size of this design, you’ll have plenty of time to get ahead of the list and stash away your supply, ready for next year. As with all Bothy Threads kits, you’ll receive only the highest quality materials for a fine, festive finish.

  • Pros: Comes with softer, Lana threads
  • Cons: Only suitable for Christmas

Free cross stitch cards

Looking for free PDF cross stitch patterns to create your own cards? Try these free cross stitch card patterns by Susan Bates, available on Gathered.

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4. Kids cross stitch card kit

Best for any occasion

kids cross stitch kit with a house and dragon

Baker Ross is the king of kid-friendly crafts and their line of cross stitch card kits for children are just that! You stitch directly onto the front of the card, so it’s ready to roll as soon as your cross stitch is complete!

Discover 5 different designs, including a cute house and a fiery dragon. These simple yet imaginative designs will surely inspire your little ones.

  • Pros: Simple design for kids
  • Cons: No instructions included

5. Flowers cross stitch card kits

Best for Mother’s Day

cross stitch cards with different flower designs

When it comes to cross stitch, flowers are always a winner! You can use floral designs to mark a whole host of occasions. From wedding celebrations, new babies, new homes, birthdays, mother’s day and anniversaries.

In this cross stitch card kit, there are 7 types of colourful flower designs to choose from including dahlias, sunflowers and pansies. Whatever their favourite flower, floral cross stitch cards are sure to brighten their day.

  • Pros: Versatile range of special occasions
  • Cons: No variety in sizes

Free cross stitch cards

Looking for free PDF cross stitch patterns to create your own cards? Try these free cross stitch card patterns by Susan Bates, available on Gathered.

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6. Set of 6 Koala cross stitch cards

Best for Birthdays

six cross stitch cards with koala designs

Who doesn't love a cuddly koala? Stitch these sweet little creatures into your very own set of six greetings cards. With designs suitable for birthdays, Valentine’s and anniversaries.

Another quick and easy pattern to create, you can use the koala design to treat your contacts to a cute surprise from Down Under. Worked in whole cross stitch only, these cards are ideal for beginners and those looking for a quick stitch.

  • Pros: Six cards in a set
  • Cons: Similar design on each card

7. Bee cross stitch card kit

Best for general stock and advanced crafters

cross stitch card with a bumble bee design

A beautiful kit that’s got us buzzing! You can’t really go wrong with a Bothy Threads cross stitch card kit in terms of quality. Packed with top-notch threads, Zweigart aida, cream tri-fold card and an envelope, this kit balances a range of items with a more complex stitch for advanced crafters.

The design features a detailed bumble bee carrying a heart and flowers, complete with our favourite phrase ‘Bee Happy’. The delicate design is ideal for most occasions, and is sure to make your family or friends smile!

  • Pros: Simple design and bright colours
  • Cons: Requires French Knots (so may not be suitable for complete beginners)

8. You’re Fab! Cross stitch card kit

Best for birthdays

cross stitch card with a fab ice lolly design

The Fab is a firm favourite among ice lolly fanatics and we think it makes for an adorable greetings card! Let someone special know just how fabulous they are by stitching them this simple yet colourful card.

Ideal for birthdays or Mother’s day, craft a card to help them chill on their special occasion.

  • Pros: Double the materials for better value
  • Cons: No instructions included

9. Set of 4 Twilight Christmas cross stitch card kit

Best for winter

cross stitch card with a winter design

At Gathered, we know winter is the ideal time to stitch. It’s the perfect season to snuggle up warm with a fluffy blanket and your latest cross stitch project.

The Twilight Christmas range imbues classic style cross stitch cards with features like snowy cabins, starry skies and illuminated cottage windows.

Share that festive feeling with your favourite people by sending them one of your makes. In the set, you’ll find four designs, so ideal for topping up your stash.

Pros: Printed aida, so no counting required

Cons: Not a huge variety of differences in the designs

10. Fluffy fox Christmas cross stitch card kit

Best for Christmas

cross stitch card with a fluffy fox design

Foxes are a firm favourite for festive designs. If you’re as much of a fan as we are, look no further than this beautiful Bothy Threads fluffy fox design by Margaret Sherry. Thanks to the variety of thread types used in this design you’ll be left with a lovely tactical greetings card (the fox’s scarf is super fluffy).

If foxes aren’t your thing, you can find many other festive animal designs in the same style. We personally can’t get enough of the moose wearing a Christmas jumper and a cute owl in a woolly hat.

  • Pros: Big variety of designs to choose from
  • Cons: You can only buy each design individually

How to mount cross stitch

Has someone given you a beautiful cross stitch card which you'd like to frame and keep? Learn how to frame your cross stitch today with our helpful guide.

In the guide, you'll find two methods of mounting your cross stitch. Gathered's preference is lacing, so we created a quick video tutorial to show you how it works.

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11. Cupcake cross stitch card making kit

Best for birthdays

cross stitch card with two cupcake designs

Sweet, simple and delicious! You can work up these cards in no time as they are only 8x8cm in size and use whole cross stitch only.

You’ll find everything you need in the kit including threads and aida, plus a bonus mesh bag to store your cross stitch in! Choose from two different designs, or have your cake and eat it by stitching both!

  • Pros: Comes with a free mesh drawstring bag
  • Cons: Unbranded stranded cotton included

12. Guinea pig cross stitch card kit

Best for: you decide!

cross stitch card with a guinea pig design

We have no idea what special occasion this card is for but we do know we love it!

If you know someone who appreciates a unique card, this might be the one for them. Why not include a pun inside to make them laugh? “Guinea PIG out on your birthday”... We’re sure you can think of something better.

  • Pros: One of the less expensive kits on the list
  • Cons: Not the most realistic image

13. 60th birthday cross stitch card kit

Best for milestone birthdays

cross stitch card with a 60th birthday design

Say a big congratulations to that special someone who is reaching their 60th Birthday! Such a milestone deserves a beautiful card like this one.

The design features a fancy martini glass worked in whole cross stitch, there is also a small bit of backstitch for the text for a more intermediate challenge.

  • Pros: Modern sleek design
  • Cons: Only 60th birthday available

14. Father’s day cross stitch card kit

Best for Father’s Day

cross stitch card with a father's day design

Father's Day is the perfect time to thank your dad for being the best! A cross stitch card will show him just how much you care and how it's never too late to make Dad a homemade card (include your age in the corner to give him a laugh).

Looking for more inspiration? Check out other Father’s day card ideas from Gathered.

  • Pros: Contains a how to cross stitch guide
  • Cons: Double-sided tape not included

15. Easter cross stitch card kit

Best for Easter

cross stitch card with a easter design

With widely spaced holes and plastic needles, this Easter cross stitch kit is ideal to keep little hands busy during the school break.

What’s amazing about this kit is that it contains a mega twelve cards! So when we say it will keep the little ones busy, we’re not kidding. Plus, you’ll have a big stash of cards to gift to friends and family.

  • Pros: Simple easy design
  • Cons: No instructions included

Deciding on your ideal cross stitch card kit

Your perfect cross stitch card kit will depend on multiple factors; what the occasion is, your style, your experience level, and the length of time you’re looking to spend on your project.

Whatever your priorities, you're almost spoiled for choice with the range of cross stitch card kits at your fingertips.

Cross stitch kits are also just one way to craft cards for special occasions, so don't forget to check out other crafting options to find the best option for you.

Discover more ways to make your own cards with Gathered

Birthdays always come around the quickest and you’ll need cards throughout the year. That’s why printable cards are a popular choice for crafters on a tight deadline!

Find plenty of inspiration with Gathered in our round-up of the loveliest (and completely free) printable Birthday cards.


If you know someone who's learning to cross stitch, why not get them an informative cross stitch book to get them started? We've listed the best ones in our guide.


Katie Dolan
Katie DolanDigital Assistant, Gathered

Katie Dolan edits our needlework sections, focusing on our embroidery and cross stitch articles, as well as making videos for our arts and crafts projects. Katie runs her jewellery business, Ophelia Jewellery Art, on Etsy, where she sells beautiful resin-pressed flower earrings. She has a wide range of craft interests including embroidery – she particularly loves all things pop culture and a less traditional approach – The Simpsons and Rick & Morty are among her favourites to embroider. She has recently completed a silversmith workshop and hopes to expand her jewellery business with these new skills. When she’s not crafting, she’s usually fuelling her Harry Potter addiction with a Sunday film marathon and a couple of butter beers!

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