If you love birds, nature, wildlife and everything outdoors, you'll love these bright, bold bird cross stitch patterns. These would be the perfect project to pack up into your travel bag, find a peaceful grassy field and sit and stitch the day away. Don't forget the snacks!


The first design we have for you is by Durene Jones, which is a beginner-friendly treat! The design shows a beautiful bluebird sitting on a branch amongst beautiful pink flowers, this one is a summer dream. The second is a bright bird cross stitch decorated in a pretty floral pattern and chirping a sweet song. So choose your favourite and get started now with our free patterns below.

Are you new to cross stitch? Find out how to cross stitch or learn more about cross stitch needle sizes. These two guides contain all you need to know about cross stitch. If you want more inspiration for cross stitch ideas be sure to browse through our large collection of free cross stitch patterns, there is something for everyone!

Bird cross stitch card by Durene Jones

Create a view you’ll never tire of with this blooming stitched beauty. Bursting with sunshine in the form of resplendent flowers in bright, bold pink, this uplifting stitch is one you’ll love watching take shape before your eyes. This pretty bird cross stitch design is worked in whole stitches and backstitch only making it suitable for every level of stitcher. So, throw open the window and enjoy a stitchy breath of fresh air!

This bird cross stitch was designed by Durene Jones for Cross Stitch Crazy issue 205

Bird cross stitch fact box:

  • Stitching Time - Approx 10-12 hours each
  • Type of Stitches - Cross stitch, backstitch
  • Ease of Stitching - Beginner

What you’ll need for the bird cross stitch:

  • Threads - Stranded cotton as listed in the key
  • Needle - Size 24 tapestry needle
  • Fabric - A piece of Zweigart 14-count white aida measuring 15x15cm (6x6in)
  • Extras - Frame of your choice with a four-way aperture mount of 10x10cm (4x4in)

Bird cross stitch pattern

Click the link to download the free bird cross stitch pattern. The download is an A4 PDF and an accompanying key.

Bright bird motif by Lou McCarney

Sing a song of sixpence with this stunning songbird cross stitch chart from issue 242 of The World of Cross Stitching magazine. Stitched in blues, reds and yellows, this bright little bird will brighten up gift bags, greetings cards or a present tag. Stitch the design on white 14-count aida for a clean finish.

About this design

  • Stitch count: 30 high x 30 wide
  • Design area: 14 HPI (28-count evenweave) –5.5x5.5cm (2¼x2¼in)
  • This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton

Download the free bird cross stitch pattern:

Free bright birdie cross stitch pattern

Free bright birdie cross stitch pattern

Lookng for more? Browse our selection of free animal cross stitch patterns. Or take a look at the free modern cross stitch patterns we have for you to try. Try these adorable cross stitch cards and top up your stash ready for any occasion. We have lots of other nature-inspired makes too, try the flower cross stitch, the cactus cross stitch or the lovely fox cross stitch also designed by Durene Jones. Are you looking for gifts for someone special who loves stitching? Then check out these cute needle minders or these lovely modern cross stitch kits and the printed cross stitch kits which are ideal for those new to the craft.


Lou McCarneyProduction Editor, Love Embroidery

Lou is a writer and maker based in Bristol, where she lives with her husband Rory, two ball pythons she refers to as “silly sausages” and (possibly) too many plants. If she’s not working on your next issue of Love Embroidery, then she’s crafting or snacking. As well as stitching, she's also a keen knitter. She has worked with a huge range of best selling magazines, including Simply Knitting, The Knitter, Simply Crochet, BBC Countryfile, Boundless, Rowan Collection, Mollie Makes and Cross Stitch Crazy.

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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.

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