Accessorise your craft space or whip up a few tags for handmade gifts using Susan Bates' cute thread bobbin chart. We stitched ours on 14-count white aida, trimmed around the edge and frayed a few rows for a rustic look. Then we patched it onto a white card tag and added a bit of lace ribbon for a finishing touch.

Designed by Susan Bates, this chart was originally printed in Cross Stitch Crazy issue 199 as part of the Crafty Gift Ideas. If this is your first time stitching, don't worry! Just follow the link below for our top tips on getting started.

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Beginners guide to cross stitch threads

To stitch this thread bobbin chart, you'll need:

  • Threads – Stranded cotton as listed in the key
  • Needle – Size 24 tapestry needle
  • Fabric – Zweigart 14-count white aida measuring a maximum of 10x10cm (4x4in)
  • Pre-cut white card gift tag
  • Complementary thread of your choice for threading tag hole
  • Acid-free double-sided sticky tape for attaching
  • Complementary lace ribbon for embellishing

Download the free cross stitch thread bobbin pattern

Susan Bates Thread Bobbin Cross Stitch Pattern (PDF)

Or work straight from the chart and key below:


Fiona BakerSenior Technical Editor, The World of Cross Stitching

Fiona is the Senior Technical Editor of The World of Cross Stitching. She’s responsible for the team of fabulous charters and taking the designer’s submitted projects right through to completion, ensuring each chart and key is technically correct for readers to stitch. One of her favourite roles is converting the wonderful illustrations by the likes of Margaret Sherry, Tatty Teddy, and Aardman Animations into patterns for stitchers around the world to enjoy. She also designs her own patterns at

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