Looking for an adorable gift to give your sweetheart this Valentine’s? Try this heart balloon cross stitch. You can’t get much sweeter than this furry little panda with its pink flowers and bunch of heart-shaped balloons!


Inspired by Japanese Kawaii style - the trend for all things cute and loveable - this little sweetie is sure to put a smile on your face as you stitch him. The monochrome of the panda is complemented by other details picked out in a candy-hued palette, with pale blue 14-count Aida used to create the feeling of sky and a variety of pink threads for depth and shading. You’ll then add some backstitch for definition and for fun details such as the balloons’ happy smiles.

As well as making a thoughtful Valentine’s Day present, this delightful panda will go down a storm with your little ones and they will be clamouring for you to stitch him for them too! He would make a fabulous picture to hang on the wall of a child’s bedroom, ready to spread the love to whoever sees him!

If you’re fairly new to cross stitch or need an extra helping hand getting started we have plenty of useful resources available, 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.

This balloon cross stitch was created by Sosae and Dennis Caetano, originally published in The World of Cross Stitching 290.

Balloon cross stitch fact box:

  • Stitching Time - Approx 15 hours
  • Type of Stitches - Cross stitch, backstitch
  • Ease of Stitching - Beginner

What you’ll need for the Balloon cross stitch:

  • Zweigart* 14-count ice blue (550) aida measuring 40x36cm (15¾x14¼in)
  • Stranded cotton as listed in the key
  • Size 24 tapestry needle
  • Frame of your choice with a minimum aperture of 25x21cm (9¾x8¼in)

Balloon cross stitch pattern

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

valentine cross stitch with a panda holding ballloons

If you loved the balloon cross stitch design and want to get stuck into more romantic cross stitch, try these amazing valentine’s cross stitch patterns, you’ll find something to impress your significant other. If you want some other cute makes, try these adorable cross stitch cards and top up your stash or the 'I'm nuts about you' cross stitch Valentine's card. Are you looking for gifts for a loved one who can't get enough of stitching? Then make sure you have a browse through our favourite needle minders and these fabulous modern cross stitch kits and the printed cross stitch kits - the kits contain everything you need to complete your whole project, ideal for those new to the cross stitch. If you want even more inspiration for your next cross stitch project be sure to browse through our large collection of free cross stitch patterns, there is something for all ages and abilities designed by a range of talented cross stitch pros.


Sosae Dennis Caetano
Sosae and Dennis CaetanoTrellis & Thyme designers and owners

Sosae & Dennis create a whole host of amazing designs, we particularly love their cute kawaii style.

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