Free swan cross stitch pattern

Adorn your clothing and accessories with a little help from your favourite hobby when you stitch and make this pretty swan patch, designed by Susan Bates.


Stuck for ideas on making up your stitching? Try creating your own pretty sew-on patch for your favourite bag or jacket with this cute swan design. Stitch it on a background of white aida or hand-dyed blue aida like Sew It All’s Aqua 14-count here for more realistic water.


Designed by Susan Bates, this chart was originally printed in Cross Stitch Crazy issue 246 as part of the British Birds Gift Ideas. Stitch it on 14-count aida and then follow the how-to guide for making your own sew-on patch below!

How to make a sew-on patch

Follow our step-by-step guide to make a sew-on patch using your cross stitching.

How to make a sew-on patch step 4

To stitch this pretty swan patch, you’ll need:

  • Threads – Stranded cotton as listed in the key (on the PDF)
  • Needle – Size 24 tapestry needle
  • Medium-weight iron-on interfacing – Sew Essential sells this at
  • Co-ordinating thread to coat the edges

Download the free cross stitch swan pattern here:

Susan Bates swan cross stitch pattern (PDF)

Or work straight from the chart and key below:


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