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:


Find more free cross stitch animal patterns – we've got lots of great designs for you to choose from


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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