Printed cross stitch kits are the ideal starting place for beginners to cross stitch. What makes them so much easier is that the design and grid are printed directly onto the Aida with water-soluble ink, alongside this there will usually be a thread key with associated colours. This eliminates the need for reading charts and counting stitches, making it that one step easier for newbies.


In this list, we have included a range of designs and styles to suit all tastes, and everything is suitable for beginners. These kits contain everything you need to get started right away, so no need to worry about hunting around for the right threads and needles, as it is all supplied. In most cross stitch kits, you'll also receive an instruction booklet so you are able to follow along easily.

From colourful foxes, magical scenes from Harry Potter and cute depictions of Winnie the Pooh and friends, there's one thing for sure these cross stitch kits will add a touch of colour to your home. These kits also make fabulous gifts and stocking stuffers for that crafty person in your life, especially if they are on the lookout for a new hobby.

If you are new to cross stitch, we have plenty of guides available for you including how to cross stitch, which covers all the basics. If you're taking on your own projects too, we have a great guide to cross stitch needle sizes, which will help you to select the correct needle size for your work.

Are you looking for more patterns? We have a whole host of free cross stitch patterns right here on Gathered, from talented designers. Check out the adorable cat cross stitch, and this autumnal fox pattern.

Fox cross stitch kit

Just look at this adorable fox cross stitch! We absolutely love this pattern and think it would look fabulous hanging on the wall of any modern home which needs a touch of colour. The design is stamped onto a 14 count Aida, this means it is easier for beginners to follow and you don't have to worry about counting. It also only incorporates two types of stitches, whole stitch and backstitch. Included with this kit is everything you need to finish this lovely project, including threads and instructions, once you are finished it would look beautiful on the wall in a simple frame.

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Harry Potter printed cross stitch

Get swept away in the magic of it all with this incredible Hogwarts cross stitch featuring Hagrid, Harry, Hermione and Ron on their way up to the castle. Everything about this design so perfectly depicts what it would've been like to see Hogwarts for the first time; the sun has dropped, the glow of the castle lights up the surrounding grounds and Hagrid's lantern creates a warm glow across your face - ah, we could simply look at this all day! And you can too, this kit included a pre-printed pattern, all the thread you need, plus some handy needles.

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London printed cross stitch kits

Bring the big city to your home with this detailed printed cross stitch kit featuring London's iconic Big Ben. We adore the depth and detail which has gone into designing this cross stitch, and as you stitch you will be able to see the design come to life. This kit includes a pre-printed Aida for you to work on, pre-sorted threads, a needle and instructions to follow. This is a great first 'big' project for beginners, looking to step up their stitching game, and is definitely a great way to spend the colder winter evenings.

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Sausage dog printed cross stitch kit

That's it, we don't think cross stitch can get cuter than this little guy! He looks like he would steal your heart with his big puppy eyes. If you love pups, then you will adore this printed cross stitch kit featuring this colourful Dachshund. Cross stitching is made easy with a pre-printed canvas for you to stitch right on to, and once completed you can soak your cross stitch in warm water and any guidelines from the pre-printed design you can still see, will wash away. If you love this design, there are a number of other similar ones available, including cats, kittens, wolves and birds! The only tough decision is choosing which one you want to make first.

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Cute printed cross stitch kit - pack of 2

Stitch the adorable fluffy owl and the baby tiger with the buzzing bee in one kit! This pre-printed canvas is perfect for beginners and would make the ideal starter kit for anyone looking to get into cross stitching. In the kit you'll receive everything you need to complete the finished project, from thread to needles and everything in between, you'll also get a helpful guide to completing these projects. These finished cross stitches would look lovely framed and hung up in the kid's rooms, or given as a gift to new parents to hang in the nursery.

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Dreamcatcher printed cross stitch kits

One for all you boho Queens out there. This cross stitch wouldn't look out of place in an Urban Outfitters, it has a very cool vibe. If you know someone who is looking for a new hobby and loves all things mystical, this may be just the right cross stitch kit for them. Who said cross stitch was old fashioned?! We think not! This kit includes all you'll need to complete this project, then it is down to you to decide where it will go on your wall, or who you might want to gift it to!

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Winnie the Pooh printed cross stitch kit

This adorable Winnie, Tigger and Piglet cross stitch is sure to win over the hearts of any Disney fan. Bring their honey-stealing adventure to life in this colourful cross stitch kit, complete with pre-printed canvas to stitch onto, threads, needles and instructions. Cross stitching is a mindful pastime and a great way to unwind after a long day, it has proven therapeutic effects and can improve your mood. So what better way to brighten up your day than getting started on this fun Winnie the Pooh cross stitch?

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Cats in mugs printed cross stitch kits

Stitch these cute kittens in cups with a pre-printed canvas, it is so easy to have these little hugs in a mug hanging up in your kitchen in no time. Often cats and crafts go hand in hand (or hand in paw) so this would make a thoughtful gift for anyone you know who loves kitties. In this kit, you'll receive all the threads you need to complete the project, needles, and instructions along with the pre-printed Aida of course. This sweet kitten cross stitch kit would make an ideal stocking stuffer for anyone on the lookout for a new hobby.

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Seaside printed cross stitch kit

Sail away into relaxation with this almost painting-like cross stitch, you can almost feel the sea breeze on your face when looking at this beautiful picture. Why not recreate that feeling in your own home by taking on this printed cross stitch kit from Cukol. You'll receive a pre-printed canvas, so it will be very easy to follow and relaxing to do, whether you do it quickly over a few days or you do a little bit a day for a few weeks, it's a therapeutic activity. In the kit is threads, needles and instructions to complete this lovely pattern.

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Lion printed cross stitch kit

Stitch the king of the jungle in this magnificent cross stitch, showing the lion powerful beauty in a mixture of magical colours. This piece will be a lovely project for beginners looking to take on a larger stitch, practice their skills and hone their abilities. This is one of the larger projects on the list, so if you are looking for something to get really stuck into, this could be just the project. In the kit, you'll receive the printed Aida, threads, needle and a helpful guide to stitching. Once you are finished, this will be a real conversation starter in any household, plus you can proudly say you made it yourself!

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We hope you found the perfect kit for you or someone you know. If you loved these printed cross stitch kits, you can find more just like right here on Gathered, don’t miss out on these amazing Harry Potter cross stitch kits, and the fun Pokemon cross stitch. If you want more inspiration for your next project, try these modern cross stitch kits. If you’re after just patterns we have plenty of those too, check out our huge collection of free cross stitch patterns, from a range of talented designers. Try the lovely flower cross stitch patterns or the pumpkin cross stitch, for a fun and beginner project. A popular cross stitch is cat cross stitch, so be sure to check out our mixture of purrfect patterns. Looking for more gift ideas for the newbie stitcher? Why not check out these cool needle minders, which are definitely a must-have for any keen stitcher (to help them stop losing needles).


Katie Dolan
Katie DolanDigital Assistant, Gathered

Katie Dolan edits our needlework sections, focusing on our embroidery and cross stitch articles, as well as making videos for our arts and crafts projects. Katie runs her jewellery business, Ophelia Jewellery Art, on Etsy, where she sells beautiful resin-pressed flower earrings. She has a wide range of craft interests including embroidery – she particularly loves all things pop culture and a less traditional approach – The Simpsons and Rick & Morty are among her favourites to embroider. She has recently completed a silversmith workshop and hopes to expand her jewellery business with these new skills. When she’s not crafting, she’s usually fuelling her Harry Potter addiction with a Sunday film marathon and a couple of butter beers!

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