Take a trip into outer space without leaving earth! These cute and creative space cross stitch designs by Durene Jones are a great way to get your kids excited about stitching.


We’re combining the joys of outer space with cross stitch creativity. If you want your little ones to get stitching themselves, try the robot chart. You can work this chart on plastic 14-count aida. Once finished, it can be mounted onto a lollipop stick to create a fun cake topper. Stitching, science AND cake? Yes, please!

Stitching on plastic aida is a great way to introduce kids to cross stitch. The canvas is much sturdier and so easier for little hands to hold. The aida count can also be lowered (so the stitches will be bigger making it easier to complete).

Durene Jones has created a set of 39 science-based ideas for The World of Cross Stitching issue 257. We are giving away three of the charts which you can download right here on Gathered. If you want the whole set to complete your space adventure, you can purchase a digital edition.

A set of space cross stitch projects
Purchase a digital edition for the full set by Durene Jones

Free space cross stitch patterns

What you’ll need to make the space cross stitch

Download Durene Jones’ space cross stitch pattern PDF

Download the free space cross stitch chart PDF.

Top tip for the space cross stitch project

When stitching small motifs like these, use one large piece of aida and trim to size afterwards - you’ll use less fabric overall!

space cross stitch cake topper
Robot chart cake topper

More crafty science for kids

Getting the kids on board with science-based learning can be a challenge but there are certainly ways to make it fun. Making their bedroom space-themed is certainly going to help. Try our space-themed bedroom ideas.

How to get your kids interested in space cross stitch

Stitching can be a very rewarding craft for your kids to take on, but getting them to start is a different story. Using simple and quick cross stitch patterns is a great way to get them hooked, as well as using a lower count aida. Finding a topic that your kids are interested in is another way to excite them. It could be science and outer space or it could be animals, sports, superheroes… Any other topic they show a love for.

a rocket ship cross stitch attached to a backpack

More exciting projects in science for kids

Delve into the exciting world of science-based crafting with Gathered. We have plenty of hands-on crafts for the kids to get involved in. Learn how to make fluffy slime and introduce them to the world of chemical reactions!

how to make fluffy slime


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Durene JonesCross Stitch Designer

Durene Jones is a highly respected cross stitch designer, loved for her colourful and versatile design style. She regularly creates projects for The World of Cross Stitching, Cross Stitch Gold and Cross Stitch Crazy, as well as managing her own online Etsy store selling her cross stitch patterns. In summer 2020, her first signature bookazine, the ‘Durene Jones Cross Stitch Collection’ was published.

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