"Life is a journey, not a destination." – Ralph Waldo Emerson. We totally agree, and in a more literal sense, you need transport to make your journey! If you too love travelling, then these travel cross stitch patterns by Jenny Barton will certainly float your boat.


In this set you’ll find a pattern for just about every mode of transport out there, so whether you love to sail the seas or dream of being whisked away on a jet, you’ll enjoy stitching these fun patterns.

Below you’ll find a number of suggestions for finishing your cross stitch too. Find out how to turn your stitching into a passport cover, greetings cards, a pencil topper, and much more!

These travel cross stitch designs were created by Jenny Barton and were originally published in The World of Cross Stitching magazine issue 272. Purchase a digital edition of the magazine to discover the rest of the issue.

Travel cross stitch pattern

Key features of travel cross stitch

  • Stitch time: Approx. 2-3 hours per motif
  • Stitch types: Whole cross stitch, backstitch
  • Ease of stitching: Beginner

What you’ll need to make the travel cross stitch

Download the travel cross stitch pattern

Download the PDF pattern

travel cross stitch

Inspiration for your travel cross stitch motifs

Are you wondering what to do with your travel motifs? We’ve got plenty of inspiration for you below!

Equine excellence - Make a card

Your horse-mad youngster will be riding high when they see this gorgeous steed! Patch him onto a square aperture card blank.

travel cross stitch-horse riding

Blast off - Rocket pencil topper

Create your very own rocket-fuelled pencil topper! Back your stitching onto two layers of felt and stitch around the edges leaving the bottom open for the pencil.

travel cross stitch- pencil topper

Flying high - Make a passport case

This jet-setting motif will ensure your passport travels first class! Trim the design leaving two squares, and fraying the outer. Back with white paper and patch it onto your cover.

travel cross stitch- passport case

Icing on the cake - make a cake topper

Give your cupcakes added get-up-and-go with this fun pogo decoration. Cut out your design and back it with card, then attach it to a lollipop stick to make a cake poke.

travel cross stitch- cake topper

Pole Position - Make a phone case

Ring the changes for the racing fan in your life with this smart new phone case! Back your design with interfacing, hem and then stitch onto a fabric case of your choice.

travel cross stitch- phone case

Sail away - Make a greetings card

Wish your friends well in their new ventures with this cute boat! Mount the design onto a single-fold card blank in pale blue.

travel cross stitch- greetings card

Child’s play - Make a cube

The perfect gift for a vehicle-obsessed tot! Stitch six designs onto aida (try bright colours for added impact). Find out how to assemble your cube.

travel cross stitch- cube

At the wheel - Make a car decoration

Recognise the driving force behind your family with this snazzy rear-view mirror decoration! Back with plain fabric of your choice for a gift to make any mum proud.

travel cross stitch- taxi

Discover travel cross stitch

Using your passions to inspire your stitching is a great way to get excited about your next project! These travel-inspired cross stitch patterns make wonderful projects for your own passion for travel or could be gifted to your globe-trotting friends.


Take a trip to the seaside with stitching

Dreaming of your next holiday? Try this beautiful beach hut card and bring a little sunshine into your home.


jenny barton cross stitch
Jenny BartonCross Stitch Designer

Jenny started her stitching life working for DMC Creative World in her early career, before branching out as a freelance cross stitch designer, regularly producing projects for Cross Stitch Gold, Cross Stitch Crazy and The World of Cross Stitching. She also manages her own website, JB Cross Stitch, where she sells PDFs of her cross stitch patterns. Jenny is a talented artist, creating incredibly realistic wildlife portraits in coloured pencil. She is mum to two girls and has a very cheeky pet parrot.

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