Ideal for Christmas cards, winter birthdays and more, these sweet characters are sure to warm your recipient’s hearts!


The free Christmas janimal printables are ever so cosy and come in a gorgeous colourway of purples and blues. You could trim the characters from the papers to create your own layered scenes or mount onto a kraft tag to create a complimentary gift tag.

Our designer has die cut the papers into hexagons to create a quilted effect, which you could also achieve with diamond, triangle or stitched square dies. If you don't have a die-cutting machine, cut out the shapes using a shape template then add a faux-stitched border with a black fine liner or a white gel pen.

Mix and match these designs with buttons, ribbons and scraps of lace from your stash to add to complement the knitted theme of the patterned papers. For easy, quick cards just print, our an stick for a cute and swift make

Download the free Christmas animal printables to get started!

If you like these, then check out our collection of patterned papers, all free to download. We’re updating the page all the time with new free papercraft downloads, so be sure to bookmark it and check back regularly. We love these delightful Northern lights printables for card making!

Try this Christmas cardigan card

Step 1

First, download the free Christmas jumper collection. Next, create a white A6 card base. Cut an A6 piece of Fair Isle knit paper, cut out a triangle at the top and stick onto the card. Cut out a semi-circle shape at the top, as shown in the picture.

Step 2

Use strips of zigzag patterned paper to create the collar and placket then attach them with sticky foam pads. Cut a pocket shape and attach with sticky foam pads.

Step 3

Add buttons onto the placket and pocket, using sticky foam pads for dimension. Cut out a greeting tag, position it onto the card, poking out of the pocket, and adhere in place to finish.

Download your free Christmas animal printables:

To download the free Christmas animal collection, click on the link and it will open in a new window. You can then save/download the collection. Or, to download each sheet individually, scroll down to the bottom of this post. There are a total of four patterned paper sheets to download in the collection.

Free knitted Christmas characters patterned papers 01

Free Christmas animal printables - sheet 1

Free knitted Christmas characters patterned papers 02

Free Christmas animal printables - sheet 2

Free knitted Christmas characters patterned papers 03

Free Christmas animal printables - sheet 3

Free knitted Christmas characters patterned papers 04

Free Christmas animal printables - sheet 4


Jenny ElloryIllustrator

An experienced illustrator, Jenny Ellory has created designs for fashion, stationery, homeware and publishing companies. After studying surface pattern design at university, Jenny has learned to find inspiration everywhere around her, and especially loves to create nature designs. You can find out more about her designs and check out her blog on her website,

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