Christmas cross stitchDLTK's Crafts for Kids
Christmas Cross Stitch Pattern

Contributed by Leanne Guenther

A few beginner cross stitch patterns for children to make for Christmas!  The first pattern works well as a bookmark (you might want to make it a bit taller) on 8 or 11 count aida cloth (though those counts are a bit harder for the kids to use as the stitches are smaller).  The holly and star patterns would make a cute pillow on 6 or 8 count aida -- just cut a piece of matching fabric to the same size as the finished project, sew together and stuff -- add a little bit of cinnamon and/or clove to the stuffing to give it a nice scent.

They also makes a nice picture on plastic canvas or 6 count aida (terrific for beginners!).

Christmas cross stitchThe words on this project require backstitching.  If you're just starting to learn cross stitch, you can skip the words.  (For example, on the first Christmas pattern, you can just cut the words off the pattern template before giving it to the child).

Christmas cross stitchTo learn more about cross stitching (including ideas on how to turn projects into bookmarks, pillows or pictures), check out our "How to Cross Stitch" directions.


Christmas cross stitchWhen I do these projects with the girls, I encourage them fill in the backgrounds with cross stitch instead of leaving it unstitched.  The long rows of single colored stitches are terrific practice.  But it's completely up to you!  It does make the project take a lot longer.



Cross Stitch Instructions:

Cross Stitch Templates:

Tree Template    (color)   or   (B&W)

Holly Template   (color)   or   (B&W)

Star Template     (color)   or   (B&W)


Printable version of these instructions