10 Cross Stitch Patterns for Back-to-School Season

Craft with Cartwright

Are you ready for back-to-school? While most kids would scream, "NO," parents are saying, "Yes! Yes! Yes!" Heading back to school doesn't have to be a sad situation with these Back-to-School cross stitch patterns. These patterns can be stitched up any time of the year. You don't need to wait for the assignment from the teacher–go out on your own for a little cross stitch extra credit. From primitive patterns to abstract artwork, you can stitch up a project for every...MORE school function.

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    Welcome Back

    The ringing of the bell welcomes back the students for a new year of learning. This Welcome Back cross stitch pattern is free for download from Cyberstitch. Cross stitch this pattern, frame it and hang it on your classroom door; welcoming all new students. This traditional pattern would also look great in the middle of a September themed wreath.

    Welcome Back Pattern from Cyberstitch

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    Class Time

    This very sweet cross stitch pattern reminds us of those bygone school days when the only thing we had to worry about was if little Jimmy wanted to be our boyfriend. This pattern would be adorable on a sweater or jacket. Can't you just imagine a kindergarten teacher with this pattern on a dress? It would also be great on a tote bag..

    School Pattern from Luli

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    An Apple a Day

     Time to get back into the swing of things and hit the books. This pattern can be downloaded for free. Please be respectful of the copyright requests of the site and the pattern maker. This apple with books pattern would look great on a library totebag or a fabric cover for school books.

    Apple and Stack of Books Pattern from Cross Stitchers

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    Wise as an Owl

    Have you heard the expression, "Wise as an owl?" We all believe that owls are smart. They look as if they are studious and stern, and they are in fact experts at hunting and observing life around them. Pinoy Stitch celebrates the wise owl with these adorable back to school patterns. You can create a large sampler or stitch up each one individually. These little guys would be great on bookmarks, bags or clothing. 

    Hooties Back to School Pattern from Pinoy Stitch

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    School of Needlework

    These teachers would teach everyone their cross stitch techniques and etiquette. Pineberry Lane created this folksy primitive pattern with a wonderful story behind it. This pattern is whimsical and fun. You can purchase it from the website and download the pattern, or elect to have it mailed to you. The online version is $2.00 cheaper than the paper pattern.

    Proper Sisters School of Needlework Pattern from Pineberry Lane

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    Every color of the Rainbow

    This pattern of colorful pencils would look so wonderful on a pencil case or backpack. Wouldn't it be neat to inscribe your name on these pencils? You can customize the colors to your preferences–try jewel tones, pastels or go with different shades of one color. This would be a great gift for an artist. Stitch it on a pencil case and fill it with art supplies for them. It would also be fun in a teacher's studio. You can use different types of stitches to give the piece extra dimension,...MORE depth and style.

    Rainbow Pencils Pattern from Craft with Cartwright

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    Pen Pal

    In the age of the internet, getting snail mail is a fun little treat. Having a pen pal can be a great way to meet new people and learn about a new culture. The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery gives a little nod to the bygone days of letters with this whimsical back-to-school pen pal cross stitch pattern. This is just one pattern in a series of a seasonal sampler. You can buy each month's pattern individually or purchase as a kit. 

    Pen Pal's Pattern from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery

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    Blinded Me with Science

    Science is fun! Where else can you learn about the way every day items work, how things grow and how to make beakers explode. Koekoek has created this pattern that celebrates the science teacher. This project would look great in a science lab or classroom. The shop has many back-to-school themed cross stitch patterns for purchase in on Etsy.

    Science Teacher Pattern from Koekoek

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    Happy Pencils

    Bring on the smiles with this simple, yet fun Pencil cross stitch pattern. This pattern is a colorful and whimsical way to start off the new school year. The pencil cross stitch pattern is a great project for beginners and more advanced stitchers alike. Add some flare to your art supply bag with happy little pencils.

    Cute Pencils Pattern from Magic Cross Stitch

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    Books Are Fun

    Celebrate back-to-school season with a free cross stitch pattern from Un Jour, Une Grill. This website is not in English, but you can translate the page, and the pattern is so easy to follow that you really don't need directions. If you are feeling up to a challenge, you can change the images on the page for a customized cross stitch piece. 

    Open Book Pattern from Un Jour, Une Grille

There are so many ideas for cross stitching your way back to school. These are just fraction of the patterns out there. From vintage to modern, there is a stitchy sampler for everyone. Even though these patterns are back to school, they would be any time of the year. You can stitch them up for teachers and for students. They would be perfect on bags holding supplies or as a sampler in an office or classroom. You can customize your piece to make it a more personal gift. Why not make something for yourself while you are at it. One for a friend, one for you. Cross stitching is an excellent way to pass the time when you are on the bus, and who knows, you might even gain a fan and teach someone a new craft. Whether you make a pencil bag for yourself or show your teacher how much you appreciate them with a sentimental piece on a tote bag, have some fun with these functional yet spicy ideas. School doesn't have to be a downer with these patterns and a little imagination.