Any time of year is a good time to start on your Christmas crafting. It doesn't matter if it is January or July; cross stitching your gifts throughout the year will not only keep you on track for crafting but also allow you enough time to make sure everyone on your list gets just what they want. Stitching throughout the year will reduce your stress. Once the holiday season does come around, you are done with all your Christmas cross stitching and you you can sit back and enjoy the season.... Below is a small sampling of Christmas patterns. From whimsical to traditional, there is something for everyone,
01 of 07
Walking in a Winter Wonderland
To really get into the Christmas spirit you need to set the scene. You need snow, a sleigh ride and Santa Claus. Victoria Samplers has created the most beautiful and detailed Winter Wonderland pattern. The lace separating Santa from the village is so delicate. This is a very detailed pattern so starting it in July is a good thing! It will take you from now until Christmas to finish it. Give the supplies now as a gift to your favorite cross stitcher or stitch it up and frame it for your favorite... non cross stitchy Christmas loving person.
02 of 07
You'll Shoot Your Eye Out
A Christmas Story is not only one of the best Christmas movies out there, but watching it for 24 hours straight, is also a tradition in many households. It ranks up there with White Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street. A BB gun...that's all little Ralphie wanted, a simple BB gun. His poor mother just knows that he will shoot his eye out. Knerdly Knits's homage sampler to this theme of the movie is beyond perfect! It is kitschy and cute. Give this cross stitch, along with a pink bunny... suit to your favorite little wrangler. Check out this and other Christmas cross stitch patterns in their Etsy Store.
Christmas Story Cross Stitchfrom Knerdly Knits
03 of 07
I Just Like to Smile
Another new Christmas classic is the movie Elf. The story of a big elf, finding his dad and love in New York City. It is a sweet movie and perfect for the entire family. It has quickly become a favorite among Christmas movies. Wee Little Stitches shares her Elf inspired patterns to stitch up for free. You can choose between three sayings, or use your own. This is a quick stitch and make a great gift. These patterns also make great gift tags and ornaments. Invite friends over for a cross stitch... and movie night for an extra fun make and take.
04 of 07
If you have a big family or group of friends you need to craft for, starting in July makes perfect sense. You do not want to stress out at the last minute, you want to enjoy the season. Stitchery Stitch has you covered for stitchy gifts with their Snowman/Christmas patterns. There are several patterns in the series and they can be stitched up in no time. These patterns make excellent gifts for coworkers or teachers. They would also look cute on a Christmas tree as ornaments. If you are looking... for other patterns of a non-Christmas theme, they have those too. You can view all their patterns in their shop. Make sure you check out their other seasonal patterns. You can have a whole year of great seasonal cross stitch patterns.
Happy Snowman from Stitchery StitchContinue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
Handmade gifts are always the best. They show the recipient that they are worth your time and effort. Whatever you make for that someone special, add that little cross stitch touch with a very special gift tag. These gift tags are free for download from Free Patterns.com. Once the gift is opened, the gift tag will look great on the Christmas tree as an ornament.
06 of 07
Are you looking for something that is non-traditional and whimsical? Red Bear Designs has the perfect pattern for you. Her Noel pattern mixes vibrant color with a fun design. This is just one of the many Christmas themed cross stitch patterns she has in her Etsy shop. You can stitch several of them for a festive wall display.
Noelfrom Red Bear Designs
07 of 07
Want a different twist on your Christmas tree this year? Why not cross stitch an angel for the tree topper. This free pattern from Kreinik is the perfect stitchy addition to your Christmas tree. Use perforated cross stitch paper to make this project sturdy and able to use for years to come. If you want to really get crafty, you can make your entire tree cross stitch themed. You can customize your angel with different hair color and dress.
Fa La La
While it may not be the Christmas season that doesn't mean that you shouldn't start thinking of gifts and decor for the holiday season. Don't wait till the last minute. Beat the rush and enjoy some of the fabulous Christmas crafting any time of the year. If you get all your presents done early, you can sit back and enjoy the season while the rest of the world stresses. Isn't that smart? If you need to feel the Christmas season while you craft, put on that parka and throw on some Christmas tunes. Have fun cross stitching presents throughout the year.