Frame it: Free Border and Back Stitch Cross Stitch Patterns

Free border and back stitch patterns for your cross stitch project

You just finished your current cross stitch project but you are looking for something to add a bit more flare to the piece.  You don't want to see just leave the project blank. You want to add a little bit more to finish the piece. Why not add a border to cross stitch? Check out these free border and back stitch patterns to take your finished cross stitch project to the next level. 

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    Be Happy Back Stitch Border

    This back stitch border was designed for the free Be Happy Saying. Chart your own saying or use it to make a frame for a small photo. If you have a favorite movie quote or snarky saying,stitch it up and use this "Happy" border for a subversive cross stitch project that speaks to your inner geek or sassy pants. 

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    Beware of Zombies Cross Stitch Border

    A gothic influenced border originally designed for the free Beware of Zombies pattern, use this border to stitch around a saying or to frame a small mirror. This border is perfect for Halloween or any gothic saying or image. You can also use this border for a sarcastic saying. No matter what you choose, the border makes fancy and very gothy. 

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    Christmas Tree Border

    This festive border was designed for the Christmas Tree Saying but it would work quite well for a different holiday saying or to frame a holiday photo.If you have a favorite Christmas card, use this border to frame it. It would also be great for gift tags. 

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    Barn Border - Cross Stitch and Back Stitch

    This cute little barn-themed border was created for the free Close the Door Saying. Use it for other country sayings or proverbs if you like. It would also be great for a country sampler. 

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    Cross Stitch Pattern Tiles

    Any of the free Tile patterns would make great border patterns when the motifs are repeated. Again, you can stitch up your favorite saying or quote and use this border for make it sweet or subversive. It is completely up to your style. Use a sweet border while cussing out your roommate with a sassy saucy sampler. 

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    Small Flower Border

    Stitch this sweet little flower border pattern in the floss colors of your choice. Stitch your favorite flower or garden quote and use this border to finish the project. This would look great in a green house. 

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    Meandering Path Border

    Simple border for a saying, towel, or sampler. You could also use this pattern to create many lines to make a fun pattern on a towle. 

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    Small Oval Border

    Super simple border easy enough for a beginning stitcher. This pattern would be wonderful for a simple quote or monogram. It is an excellent easy pattern for beginners. Use this pattern for teaching. 

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    Solid Heart Border Pattern

    Stitch this border around a sweet saying or a small Valentine motif.
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    Star Stitch Border Pattern

    A border created using the star stitch.

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    Daisy Trellis Border Pattern

    Surround a saying or small motif with flowers. This border could also be adapted as a line in a band sampler.
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    Halloween Trio Border

    Spooky Border with a ghoul, a bat, and a pumpkin. Insert scary music here!
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    Brown and Blue Cross Stitch Border

    I just love the color combo of brown and blue. Of course, you could change the colors of the border to whatever combo you find delicious.
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    Let Your Light Shine Border

    Very simple little border designed for the Let Your Light Shine pattern. This design will work well with variegated floss.
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    Pumpkin Border Pattern

    Use the Pumpkin border pattern to surround a saying or chart with a Thanksgiving theme. Or, stitch it as is to make a candle mat.
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    Flower Trio Border Chart

    Design © Connie G. Barwick
    Design © Connie G. Barwick
    Use the Flower Trio Border to add a band to a towel. Or, chart a saying and use the border at the top and bottom of the design.
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    Design © Connie G. Barwick
    Design © Connie G. Barwick

    Add this simple band to a towel or small saying. See also - Square Happy Border chart