FREE Christmas and Holiday Patterns

Here you will find Winter Holiday and Christmas patterns for embroidery, using a wide variety of techniques and stitches including surface embroidery, candle wicking, pulled thread techniques and more!

This list is a work in progress and will be added to regularly.

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    Northern Woods Counted Thread Pattern

    Northern Woods Counted Thread Embroidery - Shown Finished as a Coaster. © Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com

    The Northern Woods counted thread embroidery project is a sampler of various stitches used on a small scale, and is a perfect project for people who have not yet tried this type of embroidery. The square design can be finished as a coaster (shown) with easy self-fringed edges, or you can finish them as ornaments for the tree and gift tags or knob and scissor fobs.

    While this would be considered an intermediate embroidery technique, stitching a counted thread design on a small scale such as this...MORE is a great way to learn the basics involved in a counted thread project. Six different counted thread stitches are used in the project, giving you an opportunity to build your embroidery skills as you work the pretty design.

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    Gingerbread Dreams Pattern Set

    © Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com

    The Gingerbread Dreams embroidery pattern features delicate frosting-like patterns you can work on tan or light brown embroidery fabric, giving them the look of freshly baked goodies. Or, work the designs on a red or blue background for Holiday drama. Choose from four ornament patterns, two borders, a dramatic wreath and small spot motifs that you can use to adorn a variety of Holiday projects from linens and tree ornaments to stockings and tabletop accessories.

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    © Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com

    This versatile pattern features three different designs you can use to make gift tags or ornaments. The patterns have been designed with specific hand embroidery stitches in mind, and the project set includes a stitch key you can follow. Stitch the tags as shown, or personalize them with names or dates.

    Each stitch used in the designs has a link to the tutorial in the Alphabetical Stitch List, making the patterns easy for beginners to follow.

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    Embroidered Nativity Stitch-Along

    The Holy Family. © Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com

    Join us as we work the entire Nativity in basic surface embroidery stitches enhanced with colored pencils. General Directions for working the figures is located in Part 1, with groups of figures available in the subsequent parts. The Holy Family can be found in Part 2. Because this is a stitch-along, patterns are being added on a regular basis. You can see the complete pan list for this series here.

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  • 05 of 15

    Pair of Embroidered Ornaments - Set 1

    Two Ornaments for Embroidery. © Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com

    Decorate your tree with hand embroidered ornaments! You can work this pair of Christmas Ornaments embroidery pattern in basic surface embroidery stitches, in any number of stitch combinations.

    The simple pattern works up quickly and require very little in the way of embroidery supplies, making this a terrific last-minute or take-along project.

    Finish the designs as ornaments, frame them as art, or stitch them as unique, one of a kind gift tags or placecards on your holiday table.

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    Pair of Embroidered Ornaments - Set 2

    Embroidered Ornament Set 2 - Bird and Heart. © Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com

    This is the second set of ornaments you can embroider using your favorite surface embroidery stitches.

    The patterns coordinate with Set 1 and are worked in the same manner.

    Stitch them using colored floss, or in your favorite shade or red floss to make Redwork ornaments.

    Use the designs at their current size for stitching ornaments or tags - or enlarge the designs and stitch them on a pillow front or around the edges of a tree skirt.

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    Pair of Embroidered Ornaments - Set 3

    Ornament Set Three - Church and Fancy Teardrop. © Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com

    The inspiration for the fancy teardrop and little church embroidery patterns were two old vintage glass ornaments from Germany. I grew up with blown glass ornaments, and they're popular once again. Either I'm now considered old, or just really hip! Sadly, the inspiration comes from memory, as the ornaments were broken long ago.

    The patterns are given as full-size as a .jpg files, but can be easily enlarged or reduced using your computer's photo editing software, making them smaller...MORE for tags or larger for pillow or tote bag fronts.

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    Prancing Reindeer Pattern and Samples. © Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com

    This embroidery pattern featuring a prancing deer can be worked in nearly any technique! This simple design worked in different techniques would make a unique set of Christmas ornaments or gift tags.

    In these samples, I've worked the same deer pattern in basic embroidery stitches including surface embroidery and crewel stitches in colored floss, and pulled thread stitches for a classic whitework look.

    Varying shades of brown and tan six-strand embroidery floss were used in the colored samples...MORE (accented with a green floss bow worked on the neck of the deer) while the third design was worked entirely in white floss.

    There are so many ways you can stitch this simple design, that the possibilities are endless!

    Try filling the design with satin stitch, or accent the reindeer with seed beads or sequins for a fancy finish.

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  • 09 of 15

    Surface Embroidered Christmas Tree

    The Completed Tree. © Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com

    Work this Christmas Tree embroidery pattern in basic surface embroidery stitches. The simple pattern works up quickly, making this a terrific take-along project.

    The pattern for this pretty little tree was inspired by a piece of vintage jewelry. The goldteardrops have been replaced with rows of detached chain stitches, and the red rhinestone circular ornaments with a basic eyelet. Satin stitch was used to work the trunk at the base of the tree.

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    Single Candlewick Blossom. © Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com

    The simple pattern featured in the Candlewick Tutorial can be easily reduced in size and used to make fabulous tree ornaments for a tree inspired by the arts and crafts of Colonial America.

    Stitch the design using the Colonial knot on white or colored embroidery fabric.

    This tutorial walks you through the basics of candlewick embroidery and features a simple pattern, but you can easily create your own, unique patterns made of simple dots, each spaced 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch apart.

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    Christmas Patterns

    © Connie G. Barwick, Licensed to About.com
    Cross Stitch Guide Connie Barwick has links to lots of terrific projects for the holidays.
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    Check out this adorable embroidered patchwork runner featuring an ice skating snowman and child. The project is worked in basic surface embroidery stitches using bright, happy shades of embroidery floss. It's the perfect size to stitch as a last-minute gift idea!

    You can find the complete tutorial - including the directions for assembling the patchwork runner - on the RevoluzZza Blog site, and the pdf pattern here.

    It's a German site, but the language of embroidery is crisp and clear.

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    Badbirds

    Stitch this reindeer pattern, available on the Badbirds blog site. Be sure to check out their entire list of free patterns while you're there!

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    FlossBox

    The Floss Box features this pattern for the Mouse King from the Nutcracker. There are lots of other free patterns on their site as well, so you'll definitely want to check their freebies page.

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    Tag Ornaments

    © Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com

    This versatile pattern features three different designs you can use to make gift tags or ornaments. The patterns have been designed with specific hand embroidery stitches in mind, and the project set includes a stitch key you can follow. Stitch the tags as shown, or personalize them with names or dates.

    Each stitch used in the designs has a link to the tutorial in the Alphabetical Stitch List, making the patterns easy for beginners to follow.