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10 Free simple embroidery patterns for kids

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Simple embroidery patterns for kids

When I was writing my tips for teaching kids to embroider, I realized how few simple embroidery patterns for kids are out there.. I am all for letting kids draw their own designs (see how my son drew & stitched a project here), but if they would rather start out with a premade design, here is a list of fun freebies that I think fit the bill! Simple stitches, fun motifs, and relatively quick to finish.

Is there a style or design you wish was out there for kids? What would get them excited about stitching? Leave a comment and I can try to find something that matches!

Also check out these related posts!

Simple embroidery patterns for kids:

Check out my free ice cream embroidery design that is perfect for kids, here at Swoodson Says.

Free rainbow embroidery pattern from Shiny Happy World – how cute would this be on a backpack?

trex skull hand embroidery pattern free

A fun, simple t-rex hand embroidery pattern for kids to stitch! I don’t have a full blog post for this one but sign up for my newsletter and get the free download once you confirm your subscription! If you’re already a subscriber, you can access the pattern with the password in each newsletter, in the resource library.


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Free heart embroidery pattern from Yellow Dandy – super simple and perfect for wall art.

Free mountain embroidery pattern by @makingjiggy for Instructables – my outdoorsy kids would love this, and I’d love it on my wall.

Free sashiko animal patterns from Wild Olive for The Spruce – my kids would put that kitty face on everything!

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Kid’s embroidery tutorial for a felt bookmark at The Craft Train – bookmarks are super useful and fun to stitch.

Free llama embroidery pattern from Make and Takes – this looks a little complicated but the “blanket” isn’t actually stitched, and the rest is very simple.

Free Star Wars embroidery pattern at Wild Olive – are your kids crazy about Star Wars like mine? They’d love this!

Pin this list of simple embroidery patterns for kids for later, here:

Click through to see this fun list of hand embroidery patterns that are FREE and simple enough for kids to stitch! Teach kids how to embroider with these easy patterns in kid friendly motifs. #embroidery #kidscrafts

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Tuesday 22nd of March 2022

What an amazing and enjoyable informative read, your contribution in respect of digital embroidery / digital embroidery services are appreciable. Keep up the good work!


Tuesday 12th of January 2021

The ice cream cone was one of the first things my boys (7 & 5) sewed. (The 3 yo too, kind of, he has to do everything his brothers do). We turned one into a pillow cover for their grandpa as a Christmas present. My 7 yo finished the mountain one and it’s one of our favorites! He’s starting a second version now. Personally I love those sampler style patterns because I think the variety of stitches make them more interesting to do.

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Tuesday 4th of July 2023

This makes me so happy to hear!!

James Craig

Monday 12th of October 2020

Thanks for sharing such a informative article here with us .

Sara Laney

Friday 1st of February 2019

This is a nice activity for kids to get involved in. Thanks.

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Friday 1st of February 2019

You're welcome! Don't try to leave spammy links in blog comments, bloggers just delete them.

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