Skip To Content

    29 Embroidery Patterns That Might Make Passing The Time A Stitch Easier

    These patterns are unique, lovely, and ~sew~ fun.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A frighteningly cute ghost embroidery for creative souls who are equal parts kooky and spooky.

    Cartoonish ghost with floral headband
    Let's Get Galactic

    This includes a four inch embroidery hoop, fabric, a tracing pattern, embroidery floss, a needle, and stitch guides. The shop is owned by Cassie Lola and based in Fair Oaks, California.

    Get it from Let's Get Galactic on Etsy for $25.

    2. A cherub choice that'll look so cool on display your friends may think, "Shoot! I should have joined in on this crafternoon!"

    Cherub with arrows through its heart
    Markot Art Embroidery

    The kit comes with a pair of shears, embroidery floss, a stained bamboo hoop, the pattern, a stitching tutorial, fabric, a needle, and an easel. Artist and shop owner Kelly Markota has some of my favorite, freaky embroidery pieces. BTW, this business is in Sunland, United States.

    Get it from Markot Art Embroidery on Etsy for $30 (available in two colors and three patterns).

    3. A personalized sparrow piece to give your lovey dove something extra special.

    Two sparrows holding banner over heart. The banner says "To" with room for a name and above the image are the words "with love" in cursive.
    Vintage Mad by M

    The basic kit includes an embroidery needle, black and red embroidery floss, metallic gold embroidery thread, calico with the pattern, a wooden embroidery hoop, and instructions (available in French and English). Muriel Grimont's small business is in Strasbourg, France. Ooh la la.

    Get it from Vintage Mad by M on Etsy for $43.90+ (available in four kit styles and two languages).

    4. An autumnal portrait that'll be loved by anyone who lives for sweater season and changing leaves.

    Person with long hair filled with different leaves that are changing from green to yellow to brown
    Lucylu Dreams

    The PDF includes four files; the Autumn Queen pattern, template and tutorial, a pattern template for printing onto self-adhesive water-soluble stabilizer, a pattern stitch glossary (this uses straight, satin, stem and fishbone stitches) and a second glossary (this includes long and short satin stitches and a chain stitch). FYI, this woman-owned business is based in London, England.

    Get it from Lucylu Dreams on Etsy for $9.27.

    5. A mason jar masterpiece for folks who know that when a jar is half simply fill it with flowers!

    Three mason jars with bundles of flowers in each one
    Vicki N Stitches

    This has a paper pattern, instructions, a wooden hoop, fabric, and embroidery floss. This small business is owned by Vickilynn who creates her pieces in Beloit, Wisconsin.

    Get it from Vicki N Stitches on Etsy for $15.25+ (available in three kit styles).

    6. A pronoun piece to (decoratively) show that you do not put up with incorrect pronouns in your house!

    Three floral embroidery hoops, each with different pronouns.
    Junebug and Darlin

    This'll come with a wood embroidery hoop, cross stitch pattern,14 count Aida cloth, two tapestry needles, DMC floss, organic batting, felt, and hand drawn directions. Junebug and Darlin is location in Portland, Oregon.

    Get it from Junebug and Darlin on Etsy for $22 (available in three styles).

    7. A Maya Angelou piece that'll give your poetic soul something inspiring to stare at on the rare occasions when you're not reading or writing.

    Portrait of Maya Angelou with the words "Still I Rise" in the fabric over her hair
    Create The Culture

    The full DIY kit includes a printed pattern on cotton fabric, an embroidery hoop, thread, card instructions, and two needles. This Black- and woman-owned business hails from my hometown of Brooklyn, NY!

    Get it from Create The Culture on Etsy for $20+ (available in two kit styles).

    8. A marbled pattern you can download and begin working on faster than you can say, "This rocks!"

    Multi-color embroidery pattern in three different sized hoops
    Lark Rising Embroidery

    This pattern is really open-ended, allowing you to choose your own hoop size, location on the pattern page, and color scheme. The digital PDF includes a list of needed supplies, a color guide, hoop preparation instructions, and a list of the stitches used. Ready to master the satin stitch? This pattern is gonna GET YOU THERE. The PDF includes examples in three different sizes and three different colorways. This mother-run small business is in Seattle, Washington.

    Get it from Lark Rising Embroidery on Etsy for $16.

    9. A snazzy squid pick I have an ~inkling~ you're gonna love.

    Person's face with squid swimming in front and behind it
    Odd Ana Stitch

    This pattern works with a 6-inch hoop. The PDF file includes simple embroidery tips, a full sized pattern, and reverse color recommendations. It only requires two types of stitches, so it's great for beginners! BTW, this shop is in Portland, Oregon!

    Get it from Odd Ana Stitch on Etsy for $10.

    10. A beginner-friendly embroidery for bath fans who want a piece of art that shows they love bathtime with every hair on their head (and legs).

    Hairy legs with painted toenails inside bath
    Pixels & Purls

    This "choose-your-own-adventure" piece gives you the outline for the water and legs, with tips on how to add hair and muscle tone to your taste. The PDF includes the recommended embroidery floss colors, a pattern to transfer onto your fabric (with helpful transfer methods), a color-coded instructions page, and info on how to frame the finished piece. Owner Sara Davey makes all her pieces in Norwich, United Kingdom.

    Get it from Pixels & Purls on Etsy for $6.41.

    11. A living room pick you can grab to show your own shabby living room what it could look like if it would just try a little harder.

    Mod living room with rug, plant, sofa, and orb chandelier
    Sew Botanical

    This PDF download includes suggested materials, detailed color scheme, pattern, embroidery techniques, and close-up pictures. When you buy the guide you'll also get access to the private Instagram page @sewbotanicalfamily which provides handy videos of the stitches used and exclusive giveaways. This shop is also based in the U.K.! Hull, to be exact.

    Get it from Sew Botanical on Etsy for $9.26.

    12. A monogram piece — I alpha-bet this is gonna look fab in your place.

    Several embroidery hoops with a different decorative letter on each one

    This PDF includes the design with stitching instructions and tips (these will be emailed to you). Be sure to specify your selection(s) in the notes to seller. This small business is based in Boston, Massachusetts.

    Get it from mlmxoxo on Etsy for $4.50+ (available in up to five letters).

    13. A heart anatomy pattern that'll have your future house guests loveably saying, "Atri-um, your Grey's Anatomy obsession is getting out of hand."

    Anatomical heart with written part labels
    You And Me Happily

    Would I die for Meredith Grey? Yes. But she'd totally bring me back to life. BTW...This download includes a materials list, step-by-step instructions, and a heart outline pattern for 6-inch and 8-inch hoops. This woman-owned business is run in Dallas, Texas.

    Get it from You And Me Happily on Etsy for $4.40.

    14. A snow angel pattern for festive folks who love winter ~snow~ much.

    Several people in different outfits making snow angels
    Etcetera Embroidery

    With this PDF you'll get basic info on how to use your embroidery hoop and separate your thread, a color guide, detailed stitch instructions and diagrams, and the complete pattern. BTW, owner Caitlin Rethwish started Etcetera Embroidery in Portland, Oregon.

    Get it from Etcetera Embroidery on Etsy for $8.

    15. A tile embroidery pattern so fun it'll have you ~floored~ when you finish it.

    Feet on decorative tile floor
    Brynn & Co.

    This digital guide includes a supplies list, pattern transfer steps, a stitch guide, finishing touches, info on backing your hope, and the pattern. This small business is located in Sunshine Coast, Australia. Jealous.

    Get it from Brynn & Co. on Etsy for $9.53.

    16. An abstract piece that kinda looks like something under a microscope, for all you secret-scientists-with-BFA-degrees out there.

    Abstract squiggles and shapes in different colors
    Mountains of Thread

    This digital pattern includes a pattern guide, color guide, stitch guide. Owner Sarah puts these kits together in Austin, Texas.

    Get it from Mountains of Thread on Etsy for $8.

    17. A silkmoth piece that'll entertain anyone who is ~bugged~ by sitting around with nothing to do.

    Detailed moth above a floral sprig
    Wildwood Needle Craft

    This digital download includes the pattern, instructions, and a color list. It's designed for a 6-inch embroidery hoop and uses 20 colors of DMC six-strand cotton embroidery floss. This shop is in Salem, Oregon.

    Get it from Wildwood Needle Craft on Etsy for $15.

    18. A chill pill pattern — a darling (if not entirely subtle) gift you can give to the person you're living with when they're acting like a real pill.

    Purple bottle of pills with the words "Chill Pills" labeled in front
    Blue Jungle Embroidery

    This download includes the pattern in color and black and white, a supplies list, a stitch guide, directions for the piece, and a list of methods for transferring the pattern to fabric. Owner Kelsey runs this small business in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

    Get it from Blue Jungle Embroidery on Etsy for $5.

    19. A sweater pup pick sure to lift you up when life is feeling ~ruff~.

    Three different dogs in sweaters with floral frame
    Thread Meadows

    This mix-and-match digital download includes 24 dog and cat breeds and four sweater options to choose from. It has a punch needle video tutorial, a list of recommended supplies, pattern transfer steps, stitch-a-long instructions, and info on backing your embroidery hoop. This pattern works with a 3-to-7-inch hoop. The company is located in Newcastle, Australia.

    Get it from Thread Meadows on Etsy for $9.53.

    20. A crescent moon gal for folks who daydream about getting back to their nightlife.

    Half a person's face with necklace. The top half is a moon.

    This download includes stitching instructions and a basic stitch guide, transferring instructions, a list of supplies needed, a hand drawn embroidery pattern (with a reversed copy), and stitching tips. Want something from somewhere super cool? This shop is in Riga, Latvia.

    Get it from Alifera on Etsy for $6.59.

    21. A floral embroidery pattern that'll tell it like it is.

    Floral pattern where negative space spells "UGH"
    Ellucy Stitches

    This PDF has a materials and tips page, a pattern with the stitches and colors used, and a printable image of the pattern for a 6-inch hoop. Owner Mallory (fantastic name) runs this shop out of Richmond, Virginia.

    Get it from Ellucy Stitches on Etsy for $7.

    22. A floral head piece you're gonna wanna show off botanic-all over once it's finished.

    Person's body in bra and panties with flowers for a head
    Stitch with Skye

    This digital download file includes the embroidery pattern, a list of supplies, transferring instructions, stitching instructions, and basic stitch guides. This small business is in Rugeley, United Kingdom.

    Get it from Stitch with Skye on Etsy for $14.24.

    23. A Harry Potter pattern sure to add a little magic to your living room.

    Train going over valley with flying car in sky above it
    Lark Rising Embroidery

    This 28-page pattern and guide has a traceable template, a full stitch library, a color guide, supplies list, and instructions for preparing and finishing your hoop. The design has a step-by-step guide with diagrams, photos, and helpful tips. Lauren Holton's business is in Seattle, Washington.

    *Editor's Note: BuzzFeed does not support discriminatory or hateful speech in any form. We stand by the LGBTQ+ community and all fans who found a home in the Harry Potter series and will work to provide a safe space for fans. If you, like us, feel impassioned about trans rights, learn more or donate here.

    Get it from Lark Rising Embroidery on Etsy for $15.

    24. A rainbow burst pattern that'll give any place a beautifully boho vibe ~eye~ bet you can't live without.

    An eye with a rainbow above it and sun beam design below it
    Thread Honey

    This PDF pattern includes the DMC embroidery floss colors used in the image, fabric details, and pattern transfer instructions. The pattern is designed for an 8-inch hoop. This woman-owned business is in Boise, Idaho.

    Get it from Thread Honey on Etsy for $10.

    25. A full embroidery kit that's gonna be great if you love tattoos but hate needles so much you don't even have a sewing kit in your home.

    Back pf person's neck. They have their hair in a messy bun, wearing a tank top, with a back covered in colorful floral tattoos
    Stitch Happy

    This kit includes certified organic 100% cotton, two needles, embroidery thread, a 7-inch embroidery hoop, a full color instruction booklet/stitch guide, and a traceable printed pattern. Owner Louisa's shop is in Royal Leamington Spa, United Kingdom.

    Get it from Stitch Happy on Etsy for $35.63 (available in four fabric colors).

    26. A lovely sweater weather pattern you can give your sweetheart just because they deserve something special.

    Two abstract people hugging. They have on big sweaters.
    Etcetera Embroidery

    With this PDF you'll get basic info on how to use your embroidery hoop and separate your thread, a color guide, detailed stitch instructions and diagrams, and the complete pattern. This kit is also made by Caitlin Rethwish in Portland, Oregon.

    Get it from Etcetera Embroidery on Etsy for $10.

    27. A coffee prep pattern you may have just realized you've ~bean~ needing your whole life.

    Several outlines of different coffee makers
    Hello Hoop

    This PDF format comes with a color photo for reference, a tracing pattern, a list of stitches and DMC thread colors, stitching instructions, and transfer pattern instructions. Owner Catia makes these pieces in Springfield, Virginia.

    Get it from Hello Hoop on Etsy for $5.

    28. A summer fruit bundle you're gonna love ~berry~ much.

    Knitted fruit with embroidered leaves
    Thread Meadows

    The digital download includes the pattern for a 6-inch hoop, a video tutorial, supply recommendations, pattern transfer steps, stitch-a-long instructions, and info on backing your embroidery hoop. This woman-owned small business is in Newcastle, Australia.

    Get it from Thread Meadows on Etsy for $9.53.

    29. And finally, a striking desert scene you can get in honor of all the hobbies you'll be ~deserting~ the minute you realize embroidery has been your one true love all along.

    Desert scene with cacti, mountains, and a setting sun
    Sew Botanical

    This PDF download includes suggested materials, detailed color scheme, pattern, embroidery techniques, and close-up pictures. When you buy the guide you'll also get access to the private Instagram page @sewbotanicalfamily which provides handy videos of the stitches used and exclusive giveaways. Sew Botanical is based in Hull, United Kingdom.

    Get it from Sew Botanical on Etsy for $9.26.

    Now get stitching!