FREE cupcake cross stitch pattern and polka dot paper

CrossStitcher March issue (263) free cupcake card design

Send your friends a super-sweet treat with one of our delicious cross stitch cupcake cards - yum! To get started straight away, download this extra cupcake pattern and then print our polka dot backing paper to finish it off. You'll find the rest of the designs in CrossStitcher's March issue (263) which you can still buy from our online shop...

FREE Antique hearts download

Cross Stitch Collection March 2013 cover

The March issue of Cross Stitch Collection has now hit the shops, and we're shaking off the winter blues by looking forward to starting some fresh new stitching projects! Joan Elliott's Spring Goddess is taking centre stage this month with her beautiful crown of daffodils and violets, but there's a colourful owl cushion for those who fancy a fun stitch to kick-start spring...

Cross stitch a card for Valentine's Day

Cross stitch valentines day cards - CrossStitcher February issue 262

Who said Valentine's Day cards have to be smushy? In our February issue, you'll find a set of paired-up animal silhouette cards that are as cool as they are affectionate. Choose from penguins, birds, elephants, squirrels or download this extra owls design and complete the set...

Say 'thank you' with super-cute cross stitched greetings cards

CrossStitcher January issue thank you cards

Now the New Year has arrived, it's time to say thank you for all those lovely gifts and heartfelt dinners we've enjoyed over the festive holiday. In CrossStitcher's January issue you'll find this cuddly set of greetings cards, which we think are perfect for doing just that!

To get you started, here's an extra design for you to download. Find the rest in our January issue (261).

Decorate a wreath with cross stitched motifs - for a warm Christmas welcome!

October issue feative wreath with cross stitch motifsIn our October issue you'll find a bumper set of festive motifs guaranteed to get you in the mood for some seasonal stitching. From stars to snowflakes and candy canes, there's something for every taste level.

Make a start on your festive preparations by stitching these little motifs in the evenings, on the train or even in your lunch hour!

If you can make time to stitch just one motif each week in the run up to December, then you'll have enough to decorate a wreath by the time advent starts.

To get you started, here's some more festive motifs to download - for FREE!

You'll find the rest of the designs on pages 17-24 of our October issue, on sale 3rd October. Get inventive and let us know what you do with yours...

Two FREE bonus leaf patterns!

Anette Eriksson leaf cushion, Christmas 257 issueIn our celebratory Christmas issue (on sale until 2nd Oct) you'll find this botanical leaf cushion by Anette Eriksson, perfectly capturing Autumn's beauty.

What's best, the rich shades of mulberry and lime mean it will look just as striking displayed in the summer months. Forget fancy homeware and stitch your own set of contemporay cushions instead!

You'll find the whole pattern on page 83 of our latest issue, but to get you started here's two bonus leaf charts to download.

Why not stitch them on their own and create a set of leafy napkins or placemats for your dining room.
We think the fabric shop is calling...

bonus leaf charts, CrossStitcher 257

FREE botanical cross stitch leaf design

Botanical leaf cards by Maria DiazIn our September issue (on sale until 4th Sep) you'll find a refreshing set of leaf designs by Maria Diaz, which would make perfect little well-wishing cards for any occasion. You'll find four designs in total, each with a thoughtful sentiment such as Dream, Hope and Love included underneath.

To get you started, heres an additional leaf design to download - for free! Find the rest of the charts and all the making-up instructions on page 82 of our latest issue.

256 cards - extra free leaf design


FREE world flag cross stitch patterns!

cross stitch world flag patterns

With nations from across the globe coming together in sporting harmony for this years Olympic games, we think it's only right we share the sporting glory by stitching up some miniature world flags to celebrate. We've designed this set of miniature flags from across the world... can you spot yours?

* Download this FREE selection of 19 world flags to start your collection.
You'll find the other 21 designs (shown above) in CrossStitcher issue 255 - on sale until 7th August...

Say it loud and clear with a set of bold cross stitched sentiment cards!

Durene Junes Summer Brights sentiment cards - issue 254Send someone a bright and cheery sentiment with one of Durene Jones funky greetings cards in CrossStitcher issue 254.

Not only are they bold enough to get you in the mood for summer but they also cover a variety of occasions so you'll always be able to whip-up a perfect greetings card, even if its at the last minute!

You could stitch one for a new graduate receiving their exam results, or for a friend celebrating a big birthday with a garden party this summer? Just pick your brightest threads and get started.

* Download additional LOVE and BEST FRIENDS cards today and find the other four designs (left) on page 35 of our latest issue.

CrossStitcher issue 254 is on sale until 11th July and now available to buy online.

Extra cards download 254

Stitch-up your own flaming torch!

Olmpic torch cross stitch patternWith the Olympic torch gradually making its way around the UK as part of its grand tour, we couldn't resist paying homage to the Athens flame with our very own flaming torch.

This design comes as part of a sporty themed project in our latest issue, with everything from gold medals and winner rosettes to football boots and spoting buttons to choose from.

Click here to download our torch pattern

You'll find lots more quick-to-stitch sporty designs in issue 254, on sale until 10th July.

Have you seen the torch relay in your home town?

When the torch relay came through the city of Bath (where our offices are based), the team at CrossStitcher HQ went out to support the runners by cheering them down Great Pulteney Street. Even a friendly chap selling the Big Issue got in on the action by crafting his own torch out of a magazine - now that's the spirit!

Olympic torch coming through Bath