Summer is a great time to relax, soak in some sunshine, and pick up a cross-stitch project. Whether your stitching ideas for the season are filled with sandy beaches, poolside themes, delicious summer treats, or vibrant geometric looks, there's a summer cross-stitch pattern to suit your style. Advanced and beginner cross-stitchers alike can enjoy this collection of full samplers and mini motifs.
Choose a free design or check out kits with almost everything you need to get started. These cute cross-stitch patterns are the perfect place to get inspired for crafting with cheerful summertime themes for your favorite hobby.
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9-Square Summer Sampler Pattern
Bright summer colors and modern motifs make up this sampler from Satsuma Street. The pattern features a smiling sun at the center with fruit, fish, and wildlife around the grid. The best part about patterns like this is that you can stitch the entire piece by using the individual squares as mini charts. The finished piece can be framed, attached to a canvas, or even stitched onto a throw pillow for a bright piece of decor that you can use year-round.
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Summer Strawberry Pattern
Delicious fruit is always a highlight of summer, and strawberries top the list for adorable cross-stitch designs. This free pattern from Sugaridoo is "berry sweet," indeed. It looks great in a hoop, but would also work as a card or stitched on a baby onesie.
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Beachy Stitch-A-Long Pattern
Looking for a project that you can work on bit by bit? This large design is broken into nine parts for a mystery stitch-a-long. Not all of it is a mystery once you've seen the finished look, but that shouldn't stop you from signing up and enjoying the sections that make up a fun seaside design. The designer even offers a matching beach huts needle minder to go along with this summertime cross-stitch pattern.
Seas the Day Cross-Stitch-A-Long, $18, Caterpillar Cross-Stitch
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Tropical Fruity Cross-Stitch
Pineapples are another fun fruit that celebrates summer, and cheerful pink pineapple designs are even better when it comes to crafting. This simple and cute cross-stitch pattern is perfect for stitching poolside with a tropical drink close by. Use a standard hoop or stitch it onto a set of decorative fabrics to spruce up your home for the season.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Summer Fun Flamingo Pattern
Pink flamingoes are a great animal mascot for summertime. And as Bev from the Flamingo Toes blog points out with her free pattern, they are both majestic and awkward. Stitch this fun summer craft to show off your playful side.
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Smiling Seashell Pattern
If you love cute cross-stitch patterns, you'll love this adorable smiling seashell pattern. Along with opting for a standard hoop, you can stitch this design extra-large on a lower-count Aida to make a pillow, or go small to make a headband or hair clip.
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Geometric Biscornu Pattern in Summer Shades
Originally appearing in Cross-Stitch Crazy magazine, these geometric pincushions are a fun summer project. The designs themselves aren't summer-specific, but the colors definitely are.
If you've never made a biscornu before, it's likely easier than you think. They start as two squares that are stitched together at an angle, giving the pincushions their unique shape.
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Mini Summer Saying Pattern
"Sun, Shore, and Waves Galore!" That's what this mini-pattern is all about. The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery is known for its adorable cross-stitch patterns, and this design lives up to that reputation. From the fun summer saying to the colors and motifs, this cross-stitch chart has it all. This stitchery also offers many other summery designs to keep crafting throughout the season.
Waves Galore Cross-Stitch Pattern, $6, The Frosted Pumpkin StitcheryContinue to 9 of 9 below.
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Summer Mini Motifs
Not all cross-stitch needs to be elaborate. These free summer motifs are just the right size to stitch while you have a few minutes between activities. Choose your favorites and stitch them on the corner of summer napkins, or make a variety into magnets for a summertime magnet playset.