Hand embroidery is my jam. I incorporate it as much as I can into my work, and it’s my craft of choice for personal projects too. There’s something so therapeutic about proceeding one stitch at a time and watching your creation come together slowly. If there’s any way I can hand-stitch something, I will. I even love binding quilts by hand! I’ve seen so many gorgeous free hand embroidery patterns out there that I wanted to round them up into one place for easy reference. There are some seriously talented pattern makers in internet land!
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Most of these sites have many more free hand embroidery patterns than the ones I’ve pictured here. Some sites you have to dig around a bit to find the free hand embroidery patterns, others have them nicely grouped on a single page. And a few sites you have to sign up to get access to the patterns.
But all the patterns pictured in this post are totally free! Many of the pattern makers also have more complex patterns for sale. But it’s really nice to have so many free options.
(Edit: I finally wrote a part 2 roundup of ANOTHER 18 websites with free embroidery patterns! So now you have a total of 35 to choose from!)
Free Hand Embroidery Patterns
Just click on the name of the site to locate the patterns.
Obviously, I love the use of felt in the terrarium embroidery!
Those embroidered necklaces are perfection!
This site has several totally gorgeous floral embroidery patterns. Those poppies are calling my name!
Purl Soho has loads of free tutorials and patterns for sewing, knitting, crochet and embroidery. It’s a rabbit hole that’s hard to come out of!
There are pages and pages and pages of free hand embroidery patterns on the DMC website. They have them subcategorized into cross stitch patterns and embroidery patterns. You’ll definitely find something to strike your fancy there!
DMC Cross Stitch:
CozyBlue designs some of the sweetest patterns I’ve ever seen. She also has an embroidery kit subscription that I’m planning to tell my husband I want for Christmas!
You’ll have to do a lot of scrolling on the Wild Olive site to find the free hand embroidery patterns. But it’ll be worth your time for sure! She has sooo many super cute designs!
Country living only has cross stitch patterns, but they’re very sweet!
(I also recently designed this beautiful embroidered felt moth pattern. It’s listed here along with a few other cute sewing patterns!)
This site has some great tips for designing your own embroidery patterns!
I love the little pixelated people that Stitch People designs, I’m pretty sure she does custom work as well.
This site only has a few patterns available, but I had to include it because of this stunning fern leaf design!
I WILL be making the ‘Love without reason’ embroidery. For sure. It’s just so pretty!
This site mainly has embroidery designs incorporated into other crafty projects. I love the heart sampler though!
A lot of the ideas on this site are kid-friendly. Wouldn’t the snowflake hoop be a great afternoon craft to do with your big/little ones?
These are more traditional designs, they’d be very sweet embroidered on a set of napkins!
There are a ton of project ideas on this site plus some helpful how-to posts. The veggie sampler is awesome, no?!
There you have it, the top 17 sites I’ve found containing a huge assortment of free hand embroidery patterns.
Which one will you try first? 🙂