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Free Cross Stitch Towel Border Patterns

I have been stitching for most of my life and have created many patterns for this form of needle art.

Beautiful borders

Beautiful borders

Where to begin

You've been looking at you kitchen or bathroom thinking that it needs that extra something to dress it up. You haven't been able to put you finger on it but you know it's missing something. What would be better than a new kitchen towel or bathroom towel set personally stitched by you?

If you stitch it you can hand pick your pattern rather than have to settle for a towel off the shelf. Now that you're thinking in that directions you have to ask yourself, "Where do I begin to find what I need?". Well, that's why I'm here.

In this hub I will tell you where to find a pattern and where to find the supplies you need to create your one of a kind towel set. Good news, you won't even have to leave your house. How great is that?

A few beautiful border designs

A few beautiful border designs

Free Patterns Online

  • Tipnut

This site has a collection of adorable patterns from the 1940s for kitchen towels. You download them and stitch to your heart's content.

  • Free Patterns

Here you will find patterns perfect for the bath towel.

  • Crossstitch

This site offers 6 different cross stitch patterns for towels, including one for a cute baby towel.

  • Free Patterns Online

Here you can find several free border patterns prefect for the beginner.

  • Knitting Fever

Believe it or not this site has a cross stitch pattern you can download. It's a beautiful little design for a bath towel.

  • Love To Know Crafts

Offered here are free patterns plus directions on how to make your own patterns.

  • Nancy Hearne, Designs

This designer has several patterns that are well worth the look.

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  • Kreinik

There are some very pretty Christmas holiday towel border patterns available on this site.

This is a good sample of stitchable towels.

This is a good sample of stitchable towels.

Online sites for supplies

  • Stitch On It Direct

This site has a nice select of both kitchen and both towels that are ready for you to stitch your own pattern.

  • Joann's Fabrics

Joann's has one of the largest most complete selections of stitchable towels available. They range from fingertip to bath size. You will also find any supply you need to complete your own handmade towel.

  • The Art of Stitch

On this site you will find a selection of gingham checked towels in various colors with a 4" x 4" stitchable inset. It's the perfect size for your favorite design.

  • Accents Inc

Here they not only have the stitchable towels but the supplies and patterns that are sure to please.

  • ABC Stitch Therapy

There are several stitchable towels offered here. The selection of books containing patterns for stitchable towels is one of the best I've seen.t

This is a terrific chart to determine how many strands of embroidery floss to use for your pattern.

This is a terrific chart to determine how many strands of embroidery floss to use for your pattern.

Now that you have your pattern what do you do?

Understanding Charts

Each square on the chart represents a stitch. Unless the chart states otherwise this stitch will be a cross stitch.

Any blank spots is just that-an indication of a blank space. You do not stitch in that spot.

Any straight lines indicate a backstitch.


I have included a chart to help you decide how many threads to use to stitch your patterns.

Stitchable towels typically use 14 count aida cloth in their insets. For this you will use 2 or 3 strands. For those who like a thicker looking stitch 3 strands would be a better choice.

There are different types of thread or floss that can be used.

  • cotton - the most popular choice.
  • perle' cotton - used for a pearl effect.
  • rayon - for a soft shiny effect.
  • metallic - usually used to accent.
  • variegated - for a gradual change in color.


Since stitchable towels use 14 count aida you should use a #22 needle.

If you come across a stitchable twoel that uses 16 or 18 count aida you would generally use a #24 or #26 needle.

This is the basic cross stitch stitch.

This is the basic cross stitch stitch.

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    You dog or cat is one of the family, why not treat them that way at Christmas. Make an adorable ornament for your pet using one of these free patterns.
  • Free Cross Stitch Patterns Online
    If you cross stitch as much as I do you jump at the chance to get a free pattern. Here online there are many patterns for you to choose from ranging from beginner to experienced.
  • my free counted cross stitch patterns
    Links to dozens of free cross stitch patterns, many based on vintage advertising images, especially fruit crate label designs.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Susan Hazelton


RTalloni on December 22, 2015:

Towels bordered with cross-stitch designs are so nice to make for oneself or to use as gifts. I like that they can be created to celebrate seasons, themes, and nicely monogramed. The sites you mention would be neat to explore for supplies--thanks!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 08, 2013:

Free Cross Stitch Towel Border Patterns a creative thought here and so easily explained. Voted up, useful and interesting.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on April 27, 2013:

peachpurple, the stitched towels do make a beautiful addition to décor. I am a cross stitcher through and through.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on April 26, 2013:

very useful indeed. I love cross stitch vy much. Bookmark this hub

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on April 09, 2013:

kidscrafts, it's great being able to get free patterns. Cross stitching is my calming hobby.

kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on April 07, 2013:

I love cross stitching! I use to make a lot of those small towels as gifts! I have a little less time to crosstich for the moment but when I travel, I like to have one or two of those towels with me because it doesn't take a lot of room and it's practical to keep myself busy on long flights for example!

I used to have my students create a project for mother's day with cross stich. They were cross stitching the initial of the first name of their mother.

Thank you also for sharing places where to find free patterns online!

Another thing that I love with cross stiching is that I can buy a book in another language and read the patterns :-) It's like music :-)

Voted up and interesting!

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on April 01, 2013:

aviannovice, it's a lovely work of art. I think birds would be lovely on towels.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on March 30, 2013:

This is so wonderful. My mother used to do a little bit of this, and did lovely work. I am more of a bull in a china shop, but I have done latch hook rugs. It would be nice to do something with birds, though...

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on March 29, 2013:

Eddy, thanks.

Eiddwen from Wales on March 29, 2013:

So interesting and voted up KK G .

Enjoy your day


Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on March 28, 2013:

drbj for sharing. It's always a good idea to keep a running list of where to get free patterns.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on March 28, 2013:

always exploring, I'm sure you can do it. You'd be amazed what you can do with a couple of stitches and a lot of patience.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on March 28, 2013:

tillsontitan, thank you. Cross stitching is one of those touches that can really add to your décor.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on March 27, 2013:

My daughter loves to cross stitch so I'm going to share your fascinating drop stitch info with her in case she is not aware of the resources you listed. Thank you.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 27, 2013:

I watched the video. I think i can do this, i have never done cross stitching. Thank you...

Mary Craig from New York on March 27, 2013:

What a useful hub! Anyone interested in cross-stitch will certainly learn a lot for this hub. You have certainly packed this full of very useful information.

Voted up, useful, interesting and I must add helpful!!

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on March 27, 2013:

Just Ask Susan, I love to cross stitch. I also find it a relaxing hobby.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on March 27, 2013:

I haven't done cross stitch in so long and your hub reminded me of how relaxing I used to find doing this. My kitchen sure could use a new tablecloth and what better way than to do a cross stitch. Thanks for the inspiration.

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