Mar 9, 2015

Little Shamrock Cross Stitch

I wanted something cute and quick I could whip up for St. Patrick's Day. I finally decided I wanted a little cross stitch shamrock I could wear on my shirt or sweater. I couldn't find the exact pattern I had in mind, so I made my own. And I thought you might like to make a cross stitch shamrock, too, so I'm sharing the pattern with you!

I made this one very beginner friendly. Like I said, I wanted to be able to make it quickly, and I also wanted to give someone who didn't know how to cross stitch a fun place to start (I'm including "how to" links at the bottom of this post). This pattern is perfect for you if:

  • you've never cross stitched
  • you're a beginner cross stitcher
  • you're an experienced cross stitcher, but want something fast
  • you'd like to teach someone to cross stitch

Shamrock without border- it's 1 and 1/4" across

I stitched this on 14 count aida cloth using 2 strands of embroidery thread. You can make just the shamrock, or you can add the little border to it. I worked it on a 6" square piece of white aida cloth.

I haven't decided exactly what I want to do with it yet. My initial idea was to fasten a pin to the back and make a little brooch, but there are lots of other things you could do. Add it to a 7" or 8" ribbon for a bookmark; put it in a little frame; place it in a mason jar lid and fill with St. Patrick Day goodies. I think I'm going to have to stitch a few more to do all the things I want to do.

Get the pattern at the link just below- you will probably want to have your printer set at a good quality print level so the grid lines will show up.

Little Shamrock Cross Stitch Pattern

Shamrock with optional border- finished size with border is 1 and 5/8"

How To Links:

Quickstart with Cross Stitch from DMC Thread

How to Cross Stitch: wikiHow

How to Cross Stitch: A guide from

P.S. I hope you enjoy this little pattern. If you have pattern-generating software you've used and would like to recommend, I'd love to hear from you. I'm having trouble finding software that I can use to create a pattern, and then share the pattern here on the blog. :)

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  1. What a cute shamrock! I don't know how to cross stich yet - but wouldn't mind learning. Pinned for later via Blogger Brags.

  2. Very cute shamrock pattern..
    I haven't crossed stitched in years.
    Will need to make this quick, my great niece
    has a birthday on the 17th.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Visiting from BNOTP at Susans.
    Linda C in Seattle

  3. How adorable is this!!! I LOVE this and how quick and easy too! Thank you for sharing and will spread it far and wide. Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

  4. My grandmother totally used to cross stitch when I was a kid and always wanted to learn. I love your little shamrock and if I find some free time would love to try this. Thanks, Joy :)

  5. This is so cute, I love the pattern! I haven't done cross stich since I was a kid, I should get back into it, especially when my girls are a little older and can do it too :)

  6. Joy,

    You constantly amaze me at how talented you are. It has been decades since I have crossed stitched. I need to teach my youngest how to do it. She would love it.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Diane Roark

  7. This is so cute! I've been wanting to start cross-stitch and this seems like an easy start. thanks for the links as well!

  8. Beautiful! I love shamrocks!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  9. How very cute and I love the idea of turning it into a bookmark!

  10. How cute and it's so great that you provided the pattern. Years ago, I loved cross stitching. I'm not sure why I stopped. This is a good reminder that it's a fun craft with so many possibilities. I'm so glad you shared this on the Spring Craft Blog Hop. Thank you!

  11. So adorable! You are so talanted.
    I would love for you to stop by my blog and join our link party Something to Talk About!
    Have a great day!

  12. Thanks for the this - it is tempting me to pick up a much neglected cross-stitch needle again! Pinning this from the Treasure Box Tuesday linkup

  13. visiting from show and tell linky....very nice. I learned to embroider (stamped) when I was 8. Stopped about age 13 and went to crewel and needlepoint and never picked embroidery back up! But I have to say, it is my favorite decorative craft...looks amazing!

  14. Lovely project.

  15. So sweet! If I had time I'd cross stitch!

  16. Joy, that is so cute! Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us at VMG206 Brag About It!

  17. This is sweet! I still do a lot of embroidery, but I haven't cross stitched in years. Makes me want to. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  18. Oh so sweet! I love to cross stitch and this would definitely be a quick project! I'd probably put it in a tiny frame and display it :)

  19. Joy, this is adorable! Thanks so much for sharing this at the Bloggers Brags Weekly Pinterest Party. I am pinning it to the Bloggers Brags board on Pinterest. We hope you come back again next week!

  20. Such a cute shamrock! Thanks for sharing the pattern and all the how to's!

  21. This is really cute, thanks for stopping by to share on Friday Features!
    Have a great weekend!

  22. This is just too cute! Repeated it would make a great border.

  23. What an adorable cross stitch. Such a sweet shamrock.

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

  24. It really is beautiful and so simple. Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

  25. Great little project! I have featured it in my weekly favorites this week, cheers!

  26. Thanks so much for sharing at Karen's Up on The Hill! I look forward to seeing what you share this week!
    Have a great Sunday!

  27. Cute! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty - we hope to see you again next week. :)

    Life With Lorelai

  28. This is so cute! I didn't find your post in time for this St. Patrick's Day but I'm bookmarking it for next year. Thanks for sharing!

  29. This is adorable! I haven't crossed stitched in a while. Thanks for sharing it at the party! Hope to see you again this week. Pinned & shared

  30. This is so sweet, Joy. It's been many years since I've done any cross stitching, but I find hand stitching of any kind therapeutic. Pinning for next year.


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