35+ Free Needlepoint Patterns and Projects

We have so many pages devoted to all types of needlework, but if you are looking for free needlepoint patterns and projects, you've found the right page! This is the perfect place to find information about needlepoint!!!

Needlepoint is a form of embroidery, and it is the oldest form of canvas work.  With needlepoint, yarn is stitched through a very stiff and open weave canvas with the designs covering the entire canvas.  

Interestingly enough, there have been some notable needlepointers in history.  Who knew that Mary, Queen of Scots, Marie Antionette, Queen Elizabeth I, and Princess Grace were avid needlepointers?!

What is the difference between needlepoint and embroidery?

There are several differences between needlepoint and embroidery.  First, needlepoint designs are worked on a mesh canvas with tapestry wool yarn. Embroidery, however, uses floss to create a line or filled design on linen or other fine types of fabric.

Needlepoint is also hand-work, while embroidery can be done on both a machine or by hand.

To learn more about the basics of needlepoint itself, please see our needlepoint topic page. 

This free pattern page is devoted to so many fun and exciting free needlepoint patterns and projects. From beginning needlepoint projects, to more advanced needlepoint such as Bargello needlepoint patterns, there is something for every stitcher.

There are wonderful tutorials on the stitch directory for the more common needlepoint stitches such as several tent stitches, and even instructions for diagonal needlepoint stitches.

What is the easiest needlepoint stitch?

There are three basic tent stitches in most needlepoint work, which make up the easiest stitches. Many needlepointers will say that the Continental Half Cross Stitch is the easiest needlepoint stitch.  However, the two other basic tent stitches are not complicated.

The Basket Weave Stitch and the Continental Stitch are not much more difficult.  There are tutorials below for each of the tent stitches.

The stitches above are worked diagonally on the canvas. Most diagonal needlepoint stitches come from one or a combination of the three tent stitches mentioned. Scroll down to find tutorials for the diagonal stitches in needlepoint.

This page is full of exciting free needlepoint patterns. Besides the typical needlepoint patterns, Bargello needlepoint patterns, based on lovely Bargello quilt designs, are also found by scrolling down.

Bargello has patterns that repeat over and over in two ways.  The sequence of colored yarn repeats throughout the piece of work, as does the basic design or line. 

There are Bargello needlepoint patterns to make lovely mini stockings, bell ornaments, and even an elegant Bargello needlepoint wallet. Check out these patterns below to see the unique movement found in Bargello needlepoint.

Plastic canvas work is also considered needlepoint.  There are cute plastic canvas patterns below.  To explore even more plastic canvas patterns and projects, please see our free plastic canvas project page.

Check out the links at the bottom of this page to explore needlepoint, this old needlework craft, that is experiencing a well-deserved resurgence!

35+ Free Needlepoint Patterns and Projects

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A Berry Holly-day ornament

With this free needlepoint pattern, this traditional holly berry ornament would be a great addition to your home this holiday season! Kreinik

Bargello Candles Stocking

With this free pattern make a charming Bargello mini-stocking. Caron Collection

Bargello Needlepoint Bell

The free Bargello pattern is a little more quirky with its modern asymmetrical pattern. Nuts About Needlepoint

Bargello Needlepoint Wallet

If you love Bargello, you will love this Bargello needlepoint wallet. Get the free pattern. Favecrafts

Bargello Pine Trees Stocking

At Caron Collection is a free bargello pattern for a mini pine tree stocking. Caron Collection

Blue Bird

This colorful bird with a mix of blue, yellow, white and green is a welcome garden visitor. Anchor Crafts

Candy Cane Needlepoint Ornament

This candy cane ornament will put you in the mood for this Christmas sweet! The DIY candy cane needlepoint pattern will be a welcome addition to your tree this holiday season. Kreinik

Christmas Tree Ornament

Create new family heirlooms for your tree or gifts for special friends with this free needlepoint Christmas tree ornament pattern. Kreinik

Doll House Pillow

Dress up your doll's house with this free needlepoint pattern pillow. Needlepoint Teacher

Dollhouse Needlepoint Patterns

Here you will find free needlepoint patterns, reproductions of antique rugs and pillows, by Natalia Frank at Dollhouse Needlepoint. The patterns are for personal use only. Dollhouse Needlepoint

Floral Bouquet

This is a sweet little free design. It can be finished as a dollhouse pillow, a framed project, or inset into an antique brooch. Great Mom gift! Kreink

Floral Tile

A free needlepoint design was adapted from a sampler from about 1650. The Caron Collection

Golden Evergreen Brooch

This DIY needlepoint tree pin is elegant and quick to stitch. Kreinik

Little Stars Frame

Twinkle, twinkle little stars picture frame tutorial. Kreink

Love Makes a House a Home

Use a continental tent stitch to stitch this cute needlepoint project. Kreinik

Love You Keyring

Love You Keyring

Do you need a quick DIY gift for someone special? Make this quick and fun keyring with plastic canvas. Free pattern and instructions.
This project can be completed in an evening. Staff

Minecraft Creeper Key Chain (Zipper Pull)

Minecraft Creeper Key Chain (Zipper Pull)

How to make a plastic canvas key chain. Learn how to make a Minecraft Creeper keychain or zipper pull. This is a quick and easy project that you can make from plastic canvas.

Mini Floral Needlepoint

This miniature floral needlepoint only measures about 3 1/2" long by 5/8" wide. It'll stitch up fast and can be made as a bookmark or dollhouse bell pull. Kreinik

Miniature Christmas Sampler

Tent stitch this classic Christmas sampler design to prepare for the holiday season. Kreinik

Minion Plastic Canvas Keyring

Minion Plastic Canvas Keyring

How to make a Minion Keyring with plastic canvas. This can also be used as a zipper pull.

Needlepoint Barrette

Step by step instructions below to finish your bow barrette kit. KC Needlepoint

Needlepoint Clutch

With a practical form and minimalist style, this free clutch design is gorgeous and simple to make. Purl Soho

Needlepoint Key Fob

Don't misplace keys anymore. Stitch up a needlepoint key fob for keys. Classic Southern Charm

Needlepoint Sampler

This sampler is a great way to learn a variety of decorating needlepoint stitches. Needlepoint Teacher

Patchwork Key Ring (Zipper Pull)

Patchwork Key Ring (Zipper Pull)

Learn how to make a patchwork keyring (zipper pull) with plastic canvas.

Patriotic Star PDF

Celebrate by creating this cute 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" patrotic star with this free needlepoint pattern. Rainbow Gallery

Scissor Fob or Pin Cushion

Here is a simple free needlepoint project to get started learning to needlepoint. Needlepoint Teacher

Silk Gauze Fairy

A delightful, delicate fairy design to needlepoint. Kreink

Snowflake Needlepoint Ornament

The DIY snowflake ornament is stitched with the basketweave needlepoint stitch. Get the free needlepoint pattern. Kreinik

Twisted Stitches

A free needlepoint chart. Neon Flamingo Designs

Ukrainian Egg

These individual needlepoint eggs are approximately 2? wide by 2.75? tall, and while they use basic stitches. Nuts About Needlepoint

Welcome Little Stranger

This free charming needlepoint pattern of a sheep and lamb scene. Caron Collection

Wreath Ornament

Create a new heirloom for your tree or gifts for special friends with this free needlepoint wreath ornament pattern. Kreinik

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