Some days, crafting just makes sense. Not only do you (hopefully) make a beautiful final product to put on display, but the process itself can be a stress reliever. In fact, Michael’s found that 49% of Americans use crafts as a coping mechanism during difficult— albeit, stressful — times. Since it can be overwhelming to learn something new, turn to these cross-stitch kits for beginners if you’re looking for a creative way to bring much-needed relief. These kits, which are either kid-friendly or adult-approved, come with everything you need to create eye-catching designs, including embroidery hoops, cloth pieces, needles, and thread in different colors. Most of them have the patterns — whether it’s a bouquet of flowers, cartoon characters, or welcome phrases — printed directly on the cloth, allowing you to stitch directly on it like a stencil.
In some cases, these Amazon and Etsy finds are labeled as “embroidery kits,” but they call for the same cross-stitch method. FYI: Cross-stitch is a type of embroidery that uses uses x-shaped stitches (hence the name) and a tiled pattern to create a specific image. Because it’s more concise and counted, the end result has a more boxy look as opposed to other popular types of embroidery like needlepoint.
Now that you know the basics, browse through these best-selling, top-rated craft kits until you find one that catches your eye.
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Easy to Customize
Embroidery Starter Kit
Made Specifically for Kids
My 1st Cross-Stitch Kit
While they learn the basics of cross-stitch, they’ll unveil a mystical unicorn, which can be stitched in the thread colors of their choice. When it’s complete, they can tie a piece of string through the plastic loop and attach it to a gift bag, Christmas tree, or another spot in need of some magic.
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Easy-to-Follow Stamped Option
Stamped Cross-Stitch Kit
An adorable woodland scene is printed directly on this 9″ x 9″ cloth, so you can see exactly what you’re stitching as you move from one color to the next.
Hanging Plant Cross-Stitch Kit
This pattern may look too intricate for your skill level, but it’s surprisingly simple to stitch: There is subtle colored outline on the cloth, so you can follow along. And if you get lost, just refer to the accompanying booklet, complete with step-by-step instructions.
Best Value (If You Really Want to Commit)
3-Pack Cross-Stitch Starter Kit
If you prefer to have options (say, cacti versus flowers), then get more bang for your buck with this three-piece set. It comes with all the necessary tools, including three cloth pieces printed with a subtle outline for you to follow.
Minnie Mouse Counted Cross-Stitch Kit
Disney fans of all ages will be able to tackle this small — or shall we say, minnie — craft. Along with its recognizable design, this kid-friendly kit only includes three thread colors, making it practically foolproof.
For Something Modern
Custom Text Cross-Stitch Kit
Send this Etsy seller a short phrase — “Welcome home,” for example — and they’ll create a custom pattern for you to bring to life with thread colors that match your space.
Floral Stamped Cross-Stitch Kit
Working with a bigger canvas may work in your favor, especially if the tiny stitches are hard on your eyes. While the colors of the daises are pretty muted, the pre-printed canvas makes it easy to know what’s what.
For a Counted Approach
Pastel Rainbow Heart Cross-Stitch Kit
Let the rainbow’s pattern lead the way by counting stitches from red to purple (or the other way around) until a heart is formed. If you lose your way, just count your stitches according to the kit’s directions, and pick up where you left off.
“Home Sweet Home” Cross-Stitch Starter Kit
This embroidery kit almost hits intermediate territory, but it’s simple enough for anyone if you follow the directions to a tee. When it’s complete, you can blot the cloth with water to remove the printed pattern, if it’s still visible through the thread.
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