The best cross stitch kits for children | London Evening Standard



he summer vacation is fast approaching and like all parents, you are probably looking for activities to keep your children the time.

During the lockdown period, childcare has been more complicated than ever as you try to juggle your full-time job with school closures – and the end of the term adds an additional element of difficulty to navigate.

When your little one isn’t spending the day in Zoom lessons, reduce their screen time with creative activities like cross stitch.

One of the oldest forms of embroidery, it can give a real sense of accomplishment once the design is created and will leave them with a brightly colored wall hanging.

We’ve rounded up kid-friendly sets that contain everything they’ll need, including fun and colorful designs, safe embroidery, linen and yarn, and easy-to-follow instructions.

Beginner’s cross stitch transport kit

Let their creativity run wild with this ultimate cross stitch set that’s packed with all the essentials. In the carrying case – perfect for keeping your little ones busy on the move – you’ll find plenty of cross stitch fabrics, yarn, felt and dozens of inspiring designs to recreate. It also has instructions on how to make designs for phone cases, bookmarks, and pictures to hang on the wall.

Galt Toys cross stitch case

In this handy travel case you will find patterns and materials to create a multitude of adorable designs to encourage them to create keepsakes. It features a butterfly on a pillow to display in your bedroom, an owl you can frame, a hanging heart you can fill with perfume, a flower case, and a book with a cupcake design.

Baker Ross Insect Coloring Cross Stitch Kits

Start their interest in the art of cross stitch with this set of five insect patterns specially designed for beginners. Your little one can personalize them by coloring or painting them in vivid hues and then embellishing them with a cross stitch detail.

Galt first cross stitch

Get them made and get away from the TV and iPad with this set that contains yarn, fabric, colorful foam and more to make key chains, notepads, picture frames and more with easy to follow instructions.

4M cross stitch

This beginner’s set will help your kids master cross stitch with thread and patterns to create tote bags, pen holders or coasters with playful patterns. This one is best for older kids around 10 and up.

Pencil Case Cross Stitch Kits

This pencil case design set is a win, a win. This will allow them to create a fun and vibrant pattern with a variety of rainbow yarns while also creating a new way for them to store their stationery.

Cross stitch kit for animals

With this pack of eight animals, your little ones can use the colored yarn provided to create their outfits. The instructions are super simple and the designs can be as complicated as you want to suit all age groups.

Monkey – Cross stitch kit

This adorable cross stitch monkey will look so sweet after being sewn and hung on the wall. While it may seem quite advanced, the instructions and color chart provided make it easier than it looks.

Baker Ross Unicorn Wooden Cross Stitch Kit

This five-pack of unicorns is made from wood to ensure durability and stand the test of time whether you plan to reuse them or add them to your Christmas ornament collection. Your children can embellish the design with the colorful yarn provided.

Football – Cross stitch kit

This simple football inspired cross stitch design will provide hours of fun for your kids. For football fans, it will fit perfectly as a wall hanging among the rest of their collection.


Contained in a practical carrying case, the Beginner’s cross stitch transport kit by John Lewis has everything you need to stimulate your children’s interest in the art of embroidery. It has simple, easy-to-follow instructions and lots of different projects to keep them busy.


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