Free Patterns for Punch Needle Crafts

By Elly Turner
Whether you use yarn or ribbon, using free punch needle patterns is a thrifty way to craft gifts.

Whether you use contemporary or folk-art style patterns, free patterns can save money on your punch needle embroidery project. Many websites, whether popular magazine sites or individual crafter blogs, offer free patterns available for download so you can enjoy punch needle work less expensively.

Magazine and Crafting Websites

Often, free patterns for punch needle embroidery (or needle punch embroidery, alternatively) can be found at popular domestic magazine websites such as the one from "Better Homes and Gardens." These free patterns are often holiday-themed, featured as projects to use in home decor or as gifts. These punch needle patterns are available for download; if you already have the necessary materials, you can start immediately. If you subscribe to embroidery or crafting magazines, you may also have access to free patterns through your magazine subscription.

Crafter Blogs and Websites

Although it requires more research, and the quality of the free patterns may vary, many individual crafting blogs and websites feature free, downloadable punch needle embroidery patterns. These designs are usually ornamental and include children's motifs and projects beyond wall hangings to include popular punch needle rugs. Some sites offer free and paid patterns; pay attention to avoid paying for your craft patterns.

Local Crafting Clubs

Check regional websites for listings of civic groups and clubs that include crafters and embroiderers. Often, this close-knit community is willing to share patterns, tips, and instructions with beginners. Another benefit, local crafting groups also provide company if you like to work on projects while chatting with others.

About the Author

Since 2005, Elly Turner's articles, essays, reviews and interviews have appeared regularly online and in print publications such as "Risen" and "Good News" magazines. She also has an essay in "The Philosophy of Sherlock Holmes" from the University Press of Kentucky. She holds a Master of Arts in theological studies from Asbury Theological Seminary.