Nothing beats a handmade teacher gift to show your gratitude for a year well-taught. These adorable cross stitch Kawaii apples work up super quick, making them a perfect and thoughtful year-end gift.
If you want the kids to do the stitching, we have given you three different size options. The largest apple worked on fabric with bigger holes is appropriate for younger children, while the smaller versions would work for older kids.
Looking for more Kawaii cross stitch? No one does it better than The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. Check out their adorable patterns here.
- Free Kawaii apple cross stitch pattern (click for printable version)
- 8" x 8" piece of 6-count Herta fabric in ivory
- Cotton embroidery floss in red, green, brown and black. We used DMC 347, 704, 3031, and 310.
- Size 22 tapestry needle
- Embroidery scissors
- 5-inch wood embroidery hoop
Stitch the apple pattern using 6 strands of cotton embroidery floss. For basic how to cross stitch instructions, see our beginner's guide to cross stitch.
When you're done stitching, finish the piece in a 5" wood embroidery hoop. See this post for instructions on how to frame cross stitch in an embroidery hoop.
Other size options
For the smallest apple, use 2 strands of floss on 16-count Aida fabric and finish in a 3-inch wood embroidery hoop.