Not too long ago, we neared the end of our grand countdown of the Top 50 Children's Cross Stitch Kits. The patterns that stood out the most charming, adorable and fun to stitch were a mix of familiar faces and award winning design, but now it's time to line up the absolute best. In this final bumper instalment, we're going to count down numbers 20-1, having carefully sorted through the cross stitch kits that ranked amongst our most popular designs, ones loved by our own Cross Stitch Community and a tiny few of our own personal favourites. Can you guess who will be #1?

20 - Pauly Cross Stitch Kit

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One of the most adorable cross stitch patterns in the Anchor 1st range for children, Pauly the horse is bright, simple and even comes with a cute mount to frame this horse once he's all ready. With binca fabric for easy stitching, this is a great design for introducing young ones to the world of cross stitch.

19 - Golidlocks & The Three Bears 3D Pantomime House Kit

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Out of the many imaginative 3D cross stitch patterns from The Nutmeg Company, only this one can appeal to lovers of all children's stories. Capturing the story of Goldilocks & The Three Bears in a single model, as one of the delighted reviewers of this cross stitch kit noted, it makes a terrific gift for the grandchildren.

18 - Bottoms Up Cross Stitch Kit

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Capturing the joys of childhood in a simple, recognizable image, this excellently illustrated pattern by Anchor is a living room classic filled with all the cheek and mischief that comes hand in hand with childlike curiosity.

17 - Jemima Puddle-Duck & Peter Rabbit Cross Stitch Bookmark Kit

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Every child needs a familiar, literature-found character to join them on their reading adventurees. In this regard we simply couldn't pick between these two cross stitch bookmark kits from Anchor, instead we paired them together as they were surely meant to be.

16 - Toby Cross Stitch Kit

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Another fantastic 1st Series cross stitch pattern from Anchor, Toby the dog is the perfect best friend to take your little one through their first trip with a sewing needle. He's a colourful, cute companion that will take almost no time at all to complete.

15 - Alice in Wonderland Cross Stitch Kit

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Choosing just one pattern from the mesmerizing set of fairy tale cross stitch kits by Bothy Threads proved to be challenging to say the least, but in the end we thought it hard to go wrong with this colourful rendition of Alice in Wonderland. The design packs all the memorable elements of the story, and enhances them with a silhouetted image.

14 - Noah's Ark Birth Sampler Cross Stitch Kit

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There's few better patterns to choose to welcome a new member to your family (or that of a dear friend) than this Noah's Ark Birth Sampler Cross Stitch Kit. Packed with cute, cartoon animals arranged two by two, it's just perfect for the nursery or bedroom wall.

13 - Toy Shelf Birth Sampler Cross Stitch Kit 

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Immeasurably charming and delightfully simple, this birth sampler pattern can be that ideal finishing touch to a baby's room that both Mommy and Daddy have been searching for. A great gift to be treasured for many birthdays to come.

12 - Mirabelle Adrift Cross Stitch Kit

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From the same award-winning company who brought you the Gorjuss range of cross stitch kits, the Mirabelle Adrift pattern is dripping with imagination and imagery, and would make a great gift for teenage and young-adult cross stitchers.

11 - Sweet Dreams Cross Stitch Kit

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With the perfect bunch of pals to fall asleep with, this pattern by DMC is a lovely design with which to lull little ones to sleep with. Able to be personalised with a child's name, no naptime is complete without this delightful cross stitch kit.

10 - Baby Animals Birth Sampler Cross Stitch Kit

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We break into the top 10 by continuing the theme of fun animal friends, with this fun little pattern from Anchor. A baby birth sampler filled with smiling soft toy buddies, it's yet another wonderful way to welcome a new arrival into any family.

9 - Humphrey's Corner Birthday Candles Cross Stitch Kit

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Featuring the much loved character of Humphrey in his own cross stitch kit from Hunter Crafts, this pattern is designed to wish a child a most special birthday, with customisable space for their age and name.

8 - Are We There Yet? Cross Stitch Kit

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As you can read in our recent needlecraft product spotlight, Margaret Sherry's cross stitch kits have been a longtime favourite of the community. This particular pattern takes a fun-filled holiday drive, and boosts it to new lengths with her classic cast of animal characters.

7 - Frosty Children's Christmas Tapestry Kit

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Finding a Christmas gift that will excite and intrigue children about needlecraft aren't the easiest of finds, but it's a hunt made much easier with this simple kit from Anchor. Garbed in a charming hat and scarf, it's the perfect stocking filler for any potential needlecrafter.

6 - Forever Friends I Love You Starter Cross Stitch Kit

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The quintessential children's cross stitch kit for novice needlecrafters, the Forever Friends bears make the perfect companion to help those unsure how to use a sewing needle to find their form in no time.

5 - Snakes & Ladders 3D Cross Stitch Kit

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A children's cross stitch kit that isn't just decorative but practical too, this homemade Snakes & Ladders set from The Nutmeg Company lets you and/or your child put together every part of the game, from the board itself to the dice and markers.

4 - Tatty Teddy Brith Sampler Cross Stitch Kit

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Possibly the most charming of all our Tatty Teddy cross stitch kits, this birth sampler features the universally familiar bear with his own little teddy, ready to welcome a new baby boy or girl to their new home.

3 - Shaun The Sheep Cushion Chunky Cross Stitch Kit

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You probably guessed that Shaun the Sheep would make one final appearance in this countdown, but who could've predicted it'd be on such a fun and comfy looking cushion! The popular children's TV character would naturally look amazing when sewn onto a pillow for your bedroom, living room or any area with a sheepish persuasion!

2 - Baby Drawers Cross Stitch Kit Birth Record

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Eye-catching, hugely colourful and cute as can be, this pattern from Dimensions would look simply delightful when hung up to display on a baby's nursery or bedroom wall. A dream toybox filled with cuddly looking friends, we only wish such an amazing looking treasure trove of playthings really existed!

1 - Emily Button Birth Sampler Cross Stitch Kit

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We can think of no better friend to welcome a newborn babe than the ever lovely Emily Button. A colourful cross stitch birth sampler with button, buttons and lots of bright colours, it not only looks great, but gives all children a childhood friend from whom they can learn from as they grow older.

Well that's the end of another fun cross stitch kit countdown from Past Impressions! If there's any not on this list that you would like to see as honourable mentions, let us know at the Past Impressions Facebook page, Twitter and Google+.


Post By Graham Ashton