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While I was writing my post about how to machine embroider an applique, I decided it was time to put together a resource for fellow budget-minded embroidery enthusiasts on where to find free applique embroidery designs to use with your machine.
I scoured my favorite embroidery websites with freebies and checked many other sites I frequent to make this list. I’ve updated it toward the end of 2020, so if something has changed or you have a recommendation of another website to add, please let me know! There aren’t as many free machine embroidery applique designs out there as there are embroidery designs, but you’ll be able to add 200+ designs to your stash if you download all these applique freebies.
Also, if you like the free designs you download, consider purchasing designs in the future from these digitizers to continue supporting their work! Digitizing takes time and money, so it’s nice to financially support them so they can continue making quality design freebies and other paid designs. Anytime I can buy the perfect design for less than $5-$10 that would normally take me an hour or more to digitize myself…I’m sold!
11 Sites with Free Applique Designs for Machine Embroidery
I’ve linked to each of the sites below with a brief description of what you’ll find. Just click on the blue, underlined site name, and you’ll be taken to their free embroidery applique patterns. Make sure you know the file format for you embroidery machine so you can download the correct version. For example, since I have a Brother embroidery machine, I’ve downloaded these free applique embroidery designs in .pes format.
There are around 18 free embroidery applique designs on Planet Applique that are cute, fun, and easy to stitch. If you like to embroider onesies, the baby tuxedo applique is precious! The princess hat applique would also look so cute paired with a girl’s name for extra personalization.
Applique Alley also has a nice selection of over 50 freebies. There are a few holiday freebies and then a lot of frames and borders, which are always nice when monogramming! The newer designs are much cuter than some of the very first freebies, which look to be over 5 years old.
The above link will take you to their free applique downloads page. There are 23 REALLY cute designs. A few of these are not applique designs but rather embroidery designs, but hey, a free design’s a free design, right? My favorite of these is the LOVE script applique. It would look so cute on a fun Valentine’s hand towel, I think.
Creative Appliques has around 10 free applique patterns for your embroidery machine. My favorite is the rounded raggy bean stitch cross applique. It’s always fun finding applique designs that veer from the traditional satin stitch outline. There are also nice applique monogram frames if you like to monogram.
Sign up for their email too, as they regularly have sales discounting designs to as low as $1. SO worth it for super cute applique designs.
Here, you’ll find close to 25 free machine embroidery applique designs. Most of them are applique animals. No account or personal information is required to download the designs! Don’t be deterred by the awkward applique fabric the digitizer used in the designs. They won’t stitch out plaid, as this is where you’ll place your own applique fabric.
This is my favorite website to get free appliques from, but sometimes I have difficulty with my login. I’m not sure if it’s my password saver on my end or something with their site. However, this it the perfect place to find free Disney appliques, free Paw Patrol appliques, Batman applique and so many more cute character and animal appliques! If you see a red ribbon on the top left of a design, that means it’s a premium (paid) design, so you’ll have to join their club to download those.
Designs by Juju has 9 free applique patterns right now. While some like the flowerbunch and Easter belle are definitely for girls, I like how many of these appliques will also work for boys! To download, you do have to create an account and supply personal information.
The one caveat of downloading from this website is you can only download 3 images per week unless you make a purchase. When you get to this page, just click “Appliques” under categories, and you’ll see the 20+ designs available. There are lots of cute animal appliques and Christmas appliques, especially.
There are 8 free simple appliques available on this page. There are two suns, a smiley face, flower, and an anchor applique among the set. No personal information needed to download!
While not the most extensive selection of free applique designs, there are several cute ones to download! I’m looking forward to making my daughters “Hooray! It’s the LAST day of school!”shirts when the school year is over. Their “Jesus is the reason for the season” applique design would also be perfect for embroidering on tea towels and gifting to Christian neighbors and friends for Christmas this year!
There are two free applique designs here: A Mickey mouse head and a Minnie Mouse bow. These are great for personalizing embroidery gifts for babies. If you browse through the website, you’ll also find tons of cute applique and fill-stitch embroidery designs you can purchase.
You’ll have to browse through all their designs, but there are several free applique design sets. A few of them have crooked or awkward satin stitch lines, so just make sure you’ve examined the design in your software or test stitched before appliqueing an expensive embroidery blank!
You’ll have to scroll through all the freebies to find the free applique designs, but several of them are worth the hunt! The summer ice cream cone and elephant appliques are my favorite!
Any Other Great Applique Freebies I Missed?
I’m always looking to add great designs to my embroidery library, and I’d love to hear if you know any other sites that offer quality downloads. And if you’re a freebie lover like me, check out these other post compilations for more freebie embroidery deals to get you started on your next embroidery journey!
- 1000+ Embroidery Machine Designs: My Favorite Websites
- Where to Download Free .BX Embroidery Fonts
- Where to Download Free and Paid In-the-Hoop Designs
- Websites with Free Christmas Embroidery Designs