Embroidery Sites for Free Awareness Designs

I periodically stitch for charity fund raising and one of the organizations I support is the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. I’ve shared some of these pictures on here before, but they do help highlight what you can stitch

Awareness Charm Earrings for fundraiser batch 2

Many machine embroidery design companies offer sample designs or regular freebies for you to try out. Here is a list I’ve created of machine embroidery companies that offer free Awareness designs. With a solid color ribbon, you can download any awareness ribbon design and just substitute your thread color. Even if you can’t edit, you can switch out your thread spool. There are some specific two color designs, although there are fewer of those for free. There are autism puzzle free designs as well.

Earrings lg awareness

Many sites require you to sign up/register with an email address before you can download the free files.

If you need help determining the color of ribbon for what you choose to support, Wikipedia has a good reference:



Ann the Gran
Heart with ribbon on it

Butterfly with word HOPE

Apex Embroidery fonts
Autism awareness
applique split awareness ribbon

Apex has added more (ribbon with flowers, give cancer the boot), best to scroll through their free design pages.

Artistic Thread Works
A multi colored Ribbon representing all the Cancer organizations signature colors, 4 different designs
Monkey with ribbon

A Time to Stitch
6 designs on Freebies page – includes troop support and red white and blue ribbons in addition to cancer awareness, just scroll down

Baby Kay’s Appliques
Smock look 3 ribbons

Craftsy Embroidery
Awareness mug rug
Ribbon Heart
Ribbon with hearts on it

Creative Machine Embroidery 
Stitched ribbons

Criswell Embroidery and Design
ITH ribbon bookmark – bottom of page
Criswell FSL earrings and charm – Halfway down the page – I’ve used both sizes for earrings

Designs in Machine Embroidery

Embroidery Designs

Embroidery Library Inc.
Butterfly of Hope

EMS Cross Stitch

Embroidery Online (OESD)
This may only be free in October of each year, 5 designs

Fill stitch in 3 sizes
Double applique Ribbon design

GG Designs Embroidery
Awareness tree

Hyfi’s House
Several here – just scroll past the first for purchase one to the free listings

JHB at Oregon – pretty set of ribbon with phrases of hope http://www.oregonpatchworks.com/collections.php?id=jhb

Just Sew Pretty
Infant loss applique ribbon with foot prints

Just Sew Sandy and Debora – filled butterfly ribbon

Lynnie Pinnie
Two Color in two sizes

Pamelas Embroidery
Lots of filled designs also a couple of quilting blocks

Sadia Sews –
Free ribbon designs – all are FSL
FSL with hearts, has a hanging loop
Cancer Dedication Bracelets


(the wings in this pic are a purchased design from Stitch Delight)

Save the Hooters owl – bottom of page

Simon Haskins
(Jenny Haskins son, both well known digitizers) has leukemia and there’s a FB page with free files (files tab) with multiple different designs (to go on fabric) that people are making quilt blocks for leukemia awareness fundraising – for ribbon, pick your color and you’re all set.

Sonia Showalter –
FSL Ribbon with Rose
FSL Angel with Ribbon

Stitch it Cheap
Save the Hooters filled and redwork files http://www.stitchitcheap.com/index.php?rt=product%2Fproduct&product_id=478

Sulky Embroidery Club http://www.sulkyembclub.com/designs.aspx?cid=1&scid=36&pt=4

Swak Embroidery
Mini Autism heart and ribbon (or stitch in one color) http://www.swakembroidery.com/info/free/SWAK_op_FREEAutismAwareness_2Deisgns.htm

Autism Awareness

The Country Needle
Two color or one color FSL

I checked all the links on May 6, 2016. There are also many companies that will offer free designs in concert with October Breast Cancer Awareness – some of these are temporary and go for purchase or disappear before the end of the year. This may not be a complete list as designs are always being put up and down – but it is more than enough to get you started if you have a cause you’d like to stitch an attractive embroidery design for. There are also many beautiful embroidery awareness designs for sale.

Doggie Bandanas

Doggie bandanas – my sister’s pooch advertises upcoming activities on his walks. Apex offered the Relay design on his old site, the American Cancer Society site did say in copyright that if you don’t sell items you may use their design for promoting local Relay for Life activities. Contact Apex to see if he’ll offer it. The appliqué was a freebie from Embroidery Boutique that also is not currently offered but I’d expect we’ll see in October again.


Purchased designs I’ve used include the heart wings design (above) and butterfly wings awareness design from Ace Points

IMG_6492 - Version 2

and (with colors changed and text added) the Awareness Rose from Embroidery Librarythe Cancer Awareness bracelet  as a bookmark


and Celebrate Life also from Embroidery Library (each only $1USD and beautiful). The person wanted a check box with “other” as signing in on Relay and such, the non-pink cancers (in this case teal for ovarian) check “other”.

For those of you with cutting machines (Scan n Cut, Silhouette ..) Apex’s Cuttable Designs has a set of 5 free cuttable awareness ribbons with wings http://apexembdesigns.com/cuttables/product/pink-ribbon-cuttable-design and free Give cancer the boot designs http://apexembdesigns.com/cuttables/product/give-cancer-boot-cuttable-designs.  

If you’d like more photos, check out my Flickr feed.

2 comments on “Embroidery Sites for Free Awareness Designs

  1. […] different lists of free sites (like my post with all the awareness and awareness ribbon designs here). One of the popular requests in the group was for military […]

  2. Carolyn says:

    This is so awesome. Thank you for sharing!

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