The DIY Stitch People Book includes designs and patterns for adult and child hairstyles, clothing styles, and dogs and cats of many breeds, as well as DMC color suggestions, illustrations and examples to help make your cross-stitch family portrait look just right! With 105 pages of designs and instructions, you’re sure to find the perfect combination for your personalized portrait!

What our fans are saying

“I love love LOVE the book! This book has created a monster!” -Jessica J.

“This is one of the best stitching books I have ever purchased!” -Tara R.

“I love this book! Worth every penny! She has covered everything so well, I can make anyone I like!” -Bridget R.

Book Specifics

The physical book is 8.5″W x 11″H, and spiral bound for easy use. The E-Book is a normal PDF file that can be read on tablets, mobile devices, e-readers enabled to view PDF’s, laptop and desktop computers. The E-Book PDF and physical book are identical.

The book contains:

What dog breeds are included?

Between the book and the Extras page (available to book purchasers), we have patterns for the following dog breeds:

  • Airedale Terrier
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Beagle
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Bichon Frise
  • Blood Hound
  • Border Collie
  • Boxer
  • Brittany Spaniel
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chow Chow
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Collie
  • Corgi
  • Dachshund
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • English Bulldog
  • French Bulldog
  • German Shepherd
  • Golden Retriever
  • Great Dane
  • Greyhound
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Labradoodle
  • Mastiff
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Pomeranian
  • Poodle, Large
  • Poodle, Small
  • Rottweiler
  • Samoyed
  • Shetland
  • Shih Tzu
  • Siberian Husky
  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • “Generic” Dog patterns

What about shipping?

Shipping to all areas within the United States is included in the price of the book. International shipping is calculated in real-time during checkout.

If I buy the physical book, when will I receive it?

Orders are typically processed within 24 hours, thanks to our devoted shipping team (my mom)! Orders are shipped via USPS. Upon fulfillment, you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Shipping will take anywhere from 3 – 7 days depending on your proximity to Stitch People’s “home base” in Utah.

If I buy the e-book, how and when will I receive it?

Your digital download link will be sent to you immediately via the email address you provide during the checkout process. After purchasing the e-book, you’ll receive two emails from Stitch People. The first email will be a confirmation of your order, and the second email will have the subject line “Your Stitch People download.” This second email will contain a link towards the bottom of the body of the email which is unique to you and your purchase. Clicking on this link will take you to a webpage where you must then click “Download Now” to download the Stitch People e-book to your device.

Can I buy the DIY Stitch People book in stores?

Not yet. Because the book is self-published, we don’t have the immediate benefit of a wide distribution network. We’re working hard to make the book available to as many people as possible (we ship anywhere in the world)!

Concerned? Allow me to help.

Most other cross-stitch patterns or books you may purchase offer one – maybe a handful – of pre-set patterns. This book offers literally millions of portrait combinations for you to create characters and families of all types, reflecting the look of just about anyone you know. It walks you through making your own decisions about colors and color combinations to get everyone’s look and feel just right. Not only does it contain hundreds of designs, it instructs you how to create your own patterns and transfer your ideas to the fabric, to lovingly create family heirlooms that have more meaning than what I jokingly refer to as “kittens in baskets” or “ABC teddy bear” patterns. This book offers A LOT more creativity on your part, and MANY more options than your typical craft book. You’ll be able to create gifts for loved ones for years to come. It’s the book that keeps on giving!

In addition, with each portrait you create, the “cost” of the book decreases. Think of it this way – it feels like it costs $49 for your first portrait, but that cost quickly becomes $24.50 per portrait/pattern after completing your second. When you finish your third portrait, each of those three patterns now costs only $16 each, and your fourth, fifth and sixth family portrait patterns cost $12.25, $10.00, and $8, respectively. Not bad prices for heirloom-quality, priceless gift giving!! And, having stitched over 300 portraits myself, I can tell you they’re ADDICTING, get faster to complete, and never fail to please the gift recipient. (In my case, each of my 300 patterns has now cost, essentially, $0.16 per pattern. Yes. Sixteen cents.)

With your purchase, you will also receive access to patterns that have been created since the publication of the book, as well as customer service which I strive to keep happy, helpful and swift!

Add a Cross-Stitch Starter Kit


With a section dedicated to Cross Stitching 101, this book is perfect for brand new cross stitchers. Add a Cross-Stitch Starter Kit to your book order for the complete package, and save time so you don’t have to compile all your cross-stitching materials yourself! With the DIY Stitch People and this kit, you’ll have everything you need to create your own Stitch People portrait!

The Cross-Stitch Starter Kit Includes:

To Download the Stitch People Character Design Template (as seen in the book), click here.