Custom Stitch People Pattern


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Interested in stitching your very own, personalized Stitch People portrait but NOT interested in designing it yourself? Let us help! We’ll be happy to design a customized Stitch People portrait pattern for your own family, according to the details you provide.

What to Expect


The PDF you’ll receive will have a chart of your cross-stitch pattern along with DMC floss color assignments/recommendations for each element in your portrait. As with any counted cross-stitch pattern, simply identify the center of your fabric and the center of your pattern, choose a starting point, and begin!

Please note, the PDF pattern will contain no instructions about how to cross-stitch, how to do special stitches, or how to complete your portrait, and we offer no instructional support. This product is intended for ready-to-go stitchers who aren’t ready-to-go designers (don’t worry, we totally understand!)

You can find our Cross Stitch 101 guide here if you are a beginner, and can find more ideas and instruction on our blog, like 3 Non-Essential Stitches you may find useful, or 3 Different Hairstyles for your Stitch People.

How Long Does Designing Take?

We will need around 10 business days from when we receive details from you (more about that below). During that time, we’ll correspond if we have questions, and give you a chance to provide some feedback (more about that below).

What Stitch People Needs From You

After purchasing, you’ll receive an email from us with a number of questions we’ll need answers to in order to get going on your pattern. The information we’ll need includes a detailed description of each character, preferred order of characters, the kind of text you’d like beneath the characters, as well as photos of each character to ensure a better likeness and capturing of important details. The successful design of your custom pattern is dependent up on the detail you provide us at this point!

Will Stitch People Make Changes to the Pattern?

Working with our designer, you’ll have one opportunity to provide one round of edits and/or feedback. However, please keep in mind the limitations of Stitch People portraits (characters are max 1 inch wide by around 2 inches tall), and the fact that digital representations of the pattern do not reflect the warmth, detail, and finished look of a fully-completed, stitched portrait.

Also, you’re not beholden to the pattern once you receive it. If you see something you’d like to change in the pattern as you’re stitching it, simply make the change on the fly – we’ll never know! 🙂

How Many Characters Do You Have?

A “character” is considered anything other than a babe-in-arms. A child, adult, pet, or stand-alone baby of any size or style is considered it’s own character. Yes, size may differ but details often make up for the size differences!

Accessories of large sizes are also considered an additional character. Anything the size of a baby or larger: musical instruments, bicycles, skateboards, etc.

Examples: Two adults and a babe-in-arms is considered two characters. Two adults and a dog is considered three characters. Two adults, one holding a saxophone, and a child sitting on the ground is considered four characters (but if that adult were holding a flute, it would be considered three characters because a flute isn’t larger than a baby).

What are Your Options?

At the bottom of each portrait we usually include text. This is most often a family name and a date of some kind, or a short family motto. The top line of text is usually always bigger or bolder in some way than the bottom line. See images to reference each of the text options.

  1. Basic Text: A sans-serf, block-style text wherein the top line is bolder than the bottom line
  2. Light Font Options: This font would be used for the top line of text. A coordinating, less-bold or potentially smaller font will be chosen by our designer for the second line of text.
  3. Bold Font Options: This font would be used for the top line of text. A coordinating, less-bold or potentially smaller font will be chosen by our designer for the second line of text.
  4. XL Cursive Text: This font adds a great level of pizzazz and would be used for the family name only to emphasize it. Any other words would be stitched in a clean, complimentary text style and arranged in a logical way.