Do-It-Yourself Stitch People (2nd Edition)

Mix-and-match (then customize!) our hundreds of pattern elements so that every portrait you make is completely unique! If you’re a regular crafter or stitcher, this is one of the best investments you can make!    

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What do I use Stitch People for?

  1. Create heirloom-quality, thoughtful gifts for your loved ones
  2. Learn a new hobby, (or re-learn what your grandma taught you to do decades ago)
  3. Do a fun project for your summer vacation
  4. Have a hand-made Christmas, or other holiday
  5. Tackle a bite-sized cross-stitch project instead of a behemoth
  6. Relive old, fond memories by immortalizing them in cross-stitch

I’ll walk you through every aspect of how to design, prepare, stitch, and even frame your very own, personalized cross-stitch family portraits to give away as gifts for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and other big life events! After designing and stitching over 500 unique portraits, I’ve compiled all my tips and tricks into one, easy-to-use book with mix and match templates!

The 2nd Edition of “Do-It-Yourself Stitch People” is great for all skill levels, from complete beginners to advanced stitchers!

Note: You can feel confident buying now! There are no plans to create or release a 3rd Edition of “Do-It-Yourself Stitch People.” Any additional content will be released in supplemental pattern collections or pattern books. Have fun!!

What’s included?

  1. Excellent book usability: Color- and symbol-coded tab system, detailed table of contents, extensive glossary, blank character design pages
  2. How-to’s: cross-stitching, special stitches, curly hair, straight hair, lace techniques, patterned clothing techniques, tattoos, and more
  3. Mix-and-match cross-stitch patterns/designs for:
    1. Women’s and men’s hairstyles, heads, clothing, and bodies
    2. Babies (sitting, being held, strollers, high chairs, cribs, etc.)
    3. Multiple children’s body sizes, head shapes, and hairstyles
    4. Pets: cats, dogs, various other small pets
      1. Over 40 dog breeds and 15 cat breeds (see the FAQ page for the full list of breeds)
    5. Accessories: countless options like purses, sports items, bouquets, eyeglasses, and more, including wheelchairs, crutches, walkers and canes
  4. Sixteen (16) alphabet / font styles
  5. DMC color recommendations for skin tones (light, medium, dark hues), hair colors (blonde, brown, red, black, gray), and denim
  6. Materials descriptions and checklist for easy shopping lists
  7. Many example patterns to inspire your creativity
  8. Photos of over 90 unique, stitched custom portraits for inspiration: most photos submitted by Stitch People fans, like you!
  9. Tutorials for two different framing options (frame and hoop)

Available anywhere in the world

Please be aware that international orders may take a little extra time to be processed in addition to the longer shipping time. Depending on the destination, international orders can take several weeks to be delivered. Any customs fees charged will be your responsibility.

You can order the DIY book no matter where you live! We accept payments from anywhere in the world. All transactions are completed in USD, and you are charged whatever the current exchange rate is at the time of purchase. Shipping is calculated in real-time on the checkout page.

Why buy the book instead of jumping in on your own?

With this being the second edition of “Do-It-Yourself Stitch People,” you’ll benefit from the experiences of literally thousands of other cross-stitchers who have created cross-stitch family portraits. We took their ideas and opinions into account very seriously as we created this second edition. Thus, the instructions, tips, tricks, details, and patterns in this book will save you hours of trial and error on your own, and will give you an incredible foundation upon which your own creativity can build.

Details about the book

Physical Book: 192 pages, 8.5″W x 11″H, spiral bound (so it lays flat!), matte-finish cover
Author: Lizzy Dabczynski-Bean
ISBN: 978-0-9988236-2-1

Shipping to the EU and UK?

Customers shipping to the UK or EU countries should be aware that VAT is NOT paid during checkout. This means that additional fees or duties may be incurred which could result in additional cost and/or delays in the receipt of your item. Before purchase, contact your country’s customs officials to make sure you are aware of any additional duties or fees that may affect your purchase.


310 reviews for Do-It-Yourself Stitch People (2nd Edition)

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  1. I just received my PDF version of the Do it yourself stitch people and my mind is blown. I’m a very new beginner and have trouble reading patterns in the kits I’ve bought, but this book has made it a lot easier to stitch! Thank you for this blessing!

  2. This is one of the BEST purchases I have made! I love crosstitch, but never designed my own. This book took me out of my comfort zone and showed me I could do it! The instructions are clear and easy to understand and you’ll be so happy with the results! I 100% recommend!!

  3. Lizzy es incredible explica muy bien y te da ideas muy buenas. Me gustaria que hiciera los libros en español 🙏🙌 para una mejor comprencion gracias.

  4. I love being able to use this to make personalised gifts for friends and family. It has so many useful tips, I don’t know where I’d be without it!

  5. I am 69 and heading for a depressing winter. I really think this will hit JUST what I need!!!

  6. This book is absolutely incredible. The instructions are so clear and so thorough that you could make a portrait even if you’ve never picked up a needle before. The design of the book makes it easy to sort through and keep track of all your pattern choices, and the patterns themselves look great. This book is a great investment because I know I will be making Stitch People portraits for friends and family for years to come!

  7. The price is something I see commented a lot. And I get it. But squeezing it into my budget was the best thing I did. It’s so so good. It not only gives you the tools and confidence, as well as the patterns to create your (or someone else’s) family but helps you with your skills to build on it! I have this book on both physical and digital and utilize them both. All. The. Time.

  8. Just got my book,cant wait to create!

  9. I am so glad I purchased, It was a lot of money for me but I have been able to really up my cross stitch skills!

  10. Very beautifully designed. Wish there were more animals. Well worth the money.

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