How to draw cross stitch patterns

Easily draw cross stitch patterns on your iPhone or iPad. This guide gives you an overview of the process using the Stitchly app.

Step 1: Choose a pattern size

To get started, choose the size of your pattern. You can always change this later.

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When you’re ready, press the next arrow at the top right of the screen to go to the next step.

Step 2: Draw your pattern

Simply zoom in and tap to start drawing your pattern (or use the paintbrush tool).

Trace over images

To show an image in the background, press the image button. You can trace over the image or use it as a reference when drawing your pattern.

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Use editing tools

There is also a complete set of editing tools for you to use:

  • Change palette
  • Colour picker
  • Eraser
  • Paintbrush
  • Replace colour
  • Fill colour
  • Stitch type (backstitch etc)
  • Cut
  • Copy
  • Mirror
  • Rotate
  • Add text
  • Insert pattern

Step 3: All done! 🎉

You can now export your pattern or track your progress in the app.

  • Play button – Track your progress in the app.
  • Export button – Export your pattern as a PDF, image or Stitchly File. You can also print your pattern from this menu.

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