All of our free PDF Cross Stitch Patterns in one place!

If you’re familiar with Subversive Cross Stitch at all you know that we love to create and share free patterns whenever we can. We’re big believers in encouraging everyone to slow down and make something and if our free patterns can be a gateway drug to more stitching in your life you know we’re here for it. You can find every free cross stitch pattern we have ever created right here. That’s over 25 free patterns! Here’s some of what you’ll find there:

Sure the pandemic is starting to slow down and we’re all coming out of our houses more now. But do we really need to? Seems like staying home may still be the best strategy and this pattern feels timeless. Just relax and home and don’t answer the door!

Ruth Bader Ginsberg was an icon and a legend and we’re still not over the fact that she’s gone. This RBG cross stitch pattern pays tribute to this amazing woman who spent her lifetime fighting the good fight for all of us. A sweet reminder.

Another woman we tend to celebrate a lot around here is Amy Sedaris. If you haven’t watched her latest show At Home with Amy Sedaris what are you waiting for? She’s a comedy genius and Ronnie Vino is one of our favorite characters on the show. Here’s a clip so you can see for yourself why we had to make a Ronnie Vino cross stitch pattern. BONUS: Amy herself accepted our offer of the finished piece and it now resides in her home with her rabbits!

You’ll also find free font patterns, an optical illusion snake pattern, and as always some fun snarky reminders.

Go get ’em!

New Halston Patterns – Pick Your Palette!

Halston Cross Stitch Patterns

Surely you’re watching the new Netflix miniseries about Halston, right? I’ve been jotting down little bon mots from the show because they inspire new patterns (I wonder how Halston would feel about being immortalized in cross stitch?). And since Halston would definitely want you to have choices I made this pattern in both Spring or Fall 1970s palettes for you to choose from. Both available in our PDF shop now! ❤️

Spring palette–very carefree in Paree!

Fall palette–for shopping trips in NYC.

There’s sure to be more quotes soon… stay tuned!

Collaboration with THE Bloggess!

Oh man, I am such a fan of Jenny Lawson aka The Bloggess. Her blog is just the most wonderful, and her books are even better! I got to read an advance copy of her new book, Broken (in the best possible way), and I absolutely relished it. I laughed so hard my face hurt. Which is saying a lot, not many books really captivate me, but this one is a pretty dang perfect match. If you like Subversive Cross Stitch humor, you’ll definitely like Jenny’s writing!

Not only did Jenny author a great book, she also stitched FIVE patterns we designed just for her–they’re quotes from the book, too! If you want to win a Deluxe Kit, a stitched piece from Jenny or some free PDF patterns, here’s how to enter the sweepstakes!

Together, We’re Feeding America

I’m SO PLEASED to announce that, together, we provided 12,000 meals to Feeding America! We donated 15% of our profits from Black Friday weekend (4 days) and added a little extra. Since we sent the money in today–on Giving Tuesday–our donation of 6,000 meals has been matched and doubled! THANK YOU!

The Feeding America network provides over 4.3 billion meals annually, helping 1 in 7 Americans facing hunger live more secure and stable lives. Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. Thanks to donations, the Feeding America network of food banks, pantries and meal programs serve virtually every community in the United States — 40 million people, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors.

There’s more! You may have noticed the Round Up For Charity option at checkout, where you can donate a dollar or more. This will also benefit Feeding America, but on an ongoing basis–we’ll keep it up year-round! Last weekend, 217 of you donated for a total of 2136 MORE meals. That goes directly to Feeding America through the app. Pretty cool!

I hope you feel the joy of giving. Read more about Feeding America here and give a little more if you’re so inclined. Happy Holidays!

VOTE VOTE VOTE

What do we want? CHANGE! How do we get it? VOTE! (that’s one way, anyway) Vote EVERY election because change starts locally and becomes global. Two versions of this pattern are available as FREE PDFs, kits and kit/frame combos.

UPDATE: Two new free versions of this pattern with ADDED F-BOMB for EMPHASIS!

This is a take on an old political slogan in case you don’t recognize the vague reference, which explains my word choice. In this global community, what we do in the US makes a difference in the world (just as what other countries do influences us). Just look how the decisions of the current US administration have affected people across the globe. We must do better. So…VOTE! And don’t miss local elections. All of them. Please. xo

Free PDF: Optical Illusion Snake!


This may not look like much, but check out what it does when placed on a turntable: 

This pattern is meant to be stitched, put on a piece of cardboard with a hole punched in the middle. Then, you just pop it on your turntable and GO! What you’ve got right there is one-a’ them thar optical illusion snakes. Follow me into the depths of madness, will you? ;p

I’ve had this project shelved many times because I actually stitched it so it went in the wrong direction (IMAGINE my disappointment!). Luckily, I’ve corrected the pattern for you and it’s a FREE PDF!

That’s just all kinds of quarantine fun. Be sure to share your turntable skillz on Instagram with the hashtag #subversivecrossstitch

And check out the Supplies section if you need, y’know, supplies. Have fun!

Isolation Update: Free PDF!


Are you ready for some serious fun? Here’s how to put together our Isolation Update: No Pants kit, available as a free PDF, a Basic or Deluxe Kit and a Combo Kit with frame!

The above kits come with everything you need so you don’t have to leave the house (don’t you DARE!). But if you’re going to use the free PDF pattern, you will need the following supplies: Fabric, embroidery floss, needles, hoop at the very least. If you’re trying to do this all free, you could probably use tape and not even frame it, but keep the extra numbers handy.

These instructions will help you with the PDF or the kits of this therapeutic design!

PLEASE NOTE: I initially made a larger pattern—your stitched area will look smaller than these images!

1. Since you’ll be stitching all of this on one piece of fabric, make SURE you start in the center of the fabric and work your way out. Please note that your image will be a little smaller in dimensions (I changed the pattern after stitching). Also, I know my letters are uneven—that’s okay, you’ll be cutting them!

 

2. Once you’re done stitching (see previous instructions on back of pattern), figure out where you will cut the numbers. Water-erase pens are a great way to do this if you’ve got one (if not, we sell ‘em).

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We’re Shipping As Usual

Even though things are far from normal right now, our job is to keep your spirits afloat as much as we can through the therapeutic pastime of cross stitch! We’ll be offering more free PDF patterns, and we’re shipping pretty quickly. We started self-isolating on March 9th because we’re being extremely careful in hopes that we’ll get to see my 95-year-old mom at some point. So don’t worry about us spreading anything through packages (if that’s even possible, I don’t think it is). And please remember that we have a ton of stuff in our Supplies section–don’t go to a craft store, just STAY HOME and we’ll ship it to you.  And don’t forget to sign up for our enews and join us on social media. Links are over there >> on the right.

We love you and are here for you. Reach out if you have any suggestions or requests or just want to connect. We’re all in this together. xoxoxo

Julie & Chris