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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Free PDFs from HotelTonight

Last year, HotelTonight ran an ad campaign with several cross stitch pieces in hoops that everyone loved! I couldn’t believe these pieces were created by a very talented graphic artist in San Francisco, I’ve never seen anyone do this so well – and I’ve sure seen a lot of people try. 

This year, HotelTonight asked me to create PDF patterns from three of their favorite ads from the campaign–it was pretty fun to do something completely in reverse from how I usually do it. I’m hosting these three patterns on my site on behalf of HotelTonight and they’re all FREE! Pretty cool, huh?

Consider these a little hint that your holiday guests (or you!) might be more comfortable in a hotel this season. HotelTonight’s app makes booking a room fun–not complicated! 

This project is in partnership with HotelTonight.

Change in free font checkout


Our free PDF and PC Stitch patterns are now FREE WITH PURCHASE.

Unfortunately, Paypal no longer allows zero-total checkouts, so in order to download any of the free PDFs, you’ll have to make a purchase of something else on this site. There’s no minimum amount required, the least expensive choice is probably another of our $5 PDFs.

Sorry about the change, it was beyond my control!

To see which PDFs are free, use the SEARCH button at top and search for “free”!

Summer Freebie!


Check out this cute bottle opener! Pop it on your keychain and watch summer hijinks ensue. Don’t forget to look for a message from me in tiny print along the side. Get one free with every purchase of $30 or more, while supplies last!