Creating Your Own Cross Stitch Fonts in 7 Simple Steps

Are you still looking for some great cross stitch fonts ideas? Or do you need a pattern with text on it? You have come to the right place. This is the page you need to learn how to make your own cheeky stitched expressions.

It can only possible if you use cross stitch fonts which can also shine your personality. You have to follow the steps carefully because it can be tricky.

But, don’t worry. You are in a good hand. We provide you with some easy-to-follow steps. There’s also some explanation of how to use the cross stitch fonts and it would be very helpful to use others you already have.

Finding The Cross Stitch Fonts

The first thing you need to do is to find the alphabet or font that you like the most. You can also choose it based on the pattern you already have.

There are so many cross stitch fonts available online from the simple ones to more complicated ones. I suggest you should begin with a simple alphabet. You can have it using a free tool that you can find online.

The simple fonts are good for making a pattern from scratch. But, there are some other options if you want to make the font more calligraphic. For that, you have to look around to find the matching pattern.

There are so many websites that would provide you with interesting cross stitch fonts. Some of them are free and some of them are available at a reasonable price.

Cross Stitch Fonts Mix

How To Make Custom Cross Stich Fonts

Now, in this section, we are gonna be showing you how to use the alphabets that you can find online and pretty much any other chart of the alphabet out there.

A lot of people asking about the alphabet charts and more about the way to use them whether you are adapting a pattern that you have already had.

You can follow these steps using one of the charts you can purchase online or the free one that you found online like a stitch generator or alphabet generator and you can do some sort of thing if you are adapting a pattern or creating your own pattern.

In this article, we focus on the custom cross stitch fonts that you can make based on the available alphabet chart.

Cross Stitch Alphabet Bakers Dozen

So, without further ado, let’s get on to the business, shall we?

Step One:

The first thing you going to need to do is to prepare some blank graph paper. In the back of all the alphabet charts, there must be one page of blank graph paper and it’s got the numbers and stuff on the side.

If you need a bigger area you can just print out more of it and stick them all together.

Cross Stitch Fonts Patterns

Step Two:

If customizing an existing pattern, you need to select or mark the area surrounding the word or section you need to replace.

For example, if you want to replace the word “wine” in the “Maybe Wine Will Help” pattern, the area selected is 60 stitches wide and 20 stitches high.

Then, mark the same size out onto the graph paper. You should mark the center line too.

Cross Stitch Fonts Graph

Step Three:

Once you have figured out your size you’ll need, then it’s time to draw a baseline. In the sample chart, you see there’s a blue line at the bottom of each alphabet.

You’ll see some of them go up and down. They’re not exactly flat on one plain per se, especially the calligraphic ones.

Cross Stitch Fonts Line

So, what you are going to do is to draw a baseline. You can do this with pencil or highlighter, whatever works best for you.

Draw a baseline based on the blue line that’s on the chart. If your chart doesn’t have the blue line because you use stitch generator, you need to figure out where the baseline is. Some alphabets like backstitch letter is a little easier to spot the baseline without the blue line.

Cross Stitch Fonts Baseline

Step Four:

The next thing you need to do is drafting the letters. For example, you are going to use the word “Mom”, so the full sentence will be “Maybe Mom Will Help”.

First, take your letters and draft it out. For the “M” letters, the would be 11 high. Focus on the baseline and match up the baseline one first and then there’s two more below it, and one below that.

Then, you can do X’s up or whatever you like and it goes up four high. Next, it goes one up two. Basically, you’re just transcribing exactly what the pattern said. After that, you are copying it onto your graph paper.

You can just continue it based on the pattern you chose. So, let’s finish out the word “Mom” out of the main area on the graph paper.

Cross Stitch Fonts Mom

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Step Five:

After you finish drafting the word, you have to put the word “Mom” into the main area. Before that, you need to make sure to include the section of the word before “Mom”.

So, some bottom parts of “Maybe” will appear in your main area in order to make everything fit.

So, what you are going to do is to count the stitches. If you did it right, it would be counted 38 stitches wide. The halfway point would be 19 stitches which you need to mark.

What you need to do, is to match the centerline with the one in the main area. The same thing should be done to the baseline too.

Cross Stitch Fonts Maybe Pattern

It was fine to draw the baseline where it originally was. If you want, you can highlight that as well so you won’t be confused by your drawings. Then, you need to start from your centerline and your baseline.

Basically, you are just transcribing the one you have drawn out of the main area, into the main area. You’ll be just redrawing it.

If there are areas where they are bumping each other, you can make adjustments like moving the M over a little bit or spreading the word letters out a little bit more. That’s the reason why you draw it twice.

Cross Stitch Fonts Redrawing

Step Six:

Before you redraw the whole thing, you need to double check that things are centered if that’s what you want in the pattern.

Make sure you didn’t touch any other letters when you are redrawing it from out to in the main area. Once again, you need to double check after you finished redrawing.

If something looks a bit wrong, you can just grab your pencil and eraser and then you can just like sort of resketch it.

You can either erase it a little bit off the “M” and more it around a little bit. It’s like making some sort of adjustments so that everything fits properly.

Cross Stitch Fonts Recheck

Step Seven:

The next step is stitching the pattern. When you come into this section, it would be better if you use a printed pattern so that you will be aware that when you hit some section.

You are going actually be changing what you are stitching from what the pattern says because sometimes it’s easy when you are stitching to just get into the mode.

Then, you just start stitching what’s in front of you. After that, you realize that you didn’t want to stitch, why I wanted to stitch this. So, if you can mark on your pattern, you won’t forget when you are actually stitching that.

Then, when you get that section on your pattern, you can just have print next to you and stitch that section from the beginning directly.

Cross Stitch Fonts Mom Help

What You Need:

  • Blank Graph Paper Printout
  • Alphabet Chart Printout
  • A Pencil
  • A Highlighter

Cross Stitch Fonts You Need

Tips For Creating Your Own Cross Stich Fonts

  • The first thing you need to do is to print out the blank chart of cross stitch fonts. If you need more space for the layout, you can print some pages.
  • For customizing the pattern you already have, you need to calculate the area surrounding the word which you want to replace. Make sure everything is centered to get it centered when stitching.
  • The stitching area needs to be marked as a box on the blank chart. The vertical line is drawn for the center line.
  • Draw the baseline outside the stitching box. Then, that copying letters for the text on to baseline with the pencil.
  • After it’s all drafted, you need to calculate the length of the word. Then, draw a center line of the word.
  • Into the stitching box area, draw a baseline. Then, transcribe the word from outside the box to the inside of the box. Match it with the baselines and centerlines.
  • Adjust it as needed. Make sure the height and details of the text are on the right path.
  • Finally, it’s ready for stitching. For more details, you can watch the video from Peacock & Fig channel below.

So that’s pretty much it. Don’t forget to double check the size and focus on the baseline or centerline.


Hopefully, those steps would make you able to create your own cross stitch fonts. Have fun stitching your own custom pattern.

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