How to use Instant Download Patterns

How to use Instant Download Patterns

Why Stitching with Instant Download Patterns Rocks...

So, you've just snagged yourself an instant download cross stitch pattern – congratulations! But before you dive into your stitching adventure, it's essential to do a little prep work to ensure smooth sailing ahead.

There are many perks of stitching with instant download patterns. Not only do you have access to a vast array of designs, but you also enjoy the following benefits:

  • Instant Gratification: Say goodbye to waiting for snail mail – instant download patterns are available at the click of a button, allowing you to start stitching right away.
  • Cost-Effective: With instant download patterns, you can use your existing thread stash and fabric, saving you money in the long run.
  • Customisation Galore: Personalise your designs to your heart's content, from choosing your own colours to experimenting with different fabric counts and types.
  • Endless Possibilities: Dreaming of tackling a massive full coverage piece? Instant download patterns make it easy to take on ambitious projects like Heaven and Earth Designs without the hassle of kitting up multiple kits.

How to Prepare for Stitching with Instant Download Cross Stitch Patterns

1. Measure Twice, Stitch Once: First things first, take a moment to check the measurements of your pattern. Ensure you have a minimum 5cm border around each side to allow for framing or finishing. This extra space will give you the added security of ensuring you don't run out of fabric to stitch on (especially if you've miscounted by a few sneaky centimetres!), but is also vital if you wish to frame your piece.

2. Thread Matters: Next, it's time to review the thread list provided with your pattern. Take a peek at the DMC colour codes to identify which colours you'll need for your project. Double-check your thread stash to make sure you have all the necessary hues on hand before you start stitching.

3. Fabric Finesse: Don't forget to double-check the count of your fabric! Running out of fabric mid-project can throw a real wrench in your stitching plans. Ensure that if you plan to use 14ct aida, you follow the 14ct size measurements. While an extra couple of stitches per inch doesn't matter too much with small designs, they quickly add when you are working on large, full coverage designs.

Let Us Help You Stitch Up Something Special:

At Spruce Craft Co, we've got you covered with hundreds of modern, colourful patterns that are simply perfect for beginners. Our patterns typically use 10-15 colours, making them ideal for those just starting out. And if you're on the hunt for fabrics and cotton, look no further than Sew It All Australia, where you'll find a vast selection to suit your stitching needs. We just so happen to run both of these businesses side by side, and we think they make a great pair!

Got a design you'd like to kit up? Shoot us an email at, and we'll be more than happy to lend a hand. Happy stitching, folks!