Create your own free Pokemon cross stitch pattern online

Porygon Cross Stitch by Aime Cox (source: aimecx.com)

Aime Cox of aimecx.com originally wrote this super sweet post on how to do free Pokemon cross stitch patterns yourself online. Not only is it a great guide, but it uses Porygon as the example! However, if you just want a quick Pokemon pattern, I have free Pokemon cross stitch patterns too

I love Pokémon, nowhere near as much as I love Digimon but that might well be another post. My boyfriend Alex also loves Pokémon, probably more than I do and probably more than the non-nerd society thinks a 28-year old man should.

As I’m such a bitchin’ girlfriend, I decided to create a Pokémon cross stitch for Alex to make up for being a bit cruddy at chores, working all the time and worst of all, dual-screening during Masterchef. So, Project Porygon was born.

Porygon Cross Stitch by Aime Cox (source: aimecx.com)
Porygon Cross Stitch by Aime Cox (source: aimecx.com)

Project Porygon!

Before I get started, I must mention that there are some alternatives available, Makibird-Stitching on DeviantArt has created some spiffing patterns that you can download for personal use.
You can also pay for templates from various etsy stores, but I’m a much bigger fan on investing about 15 minutes to save myself some dolla dolla bill y’all.

In my previous post I mentioned how searching for ‘sprites’ through Google images can help you find some really simple cross stitch patterns for beginners.

This method can also be used to create your own not-so-simple Pokémon cross stitch patterns.

1. Find a good source of Pokémon sprites

There’s literally a truck-load available. I like this one, and this one. Visit one of these links, and find an angle of a Pokémon that appeals to you. I chose the one in the triangle below.

Finding Porygon sprites online (source: aimecx.com)
Finding Porygon sprites online (source: aimecx.com)

Generation 4 was a strong one for porygon.

Right click, or drag and drop, to save the sprite to your desktop.

2. Convert the sprite to a JPG

Most of the sprites available are PNGs, the next program we’re going to use can’t cope with transparent backgrounds so it’s important to convert the file in order to have a white background.

If you’re on a Mac, you can open the file in Preview, select ‘Duplicate’ and then change the file format to JPG.

If you’re on a PC, you can do the same in MS Paint by opening the file and selecting ‘Save As’ . Again, you need to choose ‘JPG’ from the drop-down.

You could also use these opportunities to trim any excess white space off the image – this will make your pattern easier in the long run.

Saving online Porygon image as a PNG (source: aimecx.com)
Saving online Porygon image as a PNG (source: aimecx.com)

3. Upload to My Photo Cross Stitch

This site is so cool considering it’s totally free. Visit this link and select ‘Advanced’ from the primary navigation at the top of the page.

Now, click ‘Select Image’ and upload your shiny new JPG. There’s a field to add the maximum number of thread colours. Be prepared to play around with this as each Pokémon is different. I find 5-8 is enough.

Pick coloured boxes or symbols, or both, I like coloured boxes but each to their own. Then simply select ‘Make Pattern’ et voilà! A beautiful pattern that you can download as a PDF, print or save it to a cloud drive for use on the road.

Porygon Cross Stitch unframed by Aime Cox (source: aimecx.com)
Porygon Cross Stitch unframed by Aime Cox (source: aimecx.com)

Porygon cross stitch final piece, still working out what to do with it.

And that’s it. Let me know in the comments how you got on with creating your own pattern!
 
Looking for something else? Check out our list of free cross stitch patterns for more.

Super Miniature 3D Ecruteak City Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Miniature 3D Ecruteak City Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Scroll
Title: Ecruteak City
Date Completed: May 2016
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Video Game: Pokemon
 
After playing with a miniature arcade cabinet that tested my small plastic canvas creations, I wondered just how small I could go. I settled on trying the smallest scale possible, make one cross stitch one meter (or 1:500 scale if you’re interested).
I’ve been throwing a lot of ideas around following a trip to Japan in late 2014, and I started by making a torii gate. I left it unfinished and when I went back I started putting peices together and thinking ‘oh, maybe a tree would look good’, etc. It eventually evolved from there, and it turned into the Pokemon Ecruteak City.
 
Ecruteak City is actually different in the anime, manga, and games, and so this is a combination of a series of images and video to make the most generalised city. 
The bell tower (tin tower originally) is the main feature of the city, designed in the traditional way, with accurate angles, which has 9 floors with purple roofs, complete with a golden stand on top, which is meant to draw the legendary Pokemon Ho-oh to it. The opposite side sits the ill-fated burnt tower, with only 2/3 floors left, where the legendary Lugia used to reside. Both are on raised land masses to add to their height, which is shown in most itterations of the city.
 
You can also find a Pokemon center, gym, PokeMart, zen garden, two red bridges, a pagoda, cherry tree, a blank house tile (which has always featured in both games and anime, I have no idea why), and trees surrounding the whole city.
It’s 3.5″ by 3.5″, and 4″ tall.

Inspiration: Asano Takeji's Moon Light In Yasaka Pagoda (left), Pokemon Tin Tower (middle top), Ho-Oh in Pokemon anime (top right), Tin Tower over Ecruteak City (bottom right)
Inspiration: Asano Takeji’s Moon Light In Yasaka Pagoda (left), Pokemon Tin Tower (middle top), Ho-Oh in Pokemon anime (top right), Tin Tower over Ecruteak City (bottom right)

Pokemon Japanese Gengar Print Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Pokemon Japanese Gengar Print Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Scroll
Title: Japanese Gengar
Date Completed: September 2015
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: Red
Colours: 2
Video Game: Pokemon

This year I’ve entered both the mega and mini Sprite Stitch craft swaps! This is a gift for my mega partner Citrusoda, featuring some of her most favourite things! She really wanted something Pokemon OR a quote. Well, how about both? She also mentioned loving Japanese sayings, Gengar specifically, and loving red black and purple. This is what a came up with, featuring the Japanese saying “wake from death and return to life” on a Japanese inspired block print cross stitch.

Team Rocket Typography Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Pokemon Team Rocket Typography Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Scroll
Title: Team Rocket Typography
Date Completed: March 2015
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 18
Canvas: Black
Colours: 2
Video Game: Pokemon

A return to pokemon! I’ve always loved typography (and have always been useless at it), but recent Portal lemon rant stitches I’ve seen have made me take stock. Maybe I could do something like that? And what better than the motto of Team Rocket from Pokemon Series 1 & 2.
Prepare for trouble!
Make it double!
To protect the world from devastation!
To unite all peoples within our nation!
To denounce the evils of truth and love!
To extend our reach to the starts above!
Jessie! James!
Team Rocket, blast off at the speed of light!
Surrender now, or prepare to fight!
Mewoth that’s right!
I’d like to thank the fantastic members of SpriteStitch for spell checking it for me. Where would I be without you guys?

Pokemon Triptych Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Pokemon Triptych Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

tri-better
Title: Pokemon Starter Triptych
Date Completed: October 2013
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: Blue, Red & Green
Colours: 36
Video Game: Pokemon

I’ve been playing around with the idea for a triptych for years now, but never sat down and stitched one. And it was time I did so.
No sprite design has been needed in these stitches, they’re all HeartGold/SoulSilver sprites, but I really wanted to use brightly coloured aida for a change. I was getting bored of white and black.

Pokemon Tattoo Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Pokemon Tattoo Cross Stitch by Lord Libidan

Scroll
Title: Pokemon Tattoo
Date Completed: August 2013
Design: Lord Libidan
Canvas: White
Colours: 38
Video Game: Pokemon

After completing my Portal Tattoo stitch some time ago, it has become synonymous with my work. As a result I wanted to stitch another.
Unlike the last one, I had to totally create a pattern from scratch, which includes my previous Pokedex, and a few other things I’ve been wanting to stitch for a long time, such as the Kanto region badges.