Pocket Stitch Book

on August 28 | in Sewing + Quilting Tips, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 159 Comments

Cassi from Bella Dia and The Crafty Crow is always a delight. The Crafty Crow is one of the first places we look on rainy, kid-crazy days and Bella Dia is always a wonderful source for artistic inspiration. Cassi’s a hand sewing expert… Just look through this beautiful gallery of her work!

We asked Cassi to share some of her stitch expertise with us and she came up with this wonderful Pocket Stitch Book. Cassi writes, “I picked ones that are basic yet can be a little tricky to remember if you don’t stitch often; there are outlining stitches, decorative stitches and filling stitches.” She created the book with both beginner and experienced stitchers in mind, and she plans to add color to her book with some colored pencils.

Download your Pocket Stitch Book today!

We think the book will be a big help with some of our Hand Sewing Month projects like the Queen Anne’s Lace PillowcaseFavorite Things: a Nature-Inspired Easy Embroidery Sampler, the Sew-Along Sampler and our Free Embroidery Designs from Sarah Jane Studios.

Here are the directions for making the PDF into a booklet:
1. Print out on regular copy paper.

2. Trim the top and the bottom along the solid gray line.

3. Fold in half length-wise, with unprinted side together, along solid and dashed gray line; make a nice crease then open it up.

4. Fold in half width-wise, with unprinted side together, along solid gray line, make a nice crease then open it up.

5. Fold top quarter of the page with printed side together, along solid gray line. The edge should meet the middle of the page.

6. Repeat #5, above, for the bottom quarter of the page.

7. Fold in half width-wise one more time.

8. Cut along dashed gray line only.

9. Pinch the two center sections closed and with the top and bottom quarter out flat, fold the booklet in half length-wise with unprinted sides together.

10. The booklet should be standing upright with the four sections radiating out.

11. Make note of the cover and the back page (french knot) and fold pages together so they form a booklet.

Here is a link to a video which shows how to fold the book (he does it slightly different but it all ends up the same), and here is a link to a site with drawn pictures showing how to fold it.

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159 Responses to Pocket Stitch Book

  1. grace says:

    oh, i remember making this when i was young! what a GREAT memory! thank you. i will be showing this to my girls! thank you thank you!

  2. mc says:

    What a fantastic guide and wonderful reference. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Linda says:

    Thank you so much. This is great to put in my project basket. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Diana says:

    Cute little book

  5. Nancy Sabina says:

    This is just what I need! I’m pretty new to hand embroidery and this is just what I need to tuck into my little sewing box and always have handy. Thanks!

  6. candy bello says:

    fabulous project, and cute too!

  7. Mary says:

    thank you for sharing this cute pocket book! It’s a great idea!

  8. Dalila says:

    Thanks for sharing this. It’s really, really helpful for a beginner like me. 🙂

  9. Fiona says:

    thank you very much! a lovely stitch book!

  10. dabooklady says:

    I love this blog and its helpful hints, the pocket stitch book is excellent …thank you for sharing.. 🙂 would love to win…

  11. Jessica says:

    Wonderful idea, can’t wait to try it out!

  12. Christina says:

    How do you always manage to keep up with the craft that I am about to try my hand at? Just when I think I will have a go, you are always there to help me. Thank you.

  13. nurks says:

    what a lovely and usefull mini-book!!
    thank you very much!!

  14. Katrina says:

    Thanks for this fantastic resource!

  15. Rachel HB says:

    thanks for passing this along!
    I also love the directions for making the little books– too cute

  16. Sandra Strickler says:

    Thank you so much! This will definitely come in handy.

  17. lorene holbrook says:

    this is the coolest thing to have with your stitching!!!! THANK YOU!!!! it’s just perfect!

    Lorene H

  18. Nysa says:

    Just what I needed! Thanks!

  19. Krista says:

    How nice of you to put this together! I’m going to print one for each member of my Friday morning stitch group – thank you.

  20. Janessa Graves says:

    Thank you, this is such a valuable resource.

  21. Jamie Keil says:

    I love the small size. Thanks for the refresher.

  22. essie says:

    this is so cute. i’d love to see more stitched added in future! 🙂

  23. Karen says:

    Thanks so much for the stichery book….but the real treat was looking at Cassi’s gallery of finished projects!!!!!!! Great colors!!!!!! Loved, loved, loved it!!!!!!

  24. chez danisse says:


  25. Sherry says:

    Thank you, this is so cute!

  26. Lisa says:

    Love the booklet, loved the folding directions…love this site!!!

  27. Candice says:

    So very generous- thank you!!!

  28. Mirza says:

    Nice! Just wish it showed left handed pics too.

  29. Krystina says:

    Thank you so much for this! Its great that you’re giving step by step instructions. I don’t hand sew very often so I need really detailed instructions.

    I’m a little sad that hand sewing month is almost over. There have been so many cute and fun ideas on your site this month!

  30. molly says:

    OK–This is just perfect. Thank you v much!

  31. Barbra says:

    Adorable! Thanks,

  32. Kathy says:

    I don’t do much needlework but hope to start soon. This handy little pocket guide will be just what I need. THANKS

  33. lisa says:

    this cute little book will be so helpful when i am hand sewing. I down loaded the pdf version and will have to make one. thank you!

  34. Kristy Carter says:

    LOVE it!!

  35. Deb says:

    Perfect size to fit in my embroidery kit! Thank you

  36. Courtney says:

    this is great – sometimes I get so excited I can hardly stand waiting to start another project or craft – restraint is hard when surrounded by such inspiration and a practical way to do it! Thank you!

  37. Casey says:

    How fabulous is this? Thank you!!!!

  38. Sharmila says:

    Many Thanks for this!!

  39. Terri says:

    this is wonderful thank you

  40. Sandi S. says:

    I have seen so many patterns on the net that took 4 people to explain and then made mistakes. These are clear, easy and pefect. Thank you.

  41. Rudy says:

    I copied this onto muslin, did a little “coloring” and wow, just LOVE IT!!!!

  42. Robyn Smith says:

    Very helpful. Thanks!

  43. Sara says:

    Thank you so much! Wonderful resource for kids as well.

  44. Connie says:

    This is great, thanks.

  45. Joanna says:

    Wow! Great reference!

  46. Brooke says:

    great idea!

  47. Jen Young says:

    Thank you so much! This was very easy to print & put together. It’s very helpful for someone like me who is out of practice. Jen

  48. Samantha says:

    How cute- thanks!

  49. It is so nice, I’m going to give it to my group of sewers tomorrow.

  50. Sarah G says:

    This is awesome!!!

  51. Jess says:

    Thank you for this post! Looks like a wonderful guide for projects!

  52. Emily says:

    what a sweet idea! thank you!

  53. Jessica says:

    What a super-handy (and super-cute!) little guide. Thank you!

  54. Danielle says:

    I love the useful booklet and the inspiration your blog provides!

  55. Rose says:

    The mini stitching book is such a great idea! Thanks for the .pdf!

  56. Jessica says:

    Wow, I want to try them all. Great gift.

    Greatings from Holland

  57. lowrah says:

    This book is so cute!

  58. A.K. Miles says:

    This is an excellent teaching tool, thank you!

  59. Linda says:

    absolutely fabulous! Thanks so much for this awesome little guide.

  60. Crystal says:

    I love this! I am just learning how to sew and embroider, and this is perfect! I was thinking I might print it out on fabric and make a fabric book of it and stitch the sample areas. Thanks again!!!

  61. tata pi says:

    thanks so much for the pdf.

  62. Barbara Mars says:

    Thank you SO much – this is just perfect for tucking into my carry-all bag. Love the site and always, always look forward to the posts.
    Barbara in TN

  63. Johanna says:

    Great idea! And sooooo cute!
    Thank you 🙂

  64. Erin Ayscue says:

    I love this booklet! I am taking up embroidery for the first time in many years. I have a two year old and have rediscovered my love of sewing and embroidery. Having this as a handy reference is wondeful! It is also something I can share with my daughter when she gets older. Thanks so much for sharing it!

  65. Kelly says:

    Thanks so much. I’m going to use this with my girlys as they learn about hand stitching!

  66. Huimin says:

    This is so useful for a beginner like me,thank you so much!

  67. Tiffany says:

    This is awesome, thank you so much! I can’t wait to try it.

  68. Angel says:

    That’s fantastic! I’ve already printed it out and put it next to my current embroidery project. Thank You!

  69. Jenni says:

    I’m in love. Thank you!!!

  70. Danine Cozzens says:

    Charming! So glad to see such an excellent use of this clever form factor printout. Would love to see a sequel showing hand sewing stitches useful in dressmaking or mending, like catch stitch, rolled hem, hem stitch. Love that this can simply be in your sewing box.

  71. Jeni says:

    Sweet thanks for the download!!

  72. BeckyS says:

    I love this! It’s like embroidery and origami in one. Thank you for designing such a handy little guide.

  73. Jackie Davis says:

    thank you
    thank you
    thank you
    thank you

  74. Lisa says:

    Thanks for the booklet… I’ve made one for my travel sewing bag.. Sometime I seem to forget how to do the simple stitches.

  75. Tina W says:

    This is a great idea; something I can use for my beginning embroidery students in school this year.

  76. Blaize says:

    Thanks especially for the folding directions!

  77. Thanks! It’s going in my embroidery/cross-stitch basket.

  78. Jody says:

    Oh, I am totally loving this!!! Thanks so much!

  79. Willow says:

    Thank you — what a lovely size.

  80. Carly says:

    Thank you for this wonderful little guide. Now if only I had one for knitting, too…

  81. Sarah says:


  82. Lisa says:

    Oh Mama! Thank you for the pfd. Looks like a great resourse to keep around – especially since I’m teaching my daughter to embroider.

  83. Cocoa says:

    What a great idea! Saving to print later and keep with my embroidery things for quick reference! 🙂 Thanks, Cassi!

  84. wendy says:

    that’s awesome!!!
    thanks so much 🙂

  85. amy says:

    this is wonderful!

    and i love making little books using this technique, it makes the cutest little zines! i’m definitely bookmarking the links that show how to do it, because i’m terrible at describing it to others!

  86. doris says:

    this is a great resource i’m an Art textiles teacher this will be great for my students as the diagrams i am currently using are copies from old books and not that clear… the instructions are student friendly too… thanks for sharing

  87. Jodieth says:

    Thank you so much for this. My daughter who wants to learn to embroidery will love having this in her embroidery bag. Plus it will help me as well, since I am the one teaching her!

  88. Ella says:

    Thank you so much for the stitch book! how awesome! I am just beginning and this is super super helpful 🙂

  89. BecB says:

    How handy to have all the stitches in one place!

  90. Melissa says:

    Thanks! This is great and will help me conquer my fear of really diving into embrodiery! SMS, how do you read my mind?

  91. Lia says:

    Sweet! This just solved the problem of how to make the nose on my amigurumi bunny! 🙂

  92. Cheryl says:

    What a sweet little book! Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with us!

  93. Deanna Johnson says:

    I love neat little things like this in my sewing basket. Thank you!

  94. Shirley says:

    Cute and simple. I’ll be putting this in a little embroidery gift basket and giving it as a gift. Thanks!

  95. Wendy says:

    How great is this?! Thank you!

  96. Kathy says:

    Thanks! What a help this will be!

  97. charlie says:

    I just love how your tutorials are always so classy AND practical. Lovely and useful……can’t beat that combo!!! Thanks you.

  98. Cindy says:

    Thank You, this is a great little book to tuck into my sewing bag.

  99. Bladerunner says:

    Thank you for this. I don’t embroider very often, and sometimes when I do, it’s away from home. The book is a lovely little help I can tuck into the sewing bag. Thanks!

  100. Gabriel says:

    Thanks so much! I mostly wind up just using chain stitch because I can remember how to do it.

  101. Anne says:

    I grew up in a family where everyone sewed. My mother loved to sew, with a machine that is. She’d do everything from drafting patterns, cutting and putting the outfit together. Finishing the dress was whole nother story. She simple loathed hand sewing so guess who she taught to do the hand work. From the ripe old age of 8 I learned to hem, smock, embroider and even do hand bound button holes. To this day I can’t put in a zipper but what most find difficult, buttonholes, are no brainers for me. This has certainly been an fun blog from my end.

  102. Margie says:

    Thats such wonderful instructions!!

  103. Lisa says:

    thanks! i will keep this with my sewing supply case!

  104. Rochelle says:

    Thank you! I’ll be printing this and adding it to my embroidery basket.

  105. Leanna says:

    What a fantastic idea! Thank you so much!

  106. Elizabeth says:

    This is great! I’ve been wanting to learn some embroidery stitches and this is a perfect, portable reference 🙂 Thank you so much!!

  107. sarah lynne says:

    wow, a nice little reference to keep in my sewing basket. thanks!

  108. Paula in NH says:

    What a great little book to keep handy with my stitching. Thanks!

  109. Andi says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!! This is great! I was thinking of trying some embroidery (this month has really got me inspired) but I didn’t know where I could learn all the stitches. This is perfect! I also bookmarked The Crafty Crow – what a great site!

  110. qsogirl says:

    This is so great! Thanks!

  111. Robin C says:

    love handsewing projects. Love the freebies you are giving out on this blog.

    What a nice sewing kit. Please add me to the drawing

  112. Jane says:

    Thank you!

  113. Andrea says:

    Great resource for my on-the-go embroidery basket – thank you!

  114. morepjs says:

    thanks, what a great idea

  115. Barbara G says:

    pretty nifty. I just recently started embroidery again and I am falling in love all over again. Thanks for the booklet

  116. Robyn says:

    Thanks for that!

  117. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for the great info! It will be a big help in my stitching endeavors!

  118. georgia says:

    I love PDF’s! What a clever idea of making it pocket sized:)

  119. Nima says:

    wow…very nice…thank you for sharing

  120. Sarah says:

    This is fantastic! I am just starting to learn new stitches and this will be so “handy” (literally!).

  121. Sue says:

    What a great little idea, I think it would be fun to make one and it might even get me to start doing some crazy quilting.

  122. Irene says:

    This is awesome! Just what I need.

  123. Sora says:

    I love this little helper. Thank you.

  124. wintu nancy says:

    Some people are just too clever! And aren’t we the lucky recipients. 🙂

  125. Lauranie says:

    Thank you!! I printed one for me and one for my almost 7 year old, who is learning to hand stitch! She will be so surprised!! 🙂

  126. Brittney says:

    I’m just learning to embroider and will definitely be taking advantage of this!

  127. What a wonderful little gift she made for us.
    I love small booklets with stitches. I am always forgetting where to put the needle and I love having it handy when I am stitching.


  128. Kim says:

    This is so timely! I am teaching my daughter how to hand stitch and find myself in need of a refresher on some of the stitches. I am printing one for each of our sewing baskets. Thank you Cassi and Sew Mama Sew!

  129. Kara says:

    Thanks Cassi, it’s wonderful. What a great refresher!

  130. Debbie O says:

    Thank you soooooo much. That is so helpful and so generous of you to do for us. I will keep this close to my sewing basket. Thank you again

  131. jm says:

    Fabulous! Thank you!

  132. laurie says:

    What a great idea! I’m always going online to find out how to do a stitch – this will be handy to have on my sewing desk. Thank you!

  133. April says:

    How nice to have directions that can be put in a pouch for travel.

  134. SugarMama says:

    Thanks so much! This is darling, I’m printing one out for myself and a few for friends!

  135. Amy says:

    Great idea! Thank you!

  136. Michelle says:

    What a cute little reference pamphlet, handy and compact. Thanks, Cassi!

  137. Betsy M says:

    Wow, thanks!! This will get used in my house!

  138. Anne says:

    Thanks – this is such useful info!!

  139. Debbie says:

    This is both cute and useful; much nicer than having to refer to a large book. Thanks!

  140. Karrie says:

    Thanks for the booklet. I printed it off straight away to keep in my stitching corner.

  141. Leah says:

    This is a great resource! Thank you for this.

  142. susie says:

    Awesome! Thanks Cassie & Sew Mama Sew!

  143. Rebecca says:

    This is great! I haven’t embroidered since I was a little girl, so this will be so helpful now that I want to start up again. Thanks! 🙂

  144. Samantha says:

    THANK YOU! This is going right in my embroidery box. I use the backstitch for everything. This little gem will help me break..away…

  145. Lorrie says:

    What a cute stitch guide to tuck into my embroidery bag. Thank you Cassi!

  146. jennsquared says:

    That is really handy! And very cute!

  147. Heather says:

    What a fabulous idea. It’s going to be so handy. Thanks so much to both you and Cassi.

  148. brandy says:

    Wow, very cool!

  149. shelle says:

    Wow! I love it. Thanks for the fun links on how to fold the book. Have a great weekend!

  150. Julie says:

    I love this. Thank you. I can never remember some of the stitches since it’s been awhile since I’ve done hond embroidery.

  151. ani says:

    this is so nifty! thanks from a beginner stitcher…

  152. Katie B says:

    Thanks so much! I’m a novice when it comes to hand sewing, so this is perfect for me!

  153. Rebecca says:

    Thanks! That’s awesome!!

  154. Lale Laubach says:

    Thank you so much for this very useful booklet. I imagine it will be getting a great deal of use this weekend. 8 ))

  155. Jennwith4 says:

    Wow thanks so much! What a great little book!

  156. Gwen says:

    This is so handy and will save me from digging out the books when I forget how to do a stitch, thanks!

  157. Helena says:

    Thanks, this is awesome. 😉

  158. Grace Wong says:

    thanks for the pdf!

  159. Beth says:

    These are some of the clearest directions I’ve ever seen! Cute book too!

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