How to Draw Stitch


Stitch is an iconic character from Lilo and Stitch that children and adults adore. This straightforward tutorial will show you how to draw him and Lilo herself!

At first glance, Stitch may seem like an unlikely combination of koala and French bulldog – yet underneath his unique exterior lies an engaging character who’s up for anything! His personality brims with mischief and adventure!

Basic Outline

If you want to learn how to draw stitches, the first step should be gathering reference images – both online and in books – that will aid your drawing. Once you have them, start sketching out an outline for the stitch pattern you wish to create; this will ensure proportions look accurate while making it more realistic.

After sketching your stitch, the next step should be determining its position. To start this, draw two circles for the head and one oval-shaped one for its body. Next, sketch some curved lines extending from each side of the first circle as guides for its ears. Finally, draw another smaller circle at its base – this will guide Stitch’s feet!

After that, it will be necessary to add stitch designs. A fabric marking pen or pencil will help keep your design consistent and neat, as well as assist in finding any loose threads later. Pull the yarn up at an upward angle, forming curves for your stitch pattern outlines after threading your needle with thread knotted at one end and pulling through the fabric in the stitching line.

Leave a small gap before returning, returning a length away and nudging your loose stitch to the left side. Next, come up at the end of your previous stitch before pushing the needle through to complete that stitch – repeat this process until your design is complete.

This simple stitch is a fantastic way to strengthen your embroidery skills and learn the draw stitch technique. It can be used to create various designs ranging from straight and curved lines to rows worked close together in close rows for a thick band effect. Plus, you can experiment using multiple colors for an eye-catching variegated effect!


Stitch is an illegally created extraterrestrial lifeform resembling a blue koala created by Dr. Jumba Jookiba with the intent to be cunning and indestructible; however, when Stitch meets Lilo, new qualities emerge within him, such as tenderness and caregiving.

To draw Stitch, start by sketching his basic outline – head and torso combined – then add eyes and mouth features such as eyes and lips. Next, add details of his body, like squat and chubby or long and thin, followed by arms and legs featuring small circles at elbows and knees, and finally, his round paws featuring four fingers and toes each.

Next, sketch Stitch’s facial details – his eyebrows should be thick and slightly arched upward; his nose narrow and pointed; eyes large and round; a small tuft of hair at the top of his head should also be added for dimension.

Once your outline and detail drawings are complete, erase any unnecessary lines before using a pencil to fill in detail using stitch patterns. If needed, go back and correct any areas which need extra work.

Once completed, your drawing should look similar to this. Now it’s up to you if it gets colored; have fun!


This technique involves working tiny stitches to add shading or dimension. It is an accessible approach suitable for beginners.

First, begin by sketching an outline of your design on paper. This allows you to visualize where shadowing should fall and offers you the chance to edit any areas that don’t quite work as planned – plus, this process provides an objective way of critiquing rather than when working directly with fabric that may prove more difficult to amend later.

Once your design is drawn on paper, shade it in with a pencil. This will highlight any unintentionally drawn lines and ensure smudge-free stitching. Alternatively, inking may help underscore your sketch before erasing its underlying pencil lines for an enhanced finish.

Begin by drawing your character’s face, paying particular attention to making their eyes expressive and invoking their mischievous nature. Once complete, pull their ears, ensuring they are proportional and symmetrical with the head.

Next, begin adding the rest of the body. Arms should be short and thin, while legs should feature long, squat legs with tiny knees and elbows. Finally, complete this stage by drawing in four-fingered and five-toed paws – it all adds up!

Utilizing your color palette, carefully stitch together split-stitch designs into the remaining background areas using tightly worked stitches. This technique also works great for filling in sky, sand, or grass areas. Two strands of cotton should be used to achieve an ideal color blend when performing this part of the design.

Use this technique to draw Lilo and Stitch wearing other outfits from their film appearance, such as their Hawaiian dance outfit. Plus, add other characters from that scene or any others you would like – there is an infinite variety of ways this simple drawing idea will help you unwind after an exhausting day!

Finishing Touches

Finish off your drawing by adding some finishing touches. For instance, when sketching Stitch’s body outline, add details such as his arms and legs; make sure they’re proportionate with his other parts; add small elbows and knees as appropriate; you may even include additional lines to define his form.

Once your drawing is complete, it’s time to start shading! Use smooth, consistent lines to color the shapes you have drawn. If your shading technique doesn’t bring out all of your intended details, try going over it again using different shading techniques – this may bring out even more features and help produce more realistic-looking drawings.

Learning how to draw stitches is much simpler when you refer to various portrayals in movies, TV shows, video games, and books of him/her. Doing this will enable you to capture their charm more effectively within your drawing.

For instance, when drawing Stitch while sitting down, try to keep his shapes as evenly balanced as possible for an expert-looking drawing. This will give your work more of a finished, professional appearance.

Focus on adding a variety of colors to your drawing. This will bring out your character’s characteristics and make him more recognizable, not forget to include details like his large ears or mischievous eyes! Finally, don’t forget the little things like his oversized ears and expressive eyes!

By following these tips, you should quickly be able to learn how to draw stitches rapidly. After mastering this simple technique, you can move on to more complex drawings of characters from Lilo and Stitch. So grab your pencil and paper, let’s get drawing, and don’t stop until you remove any desired stitch pattern! Good luck!