DIY: Stitch your own E.T. iPhone case

We asked our friend Leah Brandt of Hero Images to create this adorable cross-stitched iPhone case just in time for Halloween.

What you’ll need:

  • Your favorite cross-stitch pattern (E.T. pattern here).
  • All the appropriate floss indicated in pattern.
  • A sharp pair of scissors.
  • Cross-stitch needle.
  • Cross-Stitch iPhone Case.  

STEP ONE: To start, cut a length of floss about 12″ long. The floss is made up of six strands, so pull a single strand out of the length. Bend the floss in half and match up the cut ends and thread those through the needle.

STEP TWO: Find the center of the iPhone case and feed the needle through the hole (starting from the back side of the case).

STEP THREE:  Make your first stitch.

STEP FOUR: Flip the case over and pull the floss until it’s almost all the way through, then feed the needle through the loop to tie off the strand.

STEP FIVE:  Pull it tight. This process eliminates the need for making knots in the floss and keeps the back of the stitches nice and neat.

STEP SIX:  Follow the pattern by making overlapping “X” stitches with the floss as indicated in the pattern’s legend:

STEP SEVEN: Once you come close to the end of the strand, on the back side of the case, thread the remaining floss through what you’ve already stitched to finish it off.

STEP EIGHT: Continue following the pattern making the overlapping “X” stitches.

STEP NINE:  Once you’ve completed the pattern, you’re ready to start the finishing stitches (i.e. backstitches and French knots). These are done with a single strand of floss, so only thread one end through the needle. On the back side of the case,
leave the floss through a few of the existing stitches before you begin to backstitch.

Once these finishing stitches are complete, you’re all done.

You can buy a Cross-Stitch Kit ($18) at Fairgoods for iPhone 4 or iPhone 5.

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1 Comment

  1. Cute idea! This is a great way to personalize our own phone case :)

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