Cross-Stitch iPhone Case

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One of my most favourite Christmas gifts from Mike this year was a cross-stitch iPhone case that I’d been eyeing. I’ve been slowly working on it for the past few weeks and finally finished it this weekend!

I love how it turned out! But it took a lot of work to get to this point. The case didn’t come with a pattern, and only three colours of embroidery thread. Thankfully, I had my childhood container of thread (seriously, that thread is probably 20 years old), as well as a bag that I ended up with from my great-grandma after she passed.

I ended up using 8 colours:
– 355
– 433
– 608
– 720
– 741
– 955
– 959
– as well as an unlabelled yellow

Since the case didn’t come with any patterns, I was able to make my own design! I decided to make a Navajo pattern of arrows and diamonds. At first I ended up just drawing it out on paper, but it took too long and didn’t leave a lot of room for error.

I know, I’m a little overambitious, but I ended up opened Illustrator and made my own template for the case before starting to lay out a pattern. It made things so much easier!

Once I had my pattern made, it was just a whole lot of hours of cross-stitching. The top and bottom of the pattern were really complex and took a long time because I had to change colours often.

Aaaand making the very last stitch! So satisfying, but a little bit sad to be done with it.

What do you think? You can purchase a cross-stitch iPhone case here, and if you want to use my Navajo pattern, go ahead and download it for free here.

    • Jessica

      I was thinking of selling them on Etsy, but I’d have to simplify the design a lot so it wouldn’t take so long. Maybe I can think of a way to make it work. :)

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  1. karen

    this is SO awesome! i’m really impressed with your pattern development skills :) teach me your ways!

    also, hi from your newest reader! really looking forward to reading more.

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    • Jessica

      Thanks so much Karen! This was my first time making a pattern, but I have another case here so I think I might make one more. ;)

      Thanks for reading! :)

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  3. julia

    i freaking love this! it’s exactly what i’ve been looking for! thanks for your awesome artistry!

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  4. Pranathi

    That looks sooo good! I got the cross-stitch case just today and I can’t wait. Could you add a link for the template you made?

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  5. taryn

    i really love this and bought the case and would love to make my own, but the link to download the patter comes up saying it doesn’t exist! :( any chance you could send it to me? thanks!

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  6. Caroline

    The link to your pattern keeps saying error! Is there a way for you to shoot me the link? :)

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  7. Nora

    The second I saw this I knew I seriously have to get one of these cases for myself! You did a fantastic job on the deign!

    Ive made templates on my computer like you did, for other projects, but I always have a hard time getting the colors on the computer to match up with the colors of the thread (which makes it super frustrating when designing a pattern). How did you get yours to match so perfectly?!

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  8. Zoe

    Can you please email me the pattern page you used. I would use different colors. Thank you.

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  9. Summer

    I’m not sure you’ll even see this.. but I would very much like to use your pattern due to it’s perfection, but the link to get the pattern is broken! Would you mind putting up another link?

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  10. Amy

    I love love LOVE this!! I recently bought the case and really want this pattern but every time I click the link to download it, it always comes up as “Page Not Found”!!!.. Please help me get this beautiful design of yours!!

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  11. Karen

    Is this design still available? The link doesn’t work. I think I could recreate it from your pics, but it would be LOTS easier to just download it! Thanks for the great design

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