how to: cross stitch a phone cover

i am not a celebrity, kate mcauley, diy, craft, iphone, how-to

I’m not going to lie. It took me two goes to get this right, not that the cute-as-a-thimble ThumbsUp iPhone case was to blame. It was, rather, my grand design plans coupled with my extraordinary lust for daydreaming (read: procrastinating). Living in organised chaos, listening to Radio Four and stitching my blog logo onto the back of a phone case seemed a far more productive use of my time than unpacking the second bedroom. And the more stitches required, the more time I’d have. It was also a great conversation starter. Inquisitive people in Starbucks flocked to me like I was a One Direction member with a puppy. 

It all started well enough. The pack comes with all sorts of patterns to follow, but I made my own with the kind help of this website.

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I eschewed the bright colours that were included with the case because they didn’t match my logo. Off to John Lewis I went for some embroidery thread. I started with white (OK, it’s cream) for the words. Yes, it’s an inverse of my blog colours, but I’m a mucky pup and didn’t want it to get grubby on its first outing.

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So far so good.

It was the erroneous shades of grey, however, where it all started to unravel (yes, that’s two cliches in on sentence. *PROUD*). Thinking that the same colours would be hung on the same rail, I picked up two consecutive – what are they called? lengths, pieces, shanks, thingamajigs? – of grey thread. And, since I completed most of the work at night, it wasn’t until the next morning that I noticed that I’d selected two different hues.

This, however, was the least of my problems. My fine handiwork, which included a couple of backwards stitches and a few bobbles – had warped the actual case, rendering it stunning (my own opinion), but useless.

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I begged for another and was thankfully obliged. This time I kept it simple. Grey on its own did the trick. Once again I’m taught less is more. Best is simplicity, or something like that…right?

i am not a celebrity, kate mcauley, diy, craft, iphone, how-to

The ThumbsUp iPhone cross stitch case fits the iPhone 4 and 4s and is available from Amazon.


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10 thoughts on “how to: cross stitch a phone cover

  1. Antoinette

    Oh dear – you were scuppered by the old ‘batch number’ mistake.
    With wool and embrodery thread you have to check the batch number is the same for each ball or wool or skein of thread, you get to ensure it has come from the same dye lot! It’s usually on the tag somewhere. The things I know!!
    Ok – I googled Skein!! 😉

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  5. Kari

    You did a great job! I do have one question for you…what kind of graph paper notebook thing did you use? Do you know where it might be found so that I can get one too? Okay, I asked you two questions. Sorry. :)

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