Introduction: DIY: Stitch Your Own E.T. IPhone Case

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

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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.  (iPhone 4 or iPhone 5)

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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.

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

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Make your first stitch.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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Continue following the pattern making the overlapping “X” stitches.

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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.

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

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


paul the maker (author)2015-11-10

love it i need to try cross stich

Cindy02 (author)2013-11-15


sabu.dawdy (author)2013-11-06

i love it. i made some thing quiet similar

HollyMann (author)2013-10-25

VERY COOL! I LOVE IT! :) Never knew they had cross stitch iphone cases! WOW ...I'm sure you could also do that with plastic canvas..bring it back in style too! :) Nice job.

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