This one is a bit of a spoiler. Last week was my mom’s birthday. I always have a hard time deciding what to get her since she has what she needs and doesn’t yearn for lots of luxuries. Her husband was planning on bringing her out of the 90s with a new iPhone though, so at the last minute the lightbulb went off and I knew I had to make her a cool iPhone case that reflected her love of the Arts & Crafts style.
For Christmas (or was it MY birthday?), I had actually steered her towards buying me a cool DIY cross stitch phone case kit like I had seen on the Purl Bee blog. I have not had time to work on mine (lime green with dreams of a mushroom motif), but that’s beside the point. I rushed over to Purl Soho and ordered an appropriate kit and told my mom on her birthday that I would make her a case — just so she wouldn’t go out and buy something else. So, she’s kinda knows already what she’s getting.
Which is why I’m willing to show it here. The kit arrived mere days after I ordered it (yay Purl!) and I got right to the designing and stitching.
The kit comes with a few designs to choose from and some floss. Purl Bee also has instructions to replicate their designs. Plus, googling “cross stitch phone case” brings up some other ideas online crafters have come up with, for those looking for inspiration. I downloaded a blank cross stitch grid and marked out the appropriate number of vertical and horizontal squares. Then, I drew my design in the same scale, but on another piece of paper. Finally, I taped the grid over the final drawing, held it up to the window (my quick and easy light box), and colored the appropriate boxes based on what was underneath.
While this is not a huge project, it did take a good three days to stitch. Those little crosses are pretty tiny. I used only two strands of DMC floss, and a few accents of a gold floss from my local stitchery shop. It was completely worth it though — not just because it’s for my mom, but because I think it really turned out great. I doubt there’s any other Charles Rennie Mackintosh-inspired phone cases out there! Anyway, Happy Birthday Mom! This is already on it’s way to you.