When it comes to cross-stitch and embroidery, I’ve always been drawn to geometric and repeating patterns, especially those found in styles like laid work and blackwork. I love how, when joined together, even the simplest lines and shapes can create rich, vibrant textures on an otherwise unremarkable surface. (It’s kind of like quilting in that way: you piece one quilt block at a time, then those blocks seem to magically transform into something completely different when sewn together in a finished quilt.) I really like the idea that surprisingly intricate designs can be constructed by combining individual elements in predictable yet creative ways, and that’s exactly what I had in mind as I designed this geometric color block cross-stitch iPhone case pattern.
When stitching my case, I used my favorite primary color scheme: blue and red. Not a fan? Don’t let that scare you away! You can always customize the colors in the pattern to fit your own personal style.
Wait! Don’t print the image above—it’s only a sample section of the pattern to display the design. You can download the full pattern here.
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* Geometric Color Block iPhone Case Cross-Stitch Pattern PDF
* Embroidery floss in red, silver, navy blue, light blue
* LEESE DESIGN Neo Stitch DIY & Cross-Stitch iPhone Case kit for iPhone 5 & 5s (embroidery needle included in kit) [this is not an affiliate link]
* Embroidery scissors
* Computer with printer or computer screen/tablet for displaying pattern
How to stitch the pattern:
Each length of standard embroidery floss is generally comprised of 6 individual strands that can be pulled apart and separated as needed to adjust the thickness of the floss. For this iPhone case, I used 2 strands (2 ply).
The design should be worked in the following color order:
- all silver cross-stitches
- all dark blue cross-stitches
- all red cross-stitches
- the outline stitches around the outside edge of each small red square (this is worked in backstitch—these lines are visible on the pattern)
- the outline stitches around the outside edge of the single small blue square (this is worked in backstitch—these lines are visible on the pattern)
- the light blue lines, worked from the outside edge toward the center of each large square (each line is one long stitch)
Note: When changing colors or starting a new length of floss, stitch over the ends or weave them in as necessary to secure them in place. DO NOT knot off the floss. Knots create extra bulk, and may keep the case from lying flat against your phone.
Harriet, my poor iPhone, has been languishing in a boring plastic case for months, so she’s definitely pleased to be nestled into her new cross-stitch case.
Are you ready to give it a try? Download my Geometric Color Block iPhone Case Cross-Stitch Pattern PDF and start stitching!
** Please note that this pattern was designed for the LEESE DESIGN Neo Stitch DIY & Cross-Stitch iPhone Case kit for iPhone 5 & 5s. If your case is a different brand or for a different kind of phone, you may need to adjust the pattern to fit your case.