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Dandelion iPhone Case Cross-Stitch Pattern

Dandelion iPhone Case Cross-Stitch Pattern | The Zen of Making

When I was a kid, I spent countless crisp afternoons rescuing wooly bear caterpillars from sunny dirt roads and blowing on dandelions in the fields of my grandma’s farm, dreaming of all of the wonderful and exciting places that each seed would go. Even as an adult, I find myself fascinated by the colorful transformations that happen as the weather gets cooler, even if I rarely take the time to stop and look around me. This dandelion iPhone case cross-stitch pattern is a nod to younger me, who still firmly believes that everything is filled with magic, and thinks that adult me is silly for not realizing it more often!

I designed this pattern as part of my review of the Lesse Design Neo Stitch Cross-Stitch Case for Craft Test Dummies. You can read the full review here: Craft Product Review: Neo Stitch Cross-Stitch iPhone Case by Leese Design

Want to stitch one of your own?

Dandelion iPhone Case Cross-Stitch Pattern | The Zen of Making

You can download a full PDF of the pattern here: Dandelion iPhone Case Template

Dandelion iPhone Case Cross-Stitch Pattern | The Zen of Making

**Please note that this pattern was designed for the Lesse Design Neo Stitch Cross-Stitch Case for iPhone 4 and 4S, which has a 33×69 grid.**

TARDIS iPhone Case Cross-Stitch Pattern

TARDIS iPhone Case Cross-Stitch Pattern | The Zen of Making

I’ve been on a huge Doctor Who kick lately. So, when I ordered my new iPhone a few weeks ago, I knew that I needed to make a seriously geeky case to celebrate my love for both David Tennant and my shiny new phone. So, I did what any reasonable girl would do: I bought a cross-stitch iPhone case and designed a TARDIS cross-stitch pattern!

Want to stitch one of your own?

TARDIS iPhone Case Cross-Stitch Pattern | The Zen of Making

You can download a full PDF of the pattern here: TARDIS iPhone Case Cross-Stitch Pattern

TARDIS iPhone Case Cross-Stitch Pattern | The Zen of Making

Here is an up close look at the detail work in the pattern. Please note that some of the lines in the windows, the sign, and the “Police Box” lettering are stitched off of the grid and create extra holes in the case. (The case is soft—you can stitch right though it.) If you don’t want to alter the case, you can replace the lettering with white Xes and move the window lines and sign lines to fall over existing holes.

If you have trouble downloading the PDF, feel free to send me an email.

**Please note that this pattern was designed for the Taylor X Stitch Case for iPhone 4 and 4S, which has a 22x 43 grid. Because this is a silicone case, you can stitch through areas outside of the grid. This may not be the case with other cross-stitch iPhone case brands.**

DIY-ing the Emmys: Red Carpet Handmade


This year, when Jeremy got nominated, I got crafty. I considered it the ultimate handmade challenge to bring DIY to the red carpet in a totally workable way. (In retrospect, it was probably an ill-advised challenge, considering I had about a month to get it all done!) So, with the help of some amazingly talented friends (*cough*Vicki O’Dell*cough*), I set about making the dress, the accessories, and the shoes for me, and the bow tie and the pocket square for Jeremy.

I documented the whole process for CRAFT, including tutorials for making a crocheted lace handbag, a bow tie, and a pocket square. So, if you’ve got some black tie in your future, here’s how to get handmade all up in it!

CRAFT Emmy Post #1: DIY-ing the Emmys: The Gown, Shoes and Accessories

Includes:

• The dress. Good lord, the dress.

• Links to jewelry tips and tricks from Vicki O’Dell, the fabulous designer of my Emmy necklace.

• Downloadable mini-pattern for a crocheted linen lace handbag.

CRAFT Emmy Post #2: DIY-ing the Emmys: The Bow Tie and Pocket Square

Includes:

• Downloadable bow tie pattern and tutorial—perfect for black tie or nerdy goodness!

• Hand-sewn pocket square tutorial with rolled hem diagram.

For those of you who would just like to see the darn pictures already, here’s a little Emmy Album:

Free Beer Glass Greeting Card Template for Silhouette SD

Beer Glass Greeting Card Template for Silhouette SD | The Zen of Making
My friend Sammy is getting married. But, as she lives in Chicago and I live in Brooklyn—and nobody has gotten around to inventing a teleportation device—I didn’t get to go to her bachelorette party.

Since I couldn’t be there in person, I wanted to send her something fun. So, I put my fancy new Silhouette SD to work and made my very first card. Then, with the help of one of Sam’s local friends, it was hand-delivered at her party. (Thanks, Brian!)

Of course, I somehow managed to delete all of the photos that I took of the finished product, so you’ll just have to use your imagination. Picture the image above, but with patterned fabric behind the cutout, and “Beer. Let me buy you one.” inside.

Know someone who needs a drink? Download a free copy of my Beer Card Template here!

(Don’t like beer? I think it could also pass as a fancy cappuccino.)