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Review | The X-Zone Cross-Stitch iPhone Case Kit by Coats & Clark

A new cool cross-stitch iPhone case kit that allows me to personalize my iPhone case is the latest trend in iPhone related crafting products.

iPhone Cross Stitch Case Case by Coats & Clark

Coats & Clark offers a fabulous one that lets me decide how I want my case to look.

First, lets review what comes in the box:

  • A silicone iPhone case (fits iPhone 4 and 4s)
  • An assortment of embroidery thread in six colors
  • An embroidery needle
  • An instruction and pattern book.

iPhone Cross Stitch Kit Contents from Coats & Clark

The kit offers enough supplies to create one of the designs offered in the pattern book.

iPhone Cross Stitch Kit Coats & Clark Pattern Chart

The pattern book itself is pretty straight forward.  It offers a short tutorial on how to do the various stitches, and how to read their patterns.  This is helpful for a novice crafter who is new to cross-stitch. The four patterns are very easy to read.

The silicone case is what I really like.  I liked the texture of the case.  The stitching holes are placed strategically to make cross stitching a design quick and easy.

iPhone Cross Stitch Kit silicone case from Coats & Clark

The instructions offer two blank templates so that you can create  your own cross-stitch or embroidery design for the iPhone case.  Some embroidery stitches would not work on this case but if you stick to the simpler ones, it can be done.

I chose the black design because it reminds me of “Blackwork” stitchery.  Since everything is included in the kit (except scissors),  it was pretty easy to take the kit with me to work on while waiting to pick up my daughter from one of her activities.  I made some changes from the Coats & Clark design to suit my personal design aesthetic.

iPhone silicone cross-stitch case kit from Coats & Clark

I showed this kit to my teenager, who loved it and wanted one of her own.  She has not shown a real interest in doing cross-stitch before, but the chance to create her own design won her over.  I personally liked the kit and would recommend it to anyone who wants to create something unique for their iPhone 4 or 4s.  There are several other iPhone stitchery case kits available from different manufacturers but this one is the one that impressed me the most.  The instructions are clear, concise and easy to follow which makes creating the cover fun to do.

Pros:

  • The instructions are well written and easy to follow.
  • There are enough supplies that if you make a mistake, you still have enough thread to finish the project.
  • You can personalize it and make up your own design.

Cons:

  • Sadly the name that the manufacturer chose for this kit makes it very difficult to do a Google search to find the product at the best price.  There is nothing in the product title that will pick up on a search for a personalized cross-stitch iPhone case kit. So you would have to search by it’s name  “X-zone” instead of “cross-stitch cellphone” case kit.  Even searching by the “X-zone” name will pull up a lot of unrelated sites.  That can be frustrating when trying to find a vendor to purchase it from.
  • The embroidery colors offered are mostly pastels, which conflict with the color of the silicone covers.
  • The instructions were not completely accurate on the pattern I choose but I easily adjusted it to suit the number of holes available on my cover.

So what do you think about the trend to personalize cellphones? What method do you prefer?

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Maria Del Pinto

Maria Del Pinto

I have been crafting since I was a child and I love seeing what others create. I live near the beach so everything around me inspires me. I also enjoy activities where I re-purpose something old & discarded & make it into something cool. My favorite mantra is "Re-use, recycle, and re-make".
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3 Responses to Review | The X-Zone Cross-Stitch iPhone Case Kit by Coats & Clark

  1. nopinkhere June 21, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    I have one of these. It’s on my phone, but I never finished it.
    I created my own design using the blank grids and some ideas I found online.
    My problem is that I didn’t like the color of the case (red) showing through the thread when I used 2 or 3 strands of floss. So I used the entire thickness of floss. Now the case bulges because of how the thread has spread the holes apart.
    Also, I found mine near the checkout at Jo-Ann’s around Christmas (total impulse buy ;-) )

  2. janine June 22, 2013 at 5:42 am #

    That does look like a cute idea but it sounds like the manufacturer needs to do a little more work with it just for sheer marketing purposes. I also tried different ways to search for the product on Google and pretty much had the same results as you did with it bringing up a bunch of irrelevant results. The only thing that seemed to work for me was using the search term: clark and coats cross stitch iphone case, although it only brought up a couple of pages of results. It may be that the product is too new. Also, Google now charges a fee for vendors and merchants to show up in their search results and, unliess the item is super popular (like a basic iphone case), you might not run into too many results for a newer item like this on Google. You might have better luck on http://www.bing.com where there aren’t any fees for vendors and merchants to have results appear in the search. (?)

  3. Jenna June 23, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

    You can actually pick these cases up at Walmart. I think they run about $6 there. They also make one for the iPhone 5.