What do you do when the probability of scoring a pair of Ulyana Sergeenko‘s embroidered sunglasses is, at best, 1 in a million? Do it yourself, of course. Though I couldn’t replicate these folk-inspired sunnies at nearly the same degree (we’re talking couture after all), I was able to add just the right amount of embroidery for a similar effect. So, what do you say? Grab a pair of inexpensive sunglasses and let’s get stitchin’!

You’ll need:

  • a pair of sunglasses with plastic lenses
  • embroidery floss
  • hand held drill (I used a Dremel, last used here)
  • 3/64″ drill bit
  • thin needle
  • scissors
  • felt tip marker
  • nail polish remover

Start by drawing out a pattern – feel free to copy mine! Each cross stitch has four holes, forming a square, so the pattern will look like a grid. Color coding the stitches helps develop the design. After the pattern is drawn out on piece of paper, copy the pattern with a felt tip marker on the sunglasses – don’t forget to make sure the design doesn’t obstruct your vision! Nail polish remover will remove any mistakes.

Use the hand held drill or Dremel to drill the holes. To prevent skidding or scratching, place the tip of the drill bit on top of the marked area before turning on the drill. Place a good amount of pressure for a clean drill. Once all the holes are drilled, clean off any leftover marks with a paper towel and nail polish remover.

Thread the needle with embroidery floss – make sure the head of the needle is small enough to fit through the holes. Tie a double knot at the end of the floss and snip off any excess. Thread the floss through the holes, following the pattern. Start from the upper left corner down to the lower right corner and then from the upper left corner down to the lower right corner, forming an X. Start the next stitch so it uses two of the same holes as the previous.

Finish off the color with a double knot on the backside.

Continue cross stitching with the second color and then the third color.

Repeat on the other side.

Voila, embroidered sunnies complete!

(images by HonestlyWTF)