Friday, 18 March 2011

Phone Case Tutorial

Ok guys as promised i have done a tutorial for the phone case i made earlier in the week.  Its really easy to do and only takes half an hour (not even that if you are an advanced sewer which i'm not!).  So are you ready... Here goes and if i have missed anything out or my instructions aren't clear give me a shout...

Phone Case tutorial

Materials needed:-

1 x piece of outer fabric 11 1/2" x 4 1/2" 
1 x piece of lining fabric 11 1/2" x 4 1/2"
2 x pieces of iron on interfacing (medium weight) 11 1/2" x 4 1/2"
1 x lobster key fob (its probably not called that at all but look at my pic to see what i mean!). I got mine from John Lewis a pack of 2 for £1.50 but you can get them on ebay cheaper.
1 x scrap of ribbon
1 x button
1 x hair bobble or elastic
thread scissors etc etc...

Ok Ready to rumble

Step 1
Iron a piece of interfacing onto the back of your outer fabric and a piece onto the back of your lining piece.

Step 2
Place your lining piece flat down with interfacing on the bottom and right side facing up.  Now take your ribbon and thread it through the bottom hoop of your key fob. Pin your ribbon (and attached key fob) approx 2" down from the top of your long side of the fabric on the left hand side.  Make sure the ribbon edges are pointing to the fabric edge and the key fob is somewhere in the centre of the fabric piece.  See pic

Step 3
Take your piece of elastic or hair bobble and pin it in the centre of the short top edge of the fabric (see pic above).  You need to make a U shape loop which should face inwards towards the centre of the fabric (like the keyfob is). See Pic above.

Step 4
Now place your main fabric piece on top with the right side face down on top. This means you will now have the interfaced side on top.  See pic below.

Step 5
Ok nearly done now.  Sew around the edge of the rectangle leaving a gap for turning out on the right and side (about 2").  Clip your corners and turn the right way out through the gap.

Step 6
Now iron flat and then lay your outer fabric face down and bring the bottom short end up to where your keyfob ribbon piece is (see pic) and pin.

Step 7

Stitch right round the rectangle keeping close to the edge making sure you catch the gap that was left (which should already be tucked in neatly ).  I do two rows of stitching as i think it looks better and is more sturdy but you don't have to its up to you. Of course my machine would decide to start playing up today and for some reason has done some irregular stitches (anyone know why please tell me?)

Step 8

Now bend down your top flap and sew the button on the front piece where you want it.  You can sew the button on before making the piece into a pocket which is probably easier but i don't as i want to be able to put my object/ phone /camera etc in and then see where it needs to go. It means i don't have to worry that the button is in the wrong place once its all sewn together!.

That's it you are finished. Give yourself a clap and then pour a glass of wine (or is that just me?!).  The lip balm holder i made is done exactly the same way i just made it smaller. You can have a play around with different fabric pieces to make different size holders for things.  You can also do a Velcro fastening instead of hoop and button if you want. 

Let me know if this tutorial is easy to understand and if you make one please link back to me (and show me your fab holders).


  1. I love your phone case and that's a really clever idea to use a hair bobble. Jaqui x

  2. I love this. This is so cute!

  3. I love the phone case and tutorial :)
    So simple but still looks great, well done :)
    Sue x

  4. Cute. Perfect for my iphone:) Thanks for linking up:)

    xoxoox Hanna