A neat little mobile
phone case which
can be made to
fit any size or
shape of phone
- One fat eighth main fabric
- One fat eighth lining fabric
- One fat eighth of wadding
- 1m (1 1⁄8yds) cord for version with a shoulder strap
- Two beads, optional for shoulder strap version
Made to fit your own mobile phone
This quick and easy project can be made in afternoon. You could make both versions – one with a shoulder strap and the other with a belt loop – so whatever the occasion you can always keep your phone close to hand.
- As phones differ in size you will firstly need to measure your phone. Measure from left to right and add 1in to each side; then measure from top to bottom and add 1in to each side.
- Using the measurements calculated in step 1, cut two pieces each of main fabric, lining and wadding.
- At this stage if you wish you can personalise your case by decorating one piece of the main fabric: maybe embroider some fancy stitches, appliqué a motif such as your name or embellish with sequins, beads or other decorations.
BELT LOOP VERSION
- From the main fabric cut a 3in wide strip of fabric the same length as the case. Turn over 1⁄4in on both long sides of the strip and stitch in place.
- Measure the centre point of the belt loop and place pins on either side of this centre line leaving enough room for the width of your belt.
- Stitch across where the pins are marked (allowing 1⁄4in on either side of the pins). See Figure 1.
Left: Figure 1 - Creating the belt loop, Right: Figure 2 - Creating the loops for the shoulder strap
SHOULDER STRAP VERSION
- Using either the main fabric or the lining fabric, cut a strip 1 1⁄2in wide x 12in long. Right side outermost, along one long edge fold the fabric over on itself three times to give a strip 1⁄2in wide x 12in long. Sew along the raw long edge to secure and then cut the strip into three pieces each 4in long.
- Take one piece of main fabric and, right side up, matching the raw edges, place the looped 4in strips across the top the edge of the main fabric, one loop in the centre and one loop at either edge; pin in place. See Figure 2.
- Right sides together, place a piece of lining fabric on top of the main fabric followed by a piece of wadding. Taking a 1⁄4in seam allowance, stitch across the top edge with the loops to secure the layers together.
Figure 3 Stitching in the lining
PUTTING THE CASE TOGETHER
- Right sides together, place a piece of lining fabric on top of the second piece of main fabric followed by a piece of wadding. Taking a 1⁄4in seam allowance, stitch across the top edge to secure the layers together.
- Lay out the front and back case pieces and press, trimming the wadding along the seam if necessary. See Figure 3.
- Right sides together, place the front and back case pieces together, matching up the main fabric and lining pieces and with the wadding behind the main fabric pieces. Pin and stitch all round the edges leaving a 2in gap in the lining.
- Through the gap in the lining, turn the case right side out; slipstitch the gap in the lining closed and push down into the main case.
- For the shoulder strap version, sew a button in the middle of the front of the case to match up with the centre loop. Thread the cord through the other two loops and knot in place; a bead can also be threaded through the cord to secure.
First published in Popular Patchwork Handbag Special 2009