This has been an incredibly busy week for me. I’ve been making patterns for some great tutorials and merchandise for the Etsy shop, I’ve been working hard on a big project (that I can’t wait to tell you about!) that included a photoshoot, I re-stocked all the headpieces in the shop and I’ve been trying a few new recipes out to share with you as well! All that being said, I feel like the website’s been a bit neglected this week so I have an amazing craft today that will make up for it! These little sleeves are for your iPhones (or any cell phone, you might just have to adjust the size a little) and they are great! I know we’ve all been there… you’re out and your phone rings from somewhere in your purse and by the time you locate it, you’ve missed the call. These are perfect because it protects your phone, looks chic AND it has a swivel hook so you can clip it to your purse, your belt loop, etc to ensure you’ll never have trouble finding it again! It also has a pocket on the back that you can fit anything from your iPod with headphones to your business and debit cards as well as your driver’s license making it an instant wallet that’s perfect for a night out! If you don’t sew or don’t have time time, I made extras so all the sleeves seen in the pictures above are for sale in my Etsy shop! I’ve also added direct pay to the shop so you don’t have to have Pay Pal to make purchases, you can use any credit card! As I previously mentioned, I have also restocked all the headpieces and added a couple new ones. If you follow me on twitter then you already know but if you order before the 4th of July, you can get 15% off all the casserole carriers in the shop (use coupon code CASSEROLE15). Okay, I think that takes care of all the business (lol!) now let’s get to the tutorial!
This project has a 3/8″ seam allowance and has a finished measurement of 3.25″ x 5.25″. It’s meant for an iPhone 4s (at least that’s what I made it for) but I’m sure it will fit other phones, just use the finished measurements and compare them to your phone’s. If it won’t fit, just adjust the size of the pieces you cut to make it fit! Start by cutting your pieces. Mix and match prints and colors to come up with fun combinations. You’ll need two 4″x6″ pieces of your exterior fabric (for the main pocket), one 4″ x 5.25″ piece of exterior fabric (for the back pocket), one 2.25″ square (for the swivel hook strap), one 2″x 3″ piece (for the button loop), three 3″ squares that have two corners cut into a curve (for the flap, two in your exterior fabric and one in a fleece for padding on the inside), two 4″ x 6″ pieces of your lining fabric (for lining the main pocket) and two 4″ x 6″ pieces of heavyweight fusible interfacing (for lining the lining fabric). You’ll also need a short swivel hook.
Start by making the body of the sleeve. With your 4″ x 5.25″ piece of exterior fabric for the back pocket, press under to the wrong side of the fabric .25″ and then fold that over .5″ towards the wrong side of the fabric and press. Sew down with the 3/8″ seam allowance. Place this right side up on top of one of your 4″ x 6″ pieces of exterior fabric that’s right side up. Baste in place. Place your other 4″ x 6″ piece of exterior fabric right side down on top of that and sew around the two sides and bottom. To make the bottom of your sleeve flat, you’ll have to sew out your corners. To do this: take the bottom seam and line it up with one of your side seams. Measure up 3/8″ from the tip of your triangle and mark a line on your fabric. Sew along this line and trim the excess fabric. Repeat on the other side and you’ll now have a flat bottom. Flip the body of your bag right side out and set aside. If you’re having trouble seeing the pictures below, click on the collage and it will bring up a full resolution picture.
Now you’ll need to make your straps. Fold the 2.25″ square in half with the right sides together and press. Sew along the long edge with the 3/8″ allowance. Trim the excess fabric, flip right side out and press. Thread this strap through the bottom of your swivel hook and baste onto the back of your sleeve body as shown below. Next, fold your 2″ x 3″ piece in half lengthwise with the right sides facing and press. Sew along the long edge with the 3/8″ allowance, trim the excess fabric, flip right side out and press as shown. Baste this to the rounded end of one of your flap pieces. Place the other exterior flap piece right side down on top of this piece and then put your fleece piece on top of that. Sew along the sides and the end with the curved edges. Trim excess fabric, flip right side out and press. Baste the flap onto the back of your sleeve body on top of the swivel hook strap.
Now it’s time to assemble the lining. Use your iron to fuse the two pieces of 4″ x 6″ interfacing to the two pieces of 4″ x 6″ lining fabric. Sew them together along the two long sides, but don’t sew the bottom together. Sew out the corners the same way you did for the sleeve body pieces. Don’t turn right side out yet. Slip the body piece into the lining piece and pin together at the top, being careful to match side seams. This is where things get tricky because you’re not sewing the top closed, you’re sewing all the way around it. My sewing machine, even with the drawer piece pulled out is too thick to slip the mouth of the sleeve around it. I tried a mini handheld machine but the fabric was too thick with the straps and everything so what I ended up doing was sewing about 2 inches at a time on the regular machine. Be sure you’re pulling back enough that you don’t get the opposite side caught in your stitching and slowly make your way around the mouth of the sleeve. Once you’re done, pull the body of the sleeve through the bottom of the lining. Hand stitch the bottom of the lining closed and slip it inside the body of the sleeve. Press the whole things and add a button for your flap.
To see close ups of the fabrics I used as well as pictures of the linings so you can get ideas for different combinations, check out the listings in the Etsy Shop.