I need to start with a confession. For Christmas last year, Maryanne bought me a gorgeous appliqued felt phone case. It was divine and protected my phone perfectly. Prior to the phone case I went through three (yes three) phones in about 8 months. Unfortunately, in the last couple of weeks I've misplaced it. Actually, it's more than misplaced now - I think that it's officially lost...
I bought some gorgeous Heather Bailey felt squares with another project in mind. They've been sitting in my sewing room for a while so I decided to have a go at fashioning my own phone case. It's completely different to the original one and not quite as beautiful, but I do like the finished product!
This is a super quick project.
To make your own, you'll need...
- A 23cm by 18cm square of felt - wool felt is best as it won't pill as much as synthetic
- a 23cm by 18 cm square of lining fabric
- A 23cm by 18cm square of heat and bond
- Bias tape (mine was cut at 5cm wide) I made my own out of the same fabric as my lining. You don't need much.
- Embroidery thread and a co-coordinating button. (I covered my own, but it's up to you!)
Start by fusing your felt and fabric together with the heat and bond. Make sure you read the manufacturer's instructions so that you don't scorch the felt. If your edges are a bit rough, you can trim them back with a rotary cutter.
Firstly, apologies for the awful photograph...
On one of the shorter (18cm) sides of the rectangle sew a row of top stitching about 0.5 cm from the top.
Measure and mark up 16cm from the edge that you top stitched. Fold the top stitched edge to the mark that you just made and pin. Sew both sides to make a pocket. I used a 1cm seam allowance. Reinforce the seams so that your pocket will be nice and strong.
Next, you need to round off the top corners of your pocket. Fold it in half lengthways. Find something round you can trace to create a neat, round edge. Only cut off the very edge of the corner - you don't need to take of too much! (please ignore the picture of my gammy finger...that's what happens when you have a close encounter with a stick blender!)
When you are done it should look like this. Actually, it should look better than this - mine was really wonky and I had to go back and re-trim it!
Next - it's time to grab you bias tape.
With the pocket facing down, pin the bias tape around the edge of your pocket. Fold the ends of the tape up so that they look nice and neat. Make sure that you stretch the tape out around the edge of the corners so that they don't pucker. Sew.
Now turn the pouch so that the pocket is facing up. Pull the bias round so that you can pin it to the front of the pouch. Pin and stitch the bias down.
Sew on your button and create a button loop using your embroidery thread. Here
is a link to great You Tube clip to help you if you are unsure how to create the loop....Guess what? You're done. While I made these pouches with my phone in mind,
I've found that they're useful for many things!
PS - Why do I love my big sister? There are just so many reasons, but at the moment I can't thank her enough for keeping the blog going while I've been on an extended blog holiday...