I wanted to start with a simple project which hopefully lots and lots of you will be able to make use of.
After spending many hours on Etsy looking at all the different kinds of cover I could buy for my iPhone, I eventually decided the best option was to put thread to fabric and make my own. Thankfully there are already lots of helpful tutorials out there as a starting point. Having not quite found the right one, I have experimented to come up with my own simple step-by-step design which should result in a snug fitting cover/ cosy for your iPhone or smartphone just like this one…
Step 1 - Cutting your fabric
To make your cover you will need to choose an exterior fabric and a lining fabric. For my cover, I am using Cloud 9 Nature Walk which I bought from Fabric Rehab. My exterior fabric is ‘Moss Ocean’ and my lining fabric is ‘Clearing’.
In addition, for this version, I am also going to use some iron-on fleece interfacing (Vilene H 640) to make it super cosy. You can quite happily make the cover without the interfacing and I will show you an example of at the end.
Cut out two pieces of each fabric 6″ long by 4″ wide, together with two pieces of interfacing of the same size, to give six pieces in total.
Step 2 – Create the exterior cover
Iron the interfacing onto the wrong side of your chosen exterior fabric.
Pin the exterior pieces right sides together.
Sew together along 3 sides with a 1/2″ seam.
Step 3 – Sew together the lining
Pin the lining fabric right sides together and sew along three sides with a 1/2″ seam, as above.
Step 4 – Sewing the covers together
Trim the seams and corners of both the exterior cover and lining (see right-hand side of image). Then, turn the exterior cover right side out (see left-hand side of image). Make sure to push out the corners fully – I know there are all sorts of special tools for this but I just use a pen (with the lid on of course!).
Next, put the exterior cover (right sides facing out) inside the lining (wrong sides facing out).
(If you put a ruler inside the exterior cover and use this to help wiggle it into the lining it works a treat!)
Sew a 1/2″ seam round the top edge to join the two covers together, but stop about 1 “1/2 short, to leave a hole in the seam that will allow you turn the cover right side out (see Step 5).
Take care to keep only the edge you are sewing under the foot - this can be quite tricky so go slowly!
Step 5 – Turning the cover right sides out
First, pull the exterior fabric out from inside the lining. The wrong sides will now be facing out.
Next, push the exterior fabric through the hole (this might take a bit of gentle tugging) so that the right sides of the exterior cover are now facing out.
Finally, push the lining fabric through the hole and into the cover, so that its right sides are now also facing out.
After this stage, everything may seem a bit crumpled but you can use your phone to help push out the bottom and the corners. I also find it helps the fabric to settle if you turn the cover inside out, and back again.
Step 6 – Finishing the cover
Carefully tuck under the remaining loose edges, and pin into place.
Edgestitch around the top to finish.
You now have your own iPhone cover!
I have now made a few covers using this method, including one for my Husband’s Google Nexus phone out of some funky C60 fabric by Mini Moderns (available from Clothkits). The Nexus cover works with the same starting measurements as the iPhone cover.
(This Nexus S cover does not include any padding.)