Cell phone covers come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and styles. Some are fancy with zippered and buttoned compartments for extra storage. Some are simply a cover for the cell phone to keep it handy as you go about your day. Instead of buying a cell phone cover, choose a fun fabric, gather a few simple supplies, and spend a short time making a useful and unique cover.
Things You'll Need
- Cell phone
- Stretchy knit fabric
- Sewing machine
- Adhesive velcro
- Clear plastic vinyl (10 gauge)
- Tape measure
- Safety pin
- Carabiner clip
Measure these dimensions on your phone and write them down:
1) from the top of the screen to just below the keys on the front of the phone;
2) from just below the top of the screen, over the top of the phone, and approximately 2/3 of the way down the backside of the phone;
3) from just above where the bottom keys are on the front of the phone, over the bottom of the phone, and approximately 2/3 of the way up the backside of the phone;
4) the width of the phone. Add 1/2" to this measurement.
Cut out a piece of clear plastic vinyl with a width equal to measurement 4 above and a length equal to measurement 1 above.
Cut out a piece of fabric with a width equal to measurement 4 and the length equal to measurement 2.
Cut a second piece of fabric with a width equal to measurement 4 and the length equal to measurement 3.
Place the vinyl piece and the bottom fabric piece together, matching the short edges. Sew the short edges together with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
Place the vinyl piece and the top fabric piece together matching the short edges. Sew the short edges together with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. You should now have a sewn piece consisting of the top fabric piece, the clear vinyl piece, and the bottom fabric piece.
Fold under the raw short edges of both the top fabric piece and the bottom fabric piece one inch. Press the folds with the iron. Sew the folds in place by stitching 3/4-inch away from the folds.
Lay the sewn piece out so that the right sides are facing out and the bottom piece comes up from the bottom. Place the male half of a one-inch square of Velcro (the hooks) centered at the folded and sewn edge of the bottom fabric piece. Affix the Velcro in place with the self-adhesive backing.
Place the top piece so that it comes down and rests over the bottom piece, overlapping by one inch. Place the female half of the Velcro square (the eyes) centered at the inside of the folded and sewn edge of the top fabric piece. Affix the velcro in place with the self-adhesive backing.
Turn the fabric pieces so that the wrong sides are facing out. Line up the fabric so that the clear vinyl is on one side and the fabric is on the other side. Determine where the bottom of the cover needs to be so that it will fit your cell phone by sliding your cell phone in between the vinyl layer and the fabric layer. Mark the bottom point with pins. Also mark the point where the cell phone is connected for charging. Mark this point with pins also. Remove the cell phone.
Open out the top fabric piece so that it is not stitched. Sew both side edges between the bottom and the point where the bottom fabric piece ends. Leave an unsewn gap at the place marked where the cell phone is connected for charging. Turn the cover right side out.
Place the cell phone into the cover and close the Velcro.
Tips & Warnings
- To add a simple carrying option, place a heavy-duty safety pin in the cell phone cover on the back fabric piece, under the Velcro. Attach a carabiner clip to the safety pin and attach the clip to a belt loop or a purse strap.
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