Sewing Bee Fabrics Tutorial
How To Make A Phone Cover
To match the cushion cover I made in my last tutorial, I made a phone cover. I wanted to make it both fun and practical, so I also added a pocket at the front of it with just enough space for a credit card or 2 as well.
What you will need:
2 Scraps of cotton a few centimetres bigger than you'd need to wrap around your phone
Same size piece of interfacing.
A contrasting piece (or 2 pieces to add together like I did) big enough to go round a credit card with about 2-3cm to spare to the side and 3-4 above.
How to make it:
First you need to draft your pattern. Simply lay your phone down in the middle of a piece of paper and draw around it. Add 3cm above it, 3.5cm to the side, then draw the same size next to it. On one of these rectangles, draw a tab about 5cm long at the top. You want the tab to sit centrally, so minus off your 1/4 inch seam allowance from the outer edge before finding your centre.
Cut this shape out once in an outer material, an inner material to line it, and a piece of medium interfacing.
My material I wanted to use as a pocket design was a little too small for a credit card so I mounted the picture on a bigger piece. On the pocket piece I turned the edges so they were folded twice to conceal the raw edge within the hem and pressed. On the picture piece I just pressed the raw edges under then pinned in place. Note the wider hem on the top piece of the pocket. This was to make it more durable as the hem wont get pulled around as easily with putting things in and out of the pocket frequently.
I then sewed the picture to the backing piece using an over edge sewing machine foot as an easy guide to give me a 1/8th inch uniform top stitch.
Next, I sewed the 2 sides and the bottom of the pocket to my top fabric piece. As the tab will come over the top of the phone pouch, you want the pocket to be on the other side. Add a button so that the tab can fasten onto it, but so that it will also prevent any credit cards from easily sliding out.
Now you want to make up the shape of the phone case and lining. Simply turn the fabric right sides inwards and sew down the side and the bottom to make 2 separate pouches, but attach the interfacing to the back of one of them first. I attached it to my outer fabric and used 1/4 inch seam allowance. I like to use a 1/4 inch quilting foot with a guide to make the job really easy and neat.
Place the lining pouch over the top of the outer pouch so that the right sides of the fabric face each other in the centre. Sew around the top edge leaving a big enough gap to turn the fabric right side out through. I found that it was easier to hand stitch around the base of the tab.
Now turn the phone cover through the hole. It will look wrong at first, but don't fret just yet!
Just poke the lining inside the outer material, then hand stitch the opening closed, with the raw edges tucked inside.
Now all that's left is to add your button hole to the tab.
Now all you need to do is pop your phone and credit card in and show it off!
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