I'm a passionate believer that you can do anything you want to - you just have to give it a go!
This is the idea behind my series of tutorials of
Simple projects that anyone can try!
You don't have to be an expert at sewing!
I have a mobile phone - but I'm one of those rare people who don't have an iPhone! As a result - there don't seem to be any fancy cases that fit my phone! So I decided to make my own.
Something a bit more exciting than the case it came with:
And since I've been trying my hand at a bit of quilting recently - I thought I'd add a bit of that! And also - use up some of my scraps - including part of an old t-shirt!
So here's how you can make your very own fancy quilted mobile phone cover in just
5 steps and 15 minutes!
Step 1. Measure your mobile phone then cut the following:
1 rectangle for the outer fabric:
Length = length of phone plus 3 cm (1.25")
Width = double the width of phone, plus 3 cm (1.25")
1 more rectangle the same size for the inner fabric.
2 strips for the top binding - length of your rectangles x 6cm (2.5")
Small piece of stitch in velcro 1cm (1/2") wide.
note: You can just use 2 pieces of fabric for your rectangles. However, the rectangle for my outer fabric was made from scraps pieced and stitched together in a rough patchwork:
Step 2. Pin your two rectangles wrong sides together then stitch around the edges to hold them in place.....
...so you can do the quilting! Quilting is basically stitching 2 or more layers of fabric together. I just ran several wavy lines along the fabric - by wiggling the fabric left and right as I stitched!
You can get fancy here with any style or shape of stitching you like. I tried out some silver thread on mine to add a bit of extra bling!
Step 3. Trim the 4 edges of your rectangle to neaten, before adding the binding:
Take your two binding strips, fold and iron like this:
Then you place your rectangles inside the folds like so, and stitch:
Step 4. Overlock, or serge the raw edges to prevent fraying - if you don't have an overlocker - simply zig-zag stitch close to the edges and trim the loose threads.
Then fold your rectangle in half right sides together with the binding together at the top - and stitch down both sides with a 3/8" seam:
Step 5. Turn the case right sides out - and stitch on the velcro pieces on either side of the top binding on the inside of the case:
Done! Slip in your mobile phone!
I made another one with other scraps too:
For the downloadable PDF version of this tutorial, click here.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
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