I got a new iPhone last month and of course, I’m paranoid about my precious new gadget and want to protect it when its newness wears off and I throw it in my purse… and I have been dying to play with my new sewing machine!
So on this lovely Monday morning, I bring you a tutorial on how to make a quick fleece lined pouch for your phone or other gadgety-type item.
- your gadget
- pen and paper for pattern making
- fabric (The outer can be whatever you want – I used wool because I love it. Line the pouch with fleece)
- tailor’s chalk
- large button
- a little bit of elastic cord
Determine the size of your gadget and pattern piece
Measure your gadget first. Then you’ll need to make a pattern piece with your pen and paper. My phone measures 4.5″ x 2.25″.
You have to add seam allowances (I used a 1/4″) and allow enough room for your gadget to slide in and out of the pouch. If you want a flap, just decide how big you want it to be and add that into your length (+ your seam allowance).
So my pattern piece ended up being about 12″ x 4″.
My first calculations were a little off, so I ended up making a second pattern that fit my phone much better. You might have to make a muslin out of some scrap fabric to make sure your gadget fits in the pouch the way you want it and adjust your measurements accordingly.
Cut out your fabric
Cut one of your outer fabric and one fleece.
Press under 1/4″ to 1/2″ on each end of each fabric piece and pin fabrics together, right sides facing. Make sure you insert your elastic cord at this point! I almost forgot when I was making it, so it’s not in the next photo.
Stitch all the way around, leaving the ends you pressed under open
Turn the whole thing inside out through the open hole (this is where a point turner comes in handy) and press it as flat as you can. The fleece might give you some problems – you can do a top stitch really close to the edge to keep everything in line if you want.
At this point you should check on your helpers and make sure they’re doing their jobs. (everything looks alright here!)
Now it’s time to place your button
Test out your pouch by folding it up and putting your gadget inside. Mark and sew the button in place based on how long you left your elastic cord. If you sew your button on through only the outer fabric, the inside of the pouch will be nice and smooth. Make sure you add a shank to your button (we’ll do a post later on hand sewing buttons) so the elastic cold has something to hold onto.
Close it up
Now you want to top stitch the hole you left open closed. You don’t really need to pin for this step unless you having troubles keeping things from moving around.
Fold the bottom up to meet the top and pin everything in place. Top stitch the sides down, making sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of each line of stitching. You can see here where I might have benefited from top stitching after I pressed the whole thing earlier, but I’m not too worried about it.
Now put your phone inside and enjoy the coziness!
Leave any questions you might have in the comments section of this post and I’ll do my best to demystify :)