DIY Wool Felt iPhone Sleeves

Guest post by Marisa of Omiyage

It seems like everybody and their brother (sister, uncle, grandmother & niece) has a smartphone these days. 4 out of 5 of the adults in our not-terribly-tech-savvy family has an iPhone. So why not play into the cellphone obsession and gift handmade iPhone sleeves this holiday season?

Simple to make, no fancy or expensive materials needed.  So simple, in fact, you could whip up a whole stack in one afternoon. It's a fantastic way to give something personal and tackle an extensive gift list at the same time. Plus these sleeves make great gifts for the hard-to-buy-or-make-for guys in your life!

What makes these sleeves extra-special is the clever pocket created between the 2 pieces of felt. Perfect for slipping your transit pass, credit card or cash into.

I'll give you the dimensions to create sleeves which can fit iPhone 4, 4S or 5 models. But, you could easily adapt this project to fit any phone.

You will need:
Wool felt ( The colours I used are Black, Graphite, Smoke, Magenta and Swan)
Sewing machine w thread

1. Cut 2 pieces of wool felt.
For the iPhone 4/4S, the pieces should be sized 8cm x 24cm (3 1/8" x 9 1/2").
For the iPhone 5, the pieces should be sized 8cm x 26cm (3 1/8" x 10 1/4").
2. Decide which piece of felt will be the outer layer of your sleeve. Make a diagonal cut from the top left corner to 6cm (2 3/8") down the right side. You can put aside the triangular piece of felt that is cut off - you won't need it for this project.

3. Lay the two pieces of felt on top of each other. Sew the short straight edges together. You will want to use a small seam allowance of about 4mm (1/8"). Rather than sewing all the way across, leave a space of 4mm (1/8") at each end of your line of stitches. Trim excess thread.

4. Fold felt in half so that the seam you have just sewn becomes the top back edge and the piece of felt with the angled edge is the front. Ensure all sides line up. Pin. 

5. Using the same 4mm (1/8") seam allowance, stitch both sides. Trim excess thread. That's it!

Variation One - Two Pockets

Perhaps you fancy a second pocket, or, like me, want to add a bit more colour to your sleeve. It's as easy as sandwiching a third shorter piece of felt between the original two.

For this variation, you will need 3 pieces of wool felt.

For the iPhone 4 / 4S, you will need:
1 piece 8cm x 24cm (3 1/8" x 9 1/2")
1 piece 8cm x 22cm (3 1/8" x 8 5/8")
1 piece 8cm x 12cm (3 1/8" x 4 3/4")

For the iPhone 5, you will need:
1 piece 8cm x 26cm (3 1/8" x 10 1/4")
1 piece 8cm x 24cm (3 1/8" x  9 1/2")
1 piece 8cm x 13cm (3 1/8" x 5 1/8")

To construct, you will need to make the 6cm (2 3/8") diagonal cut (step 2 above) on both of the shorter pieces of felt. Then sew the 2 longer pieces together at the short straight edge (step 3). Finally, sandwich the smallest piece of felt between the other 2 on the front side before pinning and stitching the sides (steps 4-5).

Variation Two - No Pockets
If all this talk of angled cuts and sandwiches has your head spinning, or you have no need for a pocket on your phone sleeve, simplify simplify simplify! Skip step 2 and repeat step 3 on both short edges. Then fold, stitch & done!

Happy holidays & happy crafting!

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Jan Halvarson



I will be definitely making one for my nice it is :)

Lori P said...

Love this! I did something fairly similar this past year without a sewing machine. Here's the link:

feltonthefly said...

Such a cute, simple and practical project. Love that extra pocket! Even if you don't have a sewing machine, this cozy would be simple enough to stitch by hand with embroidery floss or extra-strong thread. Consider using pure wool felt as it's more environmentally friendly than wool blends and holds up better with handling.

Nancy said...

This is so clever! I can't wait to make one for my iPhone.

Unknown said...

This is so pretty!

Apsolutely Me! said...

This are really pretty.. I like the idea of a color slightly peeking out of the case.

Eva Mari said...

Made one for my son, wool felt, leather and TAP transferred image from file made in Elements. Wonderful tut! Thank you so much!

Best regards from Eva Mari in Norway :)

Unknown said...

I'm new to all of this... How do you make the inside of the case a different color ?

Anonymous said...

I made one on the fly for my husband until he gets his armor case. I thank you for posting these instructions. I didn't even really follow them/ I saw how you cut out the felt and that's about it. :) His was without the pockets and is a very basic pouch but it will help protect it...really! I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

elizabeth love said...

Thank-you, very nice!