Monday, November 18, 2013

DIY Ruffled iPhone Wallet

DIY Ruffled iPhone Wallet at my3monsters.com

I am always a little bit surprised to see which of my posts really hit with you guys and which ones kind of fizzle.  My iPhone wallet has been such a HUGE hit and I am thrilled that many of you have found it helpful.  The cute coral and navy one I originally made was looking a little dingy because I literally take it everywhere I go.  I could have just spot-cleaned it, but the snap was a little bulky and they're soooo easy to make, I decided to make a new one and tweak things a little bit.


DIY Ruffled iPhone Wallet Tutorial at my3monsters.com

Aside from adding the adorbs ruffle on the front, this version has an elastic closure that is a whole lot slicker than the snap.  I LOVE IT!!  I have also added a chipboard insert that makes it sturdier and better protects the phone inside.  It's just all around better, in my humble opinion.

Another problem people were having with the old tutorial was getting the pattern to print.  That may still be an issue, but I think we have figured out that, for some reason, if you are viewing my site via Pinterest and click the pattern link, it will not load.  If you come directly to my site and click the link it should work fine.  I know it's a hassle, but it will save you the trouble of emailing me and waiting for me to send the pattern directly to you.  You can still email me if you want, but this method might be faster!

Ok.  Let's go!

Ruffled iPhone Wallet Tutorial

Supplies:

1/4 yard of main fabric

1 strip of coordinating fabric 4" wide by 10"long for ruffle {or just use your main fabric again}

6" piece of 1/4" elastic
small piece of chipboard or thin cardboard
duct tape
exacto knife

inexpensive plastic case that fits your phone

needle& thread

E6000 craft glue
STEP 1:   Print out pattern pieces and cut out your fabric.  My pattern is sized to fit an iPhone 4, but you could adjust it to fit other sizes.  For this wallet you will NOT need to cut out the flap piece.

DIY Ruffled iPhone Wallet Tutorial at my3monsters.com
You may want to cut the camera hole just a hair bigger than your traced line just to make sure you don't have a weird dark "halo" effect in all your pictures from the fabric blocking the lens just slightly.  Ask me how I know that . . .
DIY Ruffled iPhone Wallet Tutorial at my3monsters.com
If you don't stitch across the bottom edge, your debit card will fall too low when you place it in the pocket.  The stitching ensures that your cards will always be easily accessible.  



DIY Ruffled iPhone Wallet Tutorial at my3monsters.com


DIY Ruffled iPhone Wallet Tutorial at my3monsters.com
I chose to top stitch across all these folds this time.  It's not necessary, but I liked the way it looked and it holds my cards a little more securely.  Here's a photo:


DIY Ruffled iPhone Wallet Tutorial at my3monsters.com


DIY Ruffled iPhone Wallet Tutorial at my3monsters.com


DIY Ruffled iPhone Wallet Tutorial at my3monsters.com


DIY Ruffled iPhone Wallet Tutorial at my3monsters.com


DIY Ruffled iPhone Wallet Tutorial at my3monsters.com


DIY Ruffled iPhone Wallet Tutorial at my3monsters.com


DIY Ruffled iPhone Wallet Tutorial at my3monsters.com
This gives it a nice, finished look.  Here is an actual photo of what it will look like from the outside of the wallet:


DIY Ruffled iPhone Wallet Tutorial at my3monsters.com


DIY Ruffled iPhone Wallet Tutorial at my3monsters.com


I used E6000 glue to attach my inexpensive plastic case to the inside of my wallet.  This is the kind of hard plastic case that your phone snaps into and stays put. The chipboard insert we added before sewing the cover shut in step nine ensures the glue will not bleed through your fabric.



Once the glue dries {several hours later -- I waited overnight} you can pop your phone in place and load it up.  When the phone is not in use, simply flip the elastic around to the back to keep the whole thing closed.

You could do a million variation to this pattern, using different fabric combinations and/or adding multiple layers of ruffles and ribbons to the front.  The options are endless. If you end up making one, leave me a link in the comments.  I would love to see how it turns out.  If you hit any hiccups along the way, shoot me an email and I'll try to help you figure it out.  Have fun sewing, friends!  

Also, don't forget to go and enter the i declare! charms necklace giveaway that I have going on right now!!  Just a few days left to enter . . . 

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