DIY: Phone Pouch Free Tutorial

When I posted the picture of my newest cell phone pouch on Facebook I saw that you really liked it, so I decided to show you how to make one for your own phone. So, I sat down, and made this DIY free tutorial.

Before we start, I want to look back at my brief history of making phone pouches. These guys are my first  pouches. I made them at the beginning of my crochet obsession, and wrote a post about them here.

This pouch was made in October of 2013. It's very easy to make, and you can find the link to the free pattern in this post.

If you're familiar with the basics of sewing you will be able to easily make this cute phone pouch. Just one more note before we start. Plaid fabric on the pictures always represent the inner bag (lining) and plain fabric the outer bag. So, let's get started!

Supplies needed:

* crochet thread for doilies
* 2 rectangular pieces of medium or heavyweight fabric for the outer bag
* 2 rectangular pieces of lightweight fabric for the inner bag (lining)
* one small piece of Velcro tape (hook & loop tape)

1. First decide which flowers you want to crochet. I found the pattern for my flowers in this Japanese craft book, but there are so many beautiful and free flower patterns on the Internet. If you spend some time on Pinterest, you will find plenty of beautiful flower patterns. Make as many flowers as you wish. I made only three, but you can make a whole bouquet of flowers.

2. Measure your phone.

3. Cut out the fabric for the outer and inner bag. For the outer bag, as well as for the inner bag you need to cut out 2 rectangular pieces of fabric which are 4 cm (1,6") wider and 6 cm (2,4") longer than your phone.

4. Finish raw edges with Zig-Zag stitch to protect them from fraying. It isn't necessary step, so you can skip it if you want.

5. Sew on your previously crocheted flowers on the right side of the fabric for the outer bag. Arrange them as you like, play with them a little to find the best possible composition.

6. Embroider the stems and the leafs. Decide on how many stems and leafs do you want. Don't make too many leafs though. You know the phrase: "less is more", and I totally agree with that. I embroidered my stems and leafs with back stitch. If you don't know how to do it, you can learn watching this video.

7. Cut the small piece of velcro tape approximately 1.5 cm (0,6") tall  and 4 cm (1,6") wide. You should sew on the velcro tape on the right side (if the fabric has the right and wrong side) of the inner bag's fabric. So, place the loop side of the velcro tape on one piece of the fabric, abut 2 cm (0,8") below the top. Make sure to place it in the middle, in the same distance from the left as well as from the right side of the fabric. Then place the hook side on the second piece of the inner bag's fabric. Carefully sew around all four sides of the velcro tape. It might be a little tricky, so sew slowly.

8. Take the pieces of the outer bag's fabric and place them facing right sides together. Sew around the sides and bottom edge. Do the same with the inner bag.

9. Trim the corners at the bottom of your inner and outer bag.

10. Fold the seams inward and press them with iron.

11. Turn the outer bag right side out.

12. Place your outer bag inside the inner bag (lining). The right side of the outer bag should be facing the right side of the lining.

13. Sew a 1.5 cm (0,6") seam around the top of the pouch.

14. Leave the small opening on one side.

15. Turn the pouch right side out through the opening you left, and push the lining inside the bag.

Press the opening closed and top stitch around the opening of the bag, very close to the edge. This will close your opening and make everything look nice. Introduce the pouch to your phone.

Hope you will like this tutorial. Sewing is not my area of expertise, especially sewing terminology (yet in English!), and it is quite possible that I've made some mistakes, so if you encounter any, please let me know in the comments.

Enjoy the tutorial and have a nice week!

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