I constantly look at adorable felted things online, and it’s kind of a practice in self loathing. I always think, “Hey, I know how they made that, I could make that for cheap.” but I never do because I’m lazy. Today I found the motivation, and turns out it’s one of the laziest crafts you could think of. For a grand total of $2.00 I made my own iPhone case in under an hour. There is no reason to ever pay for any kind of technology cover when it’s this easy.
The colors of said felt, thread, button, and embroidery floss/thread are entirely up to you. I’m demonstrating this craft with Blue and Bronze felt (Where my Ravenclaws at? Ca-CAAAWWW) with brown embroidery floss and a brown button.
Essentially, measure your phone and add an inch to allow for 1/2″ seam allowances on what color felt you decide is going to be the front panel of your case (ex. My iPhone is 4 1/2″ long by 2 1/4″ wide so I cut out a rectangle from my blue felt that was 5 1/2″ by 3 1/4″.) On the felt you decide is going to be your back panel you’re going to add 2 inches to the length (mine is bronze felt and 8 1/2″ by 3 1/4″), this extra 2 inches will be the flap that buttons and keeps the phone inside the case.
Use whatever color is also your back panel, or another color if you feel so inclined, and trace or draw a design large enough for you to cut out neatly (but no larger than 3″ square if you’re making this for an iPhone or similarly sized device). I used this image, resized it, printed it out, and traced it onto the felt.
If you don’t know what needle felting is, you should. It’s where you just stab one piece of felt into another piece of felt until it’s one fabric. It’s really good stress relief. You do need a needle felting tool and a mat, but it’s worth it to have them because of the ease and speed with which you can do projects like this. If you do chose to needle felt it, make sure you’re only needle felting the design to the front panel, leave the back panel on the table. If you don’t feel like going out and getting tools you don’t already have, you can fabric glue the whole thing and just wait for it to dry according to the directions on the bottle. You can sew the edges together by putting the wrong sides together and turning it inside out once you’ve sewn all the way around using a matching thread color, or you can blanket stitch or any other decorative border stitch in a contrasting embroidery floss. I chose to do a blanket stitch on this one, but for my Direwolf I chose to do a seam inside and turn it right side out.
That’s it! A completely customizable, affordable, phone case with only about an hour of active work. Let me know what your case is going to have on it in the comments below, and also, if you haven’t already, please take the time to go vote for us in the Bloggies (!!!!BEst neW wEBloG ahhHHHAhhhh!!!!) and head over to kittyandbuck.com where we’ve currently got an ad running and take a look around, we promise you’ll enjoy yourself over there too. (And a BIG thanks to Shell!!! We adore you.)