Quick and easy iPhone case.
Crochet iPhone Case – Lately I’ve been feeling a burning desire to start crocheting again (I think it was around Christmas the last time I picked up a hook). At this time of year, it’s not like we need scarves, cowls or beanies so I wasn’t sure what I should make but then I saw some really cute iPhone cases on Pinterest and thought that would be a great project to get me back in the crocheting game again. I looked at a few patterns and in the end, just sort of came up with my own design. It’s ridiculously easy and quick – it took me about an hour and I’m a pretty slow crocheter. Even beginners can handle this fun project.
- Size 5 bulky weight yarn in 1 or 2 colors – approx. 35 yards – (I used Bernat Roving)
- Crochet hook 1 size smaller than recommended on yarn packaging (I used 5.5mm or US 9)
- Button of your choice
- Darning needle
- Sewing needle
- Your phone (to make sure the fit is what you want)
This case will have a more structured feel and appearance if you keep the tension on this firm and tight and consistent throughout the project.
- sl st = slip stitch
- sc = single crochet
- ch = chain
Click here if you have any trouble knowing or remembering which stitches these are.
Keep in mind I’m a novice pattern maker so I hope this all makes sense.
iPhone Case Pattern Instructions:
- Make a slip knot and then chain 6 to 8 chain stitches (ch) together. Remember to keep the tension pretty tight. Basically you want to have the chain be the same width of your phone when the chain is stretched firmly. If you want the case to have a snug fit, (ch) 6 but if you want it a little more loose and roomy then (ch) 7 or 8 stitches.
- Round 2. Not turning your work, (sc) in the second chain from the end (the same end your hook is) and continue this in every stitch back across the entire row. 2 (sc) in the last stitch.
- Round 3. With your work still facing you, turn around the corner so that you’re now working into your original chain and still working right to left, 2 (sc) in the first stitch then (sc) the rest of the stitches in the row except 2(sc) in the last stitch. Repeat this for as many rows you need until you have achieved the correct width to fit the bottom of your phone (probably about 3-5 rows total depending on how snug or roomy you want your cover). Keep your phone handy to test and make sure the fit is good.
- Round 4, 5 or 6 onward. 1 (sc) in each stitch for each row until you’re near the top of your phone.
- Second last row. Here you can either keep your yarn color the same or add your second color. Starting at one side of the case, do one more row of (sc) and then at the end of that row change to 1 (sl st) in each stitch. When you reach the exact middle of your case, (ch) 30 stitches so that you have a long chain and then do 1 (sl st) in the stitch that your chain originated in so that the chain becomes a loop that will go over the button. Then carry on around the rest of the row until you’re back where you started. Fasten off and weave in any loose ends with your darning needle.
- Put your phone in the case and pull the chained loop over. Mark where the end of your loop falls, centered on the case, and then stitch your button on in that exact spot.
You could use this pattern for any phone or tablet, just increase a number of stitches at the beginning to accommodate for the extra width. These would make great gifts too.
Felt Flower Design iPhone Case
Felt Flower Design iPhone Case Tutorial – A few weeks back I came across this gorgeous pin of Felt Flower Sachets by The Purl Bee. I totally fell in love with the design but to be completely honest, I’m not really a sachet kind of gal. It did however, get me thinking – I had been trying to come up with a design for a iPhone case and preferably something out of felt… bingo, the felt flower design but on a phone case. I went into my Adobe Illustrator program and started drafting a template for the design. In less than an hour, I had completed my beautiful new iPhone case and I just love it! I used a gorgeous charcoal grey for the body of the case because I don’t think it will show dirt easily but use any colour you prefer. I’ve also made a couple variations with pockets but you can add any extra’s on that you’d like – a button for a closure or the middle of the flower would look cute too.
- Download template above. I’ve also included a variation to add a pocket if you’re so inclined.
- Cut out template, trace design with fabric pen onto felt and cut out.
- Take your long, outer piece of felt, fold in half (pin the outside edges into place) and use a ruler to find the middle. Lay out your larger petals from that mid point towards the outside so that there’s about .25″ left between the tip of the petal and the outside edge of the case. Lay out the other 3 petals in the same manner.
- Take your glue and put a thin strip along the middle of one petal from tip to tip. Place back onto case into position. Repeat with the rest and then do the same with the smaller petals on top. Really, I just eyeball it to make sure it looks even. Let the glue dry.
- Remove pins, unfold felt and sew the petals from the outside tip of one petal across to the second petal. Repeat with the other two petals so that essentially, you’ve just sewn an X in the middle of your case. *If you’re making the case with the added pocket this is when you’d pin then sew the top edge (closest to the flower design) of the 2 long felt pieces together with a 1/8″ seam.
- Fold in half so that the short side (which will become the top opening) are perfectly even and pin edges of case, sew with edges from the top downwards with a 1/8″ seam.
- Trim off any stray threads, grab your iPhone and insert into case and admire! (please note that if you already have a protective case around on your iPhone that’s quite thick you may not be able to fit your phone in this case – you’d have to make the template slightly wider to accommodate for the added case thickness ).
Click for your free printable iPhone 5 template download
After 3 long years, my cellular contract is up and I’m finally, finally able to upgrade from my iPhone 3G. Yes, I said 3G. Considering the fact that I’m a bit of tech toy junkie I consider this wait to upgrade a momentous triumph – also considering I’m about the least patient person I know.
Finally this past weekend I got my new phone and I couldn’t be happier with it. I was able to pick out a free cover to go with the phone (although the choices were pretty slim) so I picked a very simple see through cover, purple in honour of my daughter’s favourite colour. After I got home, I thought that it was actually a pretty boring cover and I had to do something to spruce it up. I had the idea to add some nicely designed paper to the back cover. This wasn’t a novel idea but I measured everything and laid it out properly using illustrator and had it fine tuned to one sixteenth of an inch. A few posts back I added a free Project Life journaling card template so I thought I’d just use the same design elements to create the printable iPhone templates to go under my phone case.
They turned out so well… I just love them. I’ve decided that they’re too nice to keep for myself so I want to share them with you HERE. Just print and then cut out. I used an xacto knife with a swivel blade for the little hole where the camera is and it worked really well.
Enjoy and let me know what you think.