Mobile Phone Cover
I had quite a bit of pleather left over from when I made – this Tote Bag – so was looking for a way to use it up. My mother had been staying with me and needed mobile phone covers. She has a lot of phones. This is a quick and easy way to make a mobile phone cover. But you do need a blade and a ruler to cut your pleather as hand cutting with scissors with give an uneven edge. And you need to make sure the feed at the foot of your sewing machine doesn’t stick when you sew. Try using paper or tissue paper between the pleather and your sewing machine. Or pull each end really tight as you sew like I did.
You need: –
- matching colour thread
- sewing machine
- cutting knife
- large wooden board to cut on
- metal or firm ruler
You do: –
Place your phones on your piece of pleather and fold to get a sense of how big your covers need to be. If it’s a bit loose or tight it’s not a disaster. But you do need to allow for a seam to run along the bottom and one side. Using your ruler and your pencil mark where you need to cut. I needed a right angle ruler to make sure these covers were straight but don’t have one. So I used the corner of a piece of paper to help me get a 90′ angle on the corners.
I used a large wooden kitchen chopping board on which I cut the pleather. This cutter is really sharp so take great care. It will slice into the board. Make sure you hold your ruler firmly so it doesn’t move as you cut. It’s nigh impossible to fix ragged edges afterwards. Also try to cut in one go. It helps you achieve a perfect clean line.
Once you’ve cut your covers, fold and sew around the free edges. Make a backward forward stitch at each end so your stitching doesn’t come undone. And just like that you have a matching set of covers for your devices.
If you don’t have a sewing machine, you could punch holes and hand sew around with a thick cord. You could also use a heavy duty fabric in lieu of pleather provided it doesn’t fray. Stop Fray or wood glue should help seal the edges. If you’re really feeling crafty you could paint or glue initials, animal silhouettes or shapes like a heart onto your phone pouch.
And . . you could use this idea to make covers for your sunglasses or anything else that’s not too bulky.
Hope this mobile phone cover or any of my older DIY projects inspires you to DIY instead of buy.
See you right here next week.