Well it has finally happened………after years of successfully avoiding ownership of a mobile phone, someone has now bought me one as a present! Not that I am against phones, it is just that I can become a little obsessive. When I owned a watch I couldn’t stop looking at it, when on a diet I continually check the scales (hourly!), my iPad stays downstairs otherwise I can be up all night – so imagine what I will be like with a phone! I also like time to myself – I don’t want to be contacted when I am walking the dog or on a beach somewhere. But then again (as someone pointed out to me), what if something happens to me – how will anyone know. So I have said that I will take it out with me when I am on my own, otherwise it stays at home!
Now in this new world – the most important thing to do next is make a phone cover!!! I can worry about the SIM card (whatever that might be) and phone tariffs some other time. I decided to make one out of thick felt as it is so easy to work with – and this is the end product (I forgot to take pictures as I was making it – so made a few more and took pictures of my progress).
To make the cover you will need:
- two thick squares of felt (large enough to cover the phone)
- a hair band
- contrasting fabric for the lining
- Thin fabric for decoration
- embroidery floss
- a large button
The first thing you will need to do is measure your phone and cut out the felt pieces big enough to cover this. I use a very thick felt for this part of the process (5mm). Then cut your lining, from a contrasting fabric, slightly longer than the felt pieces. It was at this stage that I appliqued and embroidered a pattern onto the front and back pieces of felt using the embroidery flosses and thinner felts. I quite liked the use of rhyming slang, but really wanted a collie dog – unfortunately my artistic talents couldn’t quite stretch to this! Pop a large button at the top of the front piece of felt.
The next job is to take the hair bobble (a flat ribbon type is best – but as you can see the rounder types also work). I cut the bobble in half and then machine stitched it several times to a small square of thick felt which I then sewed to the felt that is to make the back of the case. Hope this makes sense! The bobble and button will help to keep your phone securely in the case.
With right sides together, sew the two pieces of lining together – leaving the top open. Pop these in-between the two pieces of appliqued felt. I then used blanket stitch to sew together the felt pieces, with coloured embroidery floss.
Finally, turn the top of the lining down and stitch the lining to the felt at the top of the case. Et Voila…
Not to everyone’s taste – but I quite liked it! I am entering this world at my own pace!!!