Saturday, June 22, 2013

iPhone Sleeve with Strap and Pockets

I have a simple project to share with you today that is a great scrapbuster.  It is quick and easy - the best type of project in my opinion.

Do you ever have this problem - You are going out for a walk but you don't have any pockets and thus no place to hold your phone, keys, and/or money?  Happens to me all the time.

I've tried a fanny pack but didn't really like it.  So one morning I did some brainstorming and came up with this handy dandy iPhone sleeve with a strap and pockets.

pocket for your keys

The starting point of this creation was this easy tutorial for an iPhone Sleeve by Erin Erickson at Dog Under My Desk.  I just simply added two pockets and a strap.  And viola - I had a solution to my no pocket problem!

pocket for your cash and i.d.

For my fabrics, I just headed to my stash.  I had bought some fat quarters when I was making my friendship braid quilt thinking I was going to do something different on the back but I didn't end up using them.  And as I bonus, there was some extra binding from the quilt that would be the perfect starting point for the handle.

It took me just over an hour to complete and before I took it out for a spin, I posted a picture to instagram.  It wasn't long before my sister saw it and requested one of her own.  Perfect, that would give me a chance to tweak anything that I didn't like and to make a tutorial so I could share this project.

So, here goes:

  • Piece together 2" strips to make two strips that measure 54" in length (feel free to make smaller or bigger, shorter or longer.  In fact, I think I might even use 1 3/4" or even 1 1/2" strips if I make another one.  The first one I made was 2 1/2" but I felt that was a little too wide.)
  • Cut 2" strips from fusible interfacing and fuse to the wrong side of the each strip.
  • Place the two strips together and stitch down one of the long sides with a 1/2" seam allowance.  Press the seam open.  Also press under 1/2" on the short sides.  (Remember those tweaks I mentioned?  This is one of them but yet I failed to do it while I made the second one so you won't be seeing a nice clean finished edge in the photos.)
  • Fold in one of the outer raw edges so that it just touches the raw edge of the seam allowance and press.
  • Repeat for the other outer raw edge.
  • Fold the handle strip in half along the seam, with wrong sides together and press.
  • Edgestitch down all four sides.
  • Topstitch each side.
  • Set aside.

  • SLEEVE - Cut two pieces of fabric 10 3/4" x 4".
  • SLEEVE - Cut one piece of lightweight interfacing 10 1/2" x 3 3/4".
  • SLEEVE - Cut one piece of fusible fleece 10 1/2" x 3 3/4"
  • SLEEVE - Fuse interfacing and fleece to wrong side of fabric (one on each) and set aside for a moment.
  • POCKET - Cut two pieces of fabric 7 3/4" x 4".
  • POCKET - With right sides together, sew short sides with 3/8" seam.
  • POCKET - Turn right side out, press, and edgestitch along sewn edges and set aside while you work on the sleeve again.

Sorry, the bottom row of pictures is out of order.
  • SLEEVE - Place fabric right sides together and sew all around with a 3/8" seam allowance, leaving a 3" gap on one side for turning.
  • SLEEVE - Clip corners.
  • SLEEVE - Turn right side out and carefully poke out corners.
  • SLEEVE - Press well.
  • SLEEVE - Hand stich the opening shut (unless you are lazy like me.)
  • With the sleeve right side facing up, measure 1 1/2" from left edge and place the pocket, also right side up.  Baste along the the unfinished pocket edges.  (Or, for the lazy people like me, simply pin together.)
  • Place one end of the strap near the top left of one short end of the sleeve, right sides facing up on each piece.  I didn't really measure, use your best judgement as to where you would like the strap to be.
  • Top stitch across the top, making sure to catch the strap.
  • Take the other end of the strap and place near the top left of the other short end of the sleeve, this time with right sides together.  I sort of messed this part up in my first one which resulted in an always twisted strap when wearing.  Not a big deal, but I recommend taking the time to think about this step.
  • Top stitch across the top, making sure to catch the strap.

  • Fold sleeve in half.
  • Stitch as close to the edges as you can, making sure to catch all of the layers.

And that is all!  Now go out for a walk and enjoy the fruits of you labor.

PLEASE NOTE - measurements are for an iPhone 4 or 4S.  You will need to make adjustments if you have a different phone.

I am sharing this at these parties.


  1. This is a great tutorial!! TFS!! Stopping by from Ginger Snap Crafts and a follower here and BlogLovin'.

    Here is what I shared this week: Stop by when you have a moment :-D

    1. Thanks so much Alisha. I am now following you as well on BlogLovin.