We’d like to welcome back, Jilly Hollman. Jilly has been a frequent Sew Mama Sew contributor, bringing us great projects like the Embroidered Portraits and Smitten Mittens. Now she brings us this cute iPhone wallet!

iPhone wallet that carries it all… in no space at all!

This cute canvas case holds everything you need to pop out for an errand with – iPhone, keys, cash, cards, even earbuds – yet is small enough to fit in your palm! A wrist strap makes it easy to avoid misplacing, and the cute vintage phone fabric adds a retro touch.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • pen & paper
  • scissors
  • sewing machine
  • 1 fat quarter of cotton canvas, or similarly sturdy fabric (you can order the retro phone print I used, Preppy Phone 2 in Linen Cotton Canvas Ultra, at Spoonflower.com
    matching thread
  • 9×12” felt square in any color
  • 1 ½” metal swiveling lobster clasp
  • 12” strip of ¾” wide sticky-back Velcro (hook-and-loop) fastener
  • 12” strip of ¾” wide sew-on Velcro (hook-and-loop) fastener
  • 1 ¾” x 2 ½” piece of poster board or thin cardboard (I used a cereal box)

Step 1: Measure and Cut Custom Pattern Pieces

This is a soft case, so it is best used (for maximum phone protection) in combination with a hard case for your phone. To obtain the right measurements, place your phone in its hard case and measure the dimensions (length, width, depth). Also measure the distance from the edges, and the parameters, of the camera lenses on the back. Using these measurements, create 2 mock-ups of your phone on paper: 1 showing length and width (with camera lens area cut out) and 1 showing length and depth.

Draw a rectangle with the following dimensions on the wrong side of the canvas:

  • Length: 2x the length of the larger mock-up + 1”
  • Width: 1x the width of the smaller mock-up + 2x the width of the larger mock-up + 1 ½“

To check if you have measured correctly, place the smaller mock-up in the center of the rectangle you drew. Place the larger mock-up to the right of it, leaving ¼“ space between them. There should be a ½“ between the top and bottom edges of both mock-ups, and between the right edge of the larger mock-up, and the outline of the rectangle you drew.

Cut out the rectangle (Rectangle A). Cut another rectangle with the same dimensions out of your canvas, and another one out of your felt.

Cut 2 more rectangles out of your canvas, each with the following dimensions:

  • Rectangle B:
    Length: Same as that of rectangles you just cut
    Width: 5 ¾“
  • Rectangle C:
    Length: 5 ¾“
    Width: 6”

Step 2: Cut & Sew Accessory Pattern Pieces

Cut accessory pattern pieces with the following measurements from your canvas:

  • Keyring loop piece: 2 ½“ x 1 ½“
  • Earbud holder strap piece: 2” x 1 ½“
  • Wrist strap piece: 15” x 2”
  • Closure strap pieces (cut 2): 2 ½“ x 4”
  • Earbud holder pieces (cut 2): 2 ¾“ x 3 ½“

To make the keyring loop, place the keyring loop piece on a flat surface, wrong side facing up, and fold the two longer sides towards each other so that they meet in the center. Fold again, with the center line as fold line. Press. Topstitch very close to the edge that has two layers, sewing them closed.

To make the earbud holder strap and the wrist strap, follow the procedure above with the earbud holder strap piece and wrist strap piece, respectively.

To make the closure strap, sew the two closure strap pieces to each other on two of the long sides and one of the short sides, right sides together, leaving a ½“ seam allowance. Clip corners, trim seams, and turn inside out.

Cut off about 1” of the sew-on Velcro. Pin one side to the closure strap, about ½” from the sewn short side and in between the long sides. Sew on by stitching very close to the edges of the piece of Velcro.

To make the earbud holder, follow the procedure above. Cut two ½“ diagonal slits in the cardboard piece so that it resembles photo below, and push cardboard piece into fabric earbud holder. Feel where the slits are through the fabric and draw lines to show where they are. Then sew around those lines as you would sew a buttonhole, except with one end open where the slit meets the edge. Cut open through the slit as you would a buttonhole.

Tuck the seam allowances in on the unsewn side. Place the earbud holder strap in between them, so that about ½” – ¾” is hidden. Topstitch across, close to the edge.

Step 3: Assemble and Sew Pocket and Case

Place Rectangle C on a flat surface, wrong side facing up and 6” edges on top and bottom. Fold the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Press.

Place Rectangle B on a flat surface, right side facing up and 5 ¾” edges on top and bottom. Place folded Rectangle C on top of it, centered from left to right, and with bottom (two-layer) edge lined up with bottom edge of Rectangle B.

Thread the keyring loop through the lobster clasp so that raw edges meet. Pin keyring loop so that raw edges line up with right edge of Rectangle B, about an inch from the top. Pin earbud holder strap so that its raw edges line up with right edge of Rectangle C, about an inch from the bottom.

Carefully fold Rectangle B’s left edge over to meet its right edge, keeping Rectangle C and the two pinned accessories in place.

Sew along the right edge, leaving a ½” seam allowance. Turn inside out and press along left and right edges. This is your pocket.

Place felt Rectangle A on a flat surface and place one canvas Rectangle A on top of it, right side facing up. Place the other side of the 1” sew-on Velcro strip on top of the canvas Rectangle A, about 1” from its right edge and in between the top and bottom. Pin and sew.

Place the other canvas Rectangle A on a flat surface, right side up. Place the pocket on top of it so that the folded long edge on its left lines up with Rectangle A’s left edge. Pin in place.

Place the closure strap on top of it, Velcro side down, so that its raw edge lines up with Rectangle A’s right edge and it is in between the top and bottom. Pin in place. Fold your wrist strap in half lengthwise and place so that its raw edges line up with the bottom edge of Rectangle A, about ½” from its right edge. Pin in place.

Place the other canvas Rectangle A with the Velcro and felt Rectangle A sewn to it on top of what you just assembled, felt side up and Velcro to the left. Pin in place.

Making sure the accessories are all tucked in so you don’t sew over them, sew all around the edges of the pile you just assembled, leaving a ½” seam allowance and a gap of about 5” along the bottom seam. Sew back and forth a few times over the wrist strap and closure strap. Clip corners, trim seams, and turn inside out. Tuck the seam allowances in along the bottom edge and topstitch all the way around the case, as close as possible to the edge.

Step 4: Add Finishes

• Using the large paper mock-up with the camera lens area cut out as your guide, cut four strips of Velcro: one sew-on and one sticky-back strip the approximate length of the paper mock-up, leaving about a ¼” of space on top and bottom; and one sew-on and one sticky-back strip the approximate length from the bottom of the mock-up to the bottom of the camera lens cut-out area, leaving about a ¼” of space on top and bottom.

• Separate the strips. Pin the scratchy side of the sew-on strips in place on the open phone case so that the longer one is on the left of where the phone will fit and the shorter one is on the right, almost along the right edge of the phone case, with the bottom ¼” from the bottom edge and the top leaving room for the camera lens cut-out area in the top right corner. Sew in place. Place the soft side of the sticky-back strips onto the strips you just sewed on, matching sizes.

• Peel off the protective strips, exposing the sticky backs, and carefully place your phone (in its hard case) onto the exposed Velcro so that it is basically centered on them. Press hard. Remove your phone so that the soft strips stay adhered to it.

• Place large paper mock-up over case and trace with pen the outline of the camera lens cut-out area. Cut it out, through all three layers (2 canvas and 1 felt), with a scissors. Using the buttonhole foot on your sewing machine, sew an extremely tight zig-zag stitch all the way around the cut-out area.

And that’s it – you’re good to go! Leave the phone in its case all the time, or remove it when you feel like it. Load it up with everything you need to head out, and be amazed at how compactly you can carry all your essentials!