diy | envelope cell phone case

8.25.2011
This idea was inspired by the diy envelope clutch and a serious need for a cell phone case. Definitely one of those happy accidents...   I love its clean lines and minimal look, every fold and stitch is there for necessity. It also has this surprise effect when closed… you’re not really sure what it holds until it's opened. Turns my cell phone into a ninja… who doesn't love that?


Materials:
- leather
- topstitching thread
- scissors
- stitching awl
- e6000 glue
- needle
- tape

Steps:
1. Print out SwellMayde cell phone case pattern (here) on 8.5" x 11" paper. Make sure to use the original size and do NOT scale image when printing (should fit a variety of phones). Lay pattern over leather, tape in place.
2. Use stitching awl to poke holes as marked on the pattern.
3. Cut out pattern.
4. Hand stitch using thick topstitch thread around outer edge of . You can find a video tutorial (here). Or the edgestitch can be sewn using your home sewing machine and simply skip step 2.
5. Overlap left and right sides and ine up the poked holes. Sew together, knot ends.
6. Put a dab of e6000 glue to bottom edge (leather side up).
7. Tuck flap inside, and hold in place so glue sets in.
8. Voila! A SwellMayde DIY Envelope Cell Phone Case.

54 comments:

augustalolita said...

these are so adorable!! love the way they turned out <3

Tori said...

Very cool idea! I love it<3
-Tori
fashiontrendsmore.com

P.S. There is a giveaway on my blog right now!:)

elle said...

love love love!! so cool!!!

Aney said...

Incredible! If only I had enough patience for this :( haha

Natalie of Fashion Intel said...

These RULE and you RULE!

Lara said...

Great!!!! beautifull!!!! XD

xoxo
Lara

xJOLE said...

Any chance you would ever set up an e-shop? Love this, but lack the materials and skills :(

Steffys Pros and Cons said...

youre so creative!! they look amazing!!

<3 steffy
Steffys Pros and Cons

Michelleesque said...

Thank you so much for the DIY! I'll definitely try this out!

Little Lo Hood said...

OH fantastic! so so cute! I need to make one! :) -Lo

Irene Wibowo said...

thanks for sharing.. I love it! I think i will make one.. :)

http://lovesimplegreen.blogspot.com/
Irene Wibowo

Chelsea Lane said...

this is so totally cute! I love all the leather colors you used too!

xoxo

Morgane-Amandine said...

Wahouuu! love it really!

www.theblondiediary.blogspot.com

Nikki said...

I need one of each color! You really should open up a shop!

Anonymous said...

totally agree with Nikki!

if you do...i would buy one for sure!! these are amazing!! great design!!

Serendipity Max said...

LOVE this. Definitely going to have to try. Need to give your clutch bag a try too xx

Firdaus said...

I don't have time or the skills to make this, but it looks so good! Such a gorgeous way to safely store your phone. Is it there any possible chance for me to buy one from you??
Firdaus - www.beautyisthespot.blogspot.com (latest follower!)

tessa said...

this is TOO cute!

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Anonymous said...

amazing!! :) these are the cutest cell phone cases!

jess said...

It looks so great.

sajuki said...

thanks for sharing. i'll try to do it :)
http://sajuki.blogspot.com/

Pich and Roor said...

aww I'm glad you liked the collage! Since I made the collage through polyvore.com so the only link I have to that sketch is to a tumblr if you click the collage it shows the details, but I'd love to see more of those sketches they're so cute!!

Wida said...

This tutorial is so awesome! Thank you!!

Wida
Missing Amsie Blog

alex said...

I am obsessed with your blog.. an instant favorite! Sometimes DIY blogs are so stuffy, crafting uber complicated projects humans like me could never do :( hate that, love this! I can't wait to make one of these clutches, I think even my boyfriend would love it. Keep it up!

xx, Alex
www.theleatherweather.com

Sleepy Darlings said...

looks like a fun project, and the colors you picked make it that much more appealing! You could also use different kinds of stitches for the edges if you were feeling crafty...

sleepydarlings.blogspot.com

Anna said...

so cute! I'm loving it!

blair said...

amazing-ness!! great design!!

Neysa Bové said...

brilliant! I love it! very chic case for the iphone ;) xxo -nb

♥byAnja said...

amazing,really love them!!! and your whole blog,u have great style!!!

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DailyGlamour said...

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Miki's scrapbook said...

What an awesome tutorial! Thanks for sharing! ;) Hope you're having a fab weekend!

Miki.

TheGirl said...

I seriously love your tutorials like crazy! You do such a great job at telling the steps with pictures, words aren´t even need! Please keep it up <3

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Anonymous said...

Where did you get this great leather?

Anonymous said...

Awesome!
Can you please make a pattern for iPad and MacBook Air cases?

irem said...

looks great, thank you for the pattern, I'll try it =)

Andrea Lynne Rose said...

This is perfect for phones and looks so easy to do!
-andrea lynne rose
http://www.katiespencilbox.com/

Chochi said...

Very great idea! Loving it :3

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Marloes said...

Wwwwooaaaw love this! I gave it a try for my fancy new phone who'd been living in a sock for these past weeks, check it out if you feel like it:
http://specu-laas.blogspot.com/2012/01/diy-leather-phone-case.html

Thaaaanks for sharing :)

Anna said...

I was just checking out your envelope clutch tutorial. Haha. This one's cool too.

best cell phone skin said...

A lot of people forget that an iPhone is a very valuable piece of equipment and some people will just take them when they see them laying around.

Anonymous said...

Hi,can you sell this to me? Haha. Reply me at meishi777@gmail.com please. Thank you.

Shazia said...

can you use any other material like felt?
I really love the idea!! so cute!

illusion by elcin said...

super, spectacular,fantastic... Bravo

Crazy diamond said...

Hello! Thanks for this great tutorial! I made one yesterday, you can see it on my blog if you wish to have a look (it's in french!):
http://lescreasdudiamantfou.blogspot.fr/2012/06/une-housse-en-cuir-pour-ipod.html
It was the first time I sew leather so this is not perfect at all but I'm proud anyway! Thanks again. And sorry for my terrible english...

AMBER SHAW said...

Hey,
I think this is amazing what a wonderful idea. loved it your over all creations. keep it up.
Thank You

Yanti said...

Thank you fo r the creative idea! Here's mine, with some tweaks but still using your tutorial as the foundation.

http://lttlreminders.tumblr.com/post/26274729851/how-about-some-diy-fun-i-found-this-great

Once again, thank you!

An Geli Ka said...

This is such a good idea ! I am looking long time for an simple and easy way to store my samsung note ;-))... and it's really stylish!
Thanks for sharing - greatings from Germany
Angelika

Claire- theSITSgirls.com said...

I love the unisex-ness of this! Holiday gifts for everyone!!

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Jenny said...

Love these, it's a perfect gift idea and I think I'll make one for me too!

Aubrey Marvin said...

Can someone send me a link or let me know what kinda of leather this is?
Seems to be the perfect kind.

Where can i find it? :) thank you

Michèle said...

WOW! I'm starting now :)

xoxo :*

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The 36th Avenue said...

I love your tutorial... I will be featuring you tomorrow on my blog, over at the36thavenue.com

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