Cell Phone / Gadget Purse

I'm so excited to be featured on the Moda Bake Shop, and praying this little tutorial makes sense. I'm constantly dropping my cell phone so I wanted to make a little case to protect it. It would also work great for other little gadgets like ipods. I made the handle with a little hook so that you can easily hook it to anything you'd like, your purse, diaper bag, whatever! The finished case measures approx. 3 1/2" x 5 1/2".

1 Moda Neptune Layer Cake
1 10 x 10" piece of Warm and Natural or similar batting
1 Sew on Snap, Size 4 or 1 " Velcro
1 Lanyard hook w/swivel (found w/jewelry making supplies at most craft stores)

Pick three coordinating fabrics from the layer cake of your choice.

Fabric 1 - Outside of case, and outside of flap.
Fabric 2 - Bottom of Case, handle and binding around flap.
Fabric 3 - Lining of bag, and inside of flap. (This picture shows a blue fabric, I ended up using a green one instead.

Out of fabric #1 you will need to cut two 4 1/4" x 4 1/4 inch squares. Out of fabric #2 you will cut one 4" x 4 1/4 inch square. Sew them together with fabric #2 in the middle using a 1/4" seam allowance. Unless indicated always use 1/4" seam allowance.

At this point I quilted the piece you just finished on top of a piece of batting with some simple stippling. I also quilted the flap (fabric #2, 3 1/4" x 3 inch square) onto some batting. This is completely optional. If you decide not to quilt it, you will need to sew the piece you just finished onto the batting by simply putting the fabric and batting together and sewing right down the center of the two seams.

Once the batting is attached to your fabric cut off any extra batting on the sides. Fold fabric in half with right sides together and pin sides together at the seams where the two coordinating fabrics meet. Sew down the sides of fabric and turn fabric right side out.


Cut a 3 1/4 x 3" square from fabric #3. This will be the inside of the flap.

If you opted not to quilt the outside of the flap to the batting, simply pin the flap, the batting and the inside of flap (fabric #3) with the right sides showing and batting in the middle together.
Now your going to cut the binding for the flap.
Next you will cut 3 pieces out of fabric #3. Two pieces 4 1/2" x 1 1/2" and one piece 3 1/4" x 1 1/2". Refer to picture below.

Sew the binding onto the flap by first starting with the top piece. Line up the tops of fabric with right sides together and sew across top.

Iron the fabrics open and attach side pieces the exact same way. Cut off any extra fabric on the bottom.

Flap Binding

I know everyone has there own way of binding. Mine probably is not the correct way, but it works for me. So here is how I do it........ Turn the flap around so your looking at the inside of the flap. Starting with the left side fold the piece of binding over by folding it in half length wise and then fold it over onto the inside of fabric and stitch down with needle and thread. When you come to the corner, fold down at an angle (like the picture below) fold in half and fold down onto fabric and stitch down like before.


Cut a 2 x 10" piece from fabric #2. First iron the bottom of fabric over 1/4 ". This will create a finished edge that you will need later.

Now fold the piece of fabric in half length wise and press, unfold and then fold the outside edges into the crease in the middle that you just made and press.

Fold in half again length wise press and then sew down the edge. I used a 3/8" seam allowance.

Cut a 2 " piece of fabric off of the handle that you just made. Make sure it's not from the edge that is finished. Thread it through the swivel.

Attach it to bag by putting the two ends of the fabric together then pin them to the to the left side of the bag and centered over the seam at the top.

Attach the unfinished edge of the handle to the right side of the bag, centered over the side seam with a pin.  Also, now is the time to attach the flap to the back of the bag.  Line up and center on the back of the bag with the inside of the flap pointing out and pin.


Cut two 4 1/4 x 5 3/4" pieces out of fabric #3. Place the two fabrics right side together and sew across the bottom (4 1/4"). Now sew up the sides leaving 1 1/2" opening on one of the sides.

Once this is done put the outside of bag inside of the lining piece that you just made. The lining piece should be turned inside out. Line up the tops of fabric, making sure that the handle pieces are inside of the bag. Line up the side seams and pin, (your pins should be going through the outside and lining of bag and the handles). Sew around the top of purse.

Pull the outside of bag through the 1 1/2" opening that you made. It should look like the picture below. Now just tuck the lining down inside the bag.

Attach lanyard hook to handle by threading it through and sewing it two fabrics together.

Sew on your snaps with a needle and thread and your finished!!!

One very cute Cell Phone or Gadget Case. Or if your really ambitious you could actually make 14 of these things out of 1 layer cake.
Tutorial by Nicole from Our Cozy Nest


Felicia said...

What a great idea! I especially like the swivel hook. I'm going to have to try this one.

home-made-grown-sewn said...

My Daughter only said last week that she wants to make a phone cover as her first sewing project so thanks!

Potpourri said...

Thanks for this I love the swivel hook. Is it possible to make this tutorial printer friendly? It would cut down on my ink and paper consumption. Thanks.

rachel griffith said...

good job nicole.
this is cute!!!

My name is Cheryl said...

Nice tutorial. I love fast easy projects. So, I may give this a go as I am continually dropping my phone too.

scarlette said...

cool. i like this style - scarlette-gabby

AnnieOfBlueGables said...

Is there some printer friendly button? I'd love to make one of these, maybe more, but without the instructions printed beside me, it would be rather awkward to be running back and forth between machine and computer.
thanks for this wonderful blog.

~Q~ said...

Neat!!! Will there be a printer friendly option? Or am I missing it this time around?

Jeni said...

This is super cute! Thanks for showing us.

Angela said...

The Printer Friendly Version has been posted to the end of the post.

Jennifer said...

Cute! I need to pick up some batting and make one for my phone!

Jenny said...

Oh wow This is so cute!! i love it. I will have to make me one now.
Your just so creative.

Katie said...

This is a great idea! I am going to make these for Christmas gifts this year, thanks!

sewmarm said...

Great idea, very neat job!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...


Potpourri said...

Thank you so much for the printer friendly feature. Now I am off to see a couple of these great little projects.

V and Co. said...

super cute nicole!!!

Sharon said...

I love this. I was looking for anew project, and now I've found it. Thanks. Love that swivel hook!

melly~ said...

excellent tutorial! i've made two in as many days.
photos on my blog, on this

Creative Minx said...

I was looking for a case for my Blackberry at the store the other day and couldn't find one. This is GREAT! Thank you so much!!!

trends-gadget said...

your post is great idea!
thanks,for shared!

Farida said...

very clever
Thanx for sharing.......

Wendy_MT said...

Nicole, I just wanted to share with you pictures of my completed Cell Phone / Gadget Purse. This was such a cute pattern and just what I needed to give my nieces for their birthday. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful project! Here's the link to my pictures: http://why-knot-kwilt.blogspot.com. Hope this works as I don't know how to forward you the pictures. :)

Mcmillan said...

This site is very good site. I was suffering cramps in my sides. I thought at this point I was done, but another quick glance at the graph set me off again rolling around on the sofa. I like this site.

CJ said...

I love this cell phone bag and am going to try it this weekend. Can anyone tell me where I can find the swivel loop? I found the lanyard hooks but am having a hard time finding the swivel loop in a small size.

Stacy said...

I am trying to make this. I am a new sewer and think this may be out of my league. Where did you attach the flap? I see it attached in the photos but I can not find anywhere in the instructions. I am sure it's there. I just can;t find it. Could someone please help me? Thank you!

KatKing said...

I agree with Stacy, I hope someone can tell when you attach the flap cuz I can't tell from the directions either. I'm going to try and hope it still turns out well with me guessing! Looks great otherwise!

Wren said...

brilliant idea i can now have a creative case for my sony ericsson z800i. that case could made as wallet too.

Stephanie D. said...

Sorry, but this was so confusing, there's no way I'll attempt it--and I'm a quilter.

Unknown said...

I really like this project a lot, and I've started it, but I got halfway through and realized that there are no instructions for attaching the flap. Could someone help please?

barb said...

I also am having problems with the flap. Have the instructions been updated?!

Nicole said...

I feel bad, I know some of these comments were left forever ago, but hopefully this will help someone. You attach the flap at the same time you attach the little handle. Pin it to what will be the back of the bag with the front side of the flap against the back. Then continue on with the pattern. Any more questions feel free to email me at ncl.willmore@gmail.com