Today we’re excited to welcome Melissa of Your Handmade Home to the FQ blog with a wonderful tutorial in celebration of the 12 Days of Ruby Star.  Melissa is sharing her pattern for a unique iPhone case — one that is sure to be the envy of all of your friends. It’s also a great gift idea for the iPhone owners in your life.  We think it’s a particularly good item for those hard-to-shop-for teens on your list.

If you make one of Melissa’s iPhone cases, we’d love to see it!  Be sure to share it via the Fat Quarterly Flickr group.  And go visit Melissa on her blog and say a quick “hello”.  We’re sure she’d love to hear from you!

Fabric used: Ruby Star Spring & Ruby Star Shining by Melody Miller for Kokka

Materials needed:

  • Ruby Star Shining (Interior)- Two pieces at 9.5 cm (3 3/4”) x 14 cm (5 1/2”)
  • Ruby Star Shining (A) – Two pieces at 9.5 cm (3 3/4”) x 9 cm (3 1/2”)
  • Ruby Star Spring (B) – Two Pieces at 9.5 cm (3 3/4”) x 9 cm (3 1/2”)
  • Ruby Star Spring (Headphones pocket) – One 9 cm (3 1/2”) circle (I used the insect)
  • Fusible fleece – Medium loft – 2 pieces 9.5 cm (3 3/4”) x 14 cm (5 1/2”)
  • 5mm (1/4”) wide elastic 5 cm (2”)
  • One button to match fabric

Note: seam allowance used throughout is 1/4”

1) Place A and B right sides together and stitch – repeat with the other A and B pieces - then press seams.

2) Cut 2 cm (3/4”) from the top of the circle and stitch to one of the A pieces.
This will be the headphones pocket – so ensure you only stitch from A to B.


3) Iron on the fusible fleece to the wrong side of the pieces above.


4) Loop the elastic and pin in place at the top of the piece without the headphones pocket.


5) Place the fabric piece and one of the interior pieces right sides together and stitch at the top. Remove pin and press seams.

6) Repeat for the headphones piece and remaining interior piece. Press seams – be careful not to iron the elastic loop. You should now have two pieces as below.


7) Place these two pieces right sides together, matching up the seams and pin all the way around. Marking a 5 cm (2”) line on the back of the interior piece. This will be your opening for turning right side out.


8) Stitch all the way around the edge of the fabric – expect for the opening.

9) Clip excess and corners and over lock edges (I use a zig zag stitch)


10) Turn right side out and use a blunt object to push out the corners. I use a crochet hook. Then press – again making sure not to iron the elastic loop.


11) Tuck the interior into the case using the blunt object to push into the corners.

12) Mark the position of the button by folding over the elastic loop and marking the centre of the loop. Sew on the button.


13) Insert your phone and headphones and enjoy!!