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Last month’s Whimseybox really set off a creative spark in me, and I’ve gotten inspired (BTW today is the last day to sign up and receive the November box so jump on it!). My last post was a felt craft roundup, but today I want to show you what I made with the supplies that came in the box.
Update: Whimseybox is sadly no longer in business, but you can find all the supplies for this project at your local craft store or online (links included below)!
This craft was the first in my series that I had created in a long, long time. Honestly, it is amazing to me the sense of accomplishment that I felt after making the first attempt (even if it wasn’t perfect) because I MADE IT. Graduate school be damned, this made me feel like an person who did things.
Felt Phone Wallet
I actually was able to make two of these with the supplies included, and I have plenty of thread in the silver and blue color to use for future projects. My first attempt came out great, despite the fact that I made it at 5am due to an inconvenient bout of cannot-go-back-to-sleep-because-the-dogs-woke-me-up-itis. Only problem was it wouldn’t fit an iPhone 5! Rats. We later discovered through extensive experimentation in the lab that it does actually fit an iPod Touch so if you have one that pattern is perfect for you.
I contemplated how to update the pattern to fit my significantly too long iPhone 5 and decided to add two inches in length to the pattern and a couple of other changes like making the strap a separate piece. After making it a bit longer it fit perfectly! If you don’t have a case on your phone, or you have an iPhone 4 or lower, you might want to reduce the length of the template by up to 1 inch to make the pocket smaller so you don’t have to reach down too far (or don’t if that doesn’t bother you). I’ve created an updated iPhone Felt Wallet Pattern for your crafting enjoyment.
What You Need
- 100% wool felt (any color you want) for exterior – it won’t pill as much as a blend and is soft
- 70% wool felt (any color) for interior – this is a thicker and stiffer felt, but doesn’t stay as smooth with wear so it’s better for an interior liner (and cheaper)
- Embroidery Floss (contrasting colors look good but your choice)
- Size 5 Embroidery Needle
- Clear Silver-lined Seed Beads 6/0
- Nickel Snaps
- Scissors or Rotary Cutter and Self-Healing Mat
- Download the iPhone Felt Wallet Pattern, print, and cut out.
- Trace onto your felt with pen or chalk (I didn’t have chalk so I used a sharpie). Use the rotary cutters or scissors to cut out the traced shapes.
- Remove approximately 1 arm length of 2 strands of the embroidery floss from the skein. (I used gray floss) Don’t forget to tie a knot on one end!
- Starting with the outer layer, use a simple straight stitch to attach the matching outer strap. Run the stitch around the outer edge of the hexagon and then tie off the thread. Knot the end of the thread again and use loop stitches to add the beads in a flower pattern (or pattern of your choice) to the center of the strap. This is both cute and functional as it helps to secure the strap to the body.
- Attach the male end of the snap to the upper inner liner with 3 loop stitches per hole to the upper center of strap.
- Use a whip stitch-like stitch to attach the upper and lower portions of the inner layer. I didn’t do this and sometimes my phone catches the lower portion. It’s mildly annoying. Save yourself the trouble, but make sure you line it up so it lays even against the lower layer
- Using a blanket stitch (quick tutorial here and here courtesy of whimseybox) attach the upper portion (with the strap) of the inner liner to the outer layer. Try to use even stitches approximately 0.5 cm wide and 1/4 cm from the edge (don’t stress through about making it perfect – if you look closely at some of my stitches there is some funky spacing).
- Again using the blanket stitch on each side, attach the lower portion of the inner layer. A triangle of inner felt will be visible behind the outer layer.
- Fold the bottom of the body of the wallet to meet the top. Starting at the crease, use a blanket stitch to sew up each side. Try to space the stitches to overlap the original stitching.
- Stick your phone in the back pocket to get an idea of how thick it will make your wallet, then fold over your strap and determine the ideal placement of the female portion of the snap (somewhere near the middle top of the outer layer). Use the same three stitch technique to attach it to the outer layer only of the body.
- If you are concerned about getting perfect placement of your lower snap half, try rubbing a smudge of chalk or marker on the male tip of the snap and then lining it up on the lower body where you want it to go and pressing down. It should leave a little dot right where your female snap should center!
Unfortunately, the detailed tutorial was on the now-defunct Whimseybox website, but I can answer any questions you have if you drop me a comment! I’ve used this wallet for a couple of days now and it’s been great! I’m planning on making some more, but this time in more neutral colors. I’m also trying to work out a horizontal version, so I will post a tutorial for it when I get it figured out!1