DIY: Free People Inspired Phone Case

Have you seen this Tapestry iPhone Wallet from Free People? It was on my facebook feed a week ago and I fell in love with it, though I didn't wanna shell out $28 for something that I'm pretty sure I could make myself (plus I had fabric like that too). So I made one! I also made one for my boyfriend I mean, fiance (why do I find it so weird to say that word?) - he likes old school games so I made one in the space invaders print. 

Isn't she just gorgeous?

For this you need the following:

Leather or Faux Leather Fabric cut to 3.5" x 12.5"
Leather or Faux Leather Fabric Strip cut to 3.5" x 1/2"
Choice of Fabric cut to 3.5" x 5"
Scissors, Pins
Sewing Machine
Flap Pattern (get it here)

Yes, I have a cat stuffie as a pincushion. Everybody says it's brutal, but I say it's voodoo cat.

Anyway - print your flap pattern, trace it and cut it on your main fabric. Hem your accent fabric on both short sides, one folded once and the other folded twice. Sandwich the straight short edge of your main fabric inside the twice-folded hem., pin and stitch down both ends of your accent fabric down.

After stitching it down, don't forget to place your small leather strip where you want the closure to be. Fold and pin it wrong side up about 4", or at least until it lines up with the straight edge before the flap. Stitch it down, trim excess fabric and cut the corners, to reduce bulk. Turn it inside out, and you have yourself a new phone case!

Want more? You could also paint the leather strip with nail polish as another accent. I wanted it that way, I think it looks prettier. 

This is so easy to do, even a beginner like me at sewing could do it. I love Free People stuff but they're all expensive for a cheapie like me

Do you love Free People merchandise?


  1. Wooow, so awesome!

  2. where did you get your embroidered fabric?

    1. they were from old place mats i wasn't using anymore :)

    2. thanks for the reply! they are lovely!

  3. What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of DIY tech cases. Check it out here:

    Have a great day!

  4. what is that white fabric you used on the inside? can it be done without it ?

    1. It's the other side of the faux leather fabric that I used, and if you're using leather/faux leather with a soft backing, lining isn't really necessary :)

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