iPhone Case Pattern 2.0


I threatened that I would post iPhone case tutorial nearly a month ago and here I am finally getting around to actually doing it. I really liked the old case that I had, it was just slightly impractical to had an unprotected phone to Penelope when she wanted to play her games. I decided that I needed to have a case that could stay on and actually protect my phone from grubby little hands. When I decided to embark on my noble quest, our computer was out of commission, so any designing I did was the old school way with a ruler and a pencil. That method took forever. Also, I kept running into wall after wall of design flaws. BLERG.

After I got my computer back and I had a great brainstorm session with the hubs, I completed the pattern. It’s pretty awesome, if I do say so myself.

Doesn’t the corsetted back look hott?

The pros to this case:

  • Penelope can’t press the home button, because she can’t see it. So, she’s stuck watching her little videos or playing her games and can’t post random tweets from my phone.
  • The leather makes for a better grip. It’s not going to slip out of mine or Penelope’s hands.
  • The phone is protected from minor bangs and drops.

The cons to this case:

  • It’s sewn in. So if you have to take it to the Apple store (which I do), you might need to un-pick the sewing. No big deal, but slightly annoying.
  • the sides of the case don’t lay flat. Although, time and scoring the inside of the leather remedies this problem.

It’s been about 3 weeks since I’ve had the case on my phone, and I really like it a lot. I feel like it’s protected all the time and it just looks funky fun. I get comments on the stitching ALL the time. If you’re looking to cover your iPhone, I hope you give this little tutorial a try. Click on the Download button below to download. Enjoy!

This printable is free for personal use. If you would like to use this printable commercially, please email me. Thanks!

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  1. Helen says:

    Where did you get your wallpaper? It’s so pretty!

  2. nauli says:

    Great tutorial! I love the yellow colour and the shape as well.

  3. Jenn says:

    Yes, that corset back is hotness!

  4. Rachel says:

    This is so much prettier than my case! I want to drop everything and make one in blue. I love, love, love the black. I just downloaded it. I’ll be linking as well. Thanks so much!

  5. […] this hand-stitched leather case from Melissa at IS•LY. The yellow is so bright and cheery. Read her post about the creation of this case, which includes a link to a free downloadable PDF pattern for you […]

  6. Sarah J Fox says:

    Great write up. The iPhone is truly awesome and I don’t like being without it. This time last year I had jumped in a pool with my iPhone and it was dead. I had to wait 9 days before I was able to get a new one. The phone I had was a cheap go phone. I really love all the games that can be downloaded to the iPhone. The best part about the iPhone to me is the ability to check emails on the fly. Thanks for the information.

  7. […] it works with the new anatomy of the 4. I’ve made and published a couple of cases (1.0 + 2.0), but both have been very much on the feminine side of things. This is a great gift (especially […]

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you for this excellent pattern. I wanted mine to be a little naughtier looking on my RazrM. ;-) See the small changes here:


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