DIY: Leather and Felt iPhone Case


Chris gets bored when he’s waiting for me to make the finishing touches to a garment I’m sewing. I love his company, though.

In his boredom a couple saturdays ago, he started asking me questions about drafting an iPhone case pattern. Reluctantly I helped him (Why is it always reluctantly?).


About 15 minutes later, I found myself roped into making Chris a case. He drafted and cut while I sewed.

Save for one wrong measurement, everything went very smoothly.


The case is a little loose around the sides, but otherwise fits perfectly. As the leather stretches to conform to the phone, I’m sure we’ll go back through and tighten up the gaps with more stitches. For now it works, though.

We used a 5mm industrial felt for the back to give it structure and to keep the case from slipping out of Chris’s pocket. A coral garment-weight calf skin was used for the inner layer and a lambskin was used for the wallet layer. The leathers were thin enough that my machine went through the three layers without any hiccups. Because of the thin and flexible nature of the leather, I turned down and hemmed the edges to give the leather a little more stability. It worked like a charm.


We bought a ton of this industrial felt. It’s pretty neat. We’ve already made a laptop case and this phone case, but we have just shy of 3/4 of a yard left of the 40″ wide material. I’m thinking some catch-all baskets will be next.

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    1. phil says:

      felt … reminds me of kvadrat felt

    2. Vero Et says:

      Any chance you can share where you got these awesome fabrics, please

      • Melissa says:

        I got the grey lambskin from Angel Fabrics and the coral cowhide from Mood. You could probably find it at a local Tandy Leather shop, but you’ll need to ask for apparel weight leather. Kidskin might be your best bet for that there.

        The grey felt is from Amazon. I got the 3mm thick felt, but I think a 2mm would have been better/easier to sew.

    3. Trina says:

      Any chance you’d share the pattern for this? It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for!

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