Sunday, 31 July 2016

How To: Sew Felt Ice Cream Phone Cases

Today I'm sharing a fun, summer-y tutorial: make a felt phone case decorated with an ice cream or ice lolly! 

felt ice cream phone cases

Already have a case for your smartphone, or don't own a smartphone? You could use the ice cream designs to decorate other sewing projects or greetings cards, or to make fun felt brooches.

felt ice cream phone cases

I originally designed this project for docrafts Creativity magazine, and it was stitched using felt, fabric and buttons from their range of craft supplies.

Each phone case has an ice cream on the front, and a button closure at the back.

back of felt ice cream phone cases
 felt ice cream phone cases

You can make the cases entirely from felt, or add a pretty fabric lining.

felt phone case button closures

To make each phone case, you will need:

- the template sheets provided at the bottom of this post
- craft felt in assorted ice cream colours
- a sheet of craft felt for the phone case
- a co-ordinating button
- sewing thread to match all the felt colours
- sewing scissors
- sewing needles and pins
- pink, white and yellow embroidery thread/floss (or other sprinkle colours)
- an air erasable marker would also be useful but you can use a soft pencil instead
- optional: co-ordinating cotton fabric, iron-on interfacing and an iron and ironing board

felt ice lolly phone cases

To make each phone case:

1. Use the templates provide to cut all the pieces from felt, using the photos as a guide when choosing colours.

Tip: on the phone case template sheet, the whole template forms the front of the case, and the section below the dotted line forms the back of the case. Cut the front out first before cutting into the template or print two copies of the template sheet. 

2. (Optional) If you're adding a fabric lining to the phone case, cut a piece of cotton fabric large enough for both phone case templates. Following the manufacturer's instructions, iron a piece of interfacing onto the back of the fabric. Then use the templates to cut out the front and back phone case pieces.

3. Pin the ice cream or ice lolly pieces to the front of the case, using the photos as a guide. Sew each piece in position with whip stitch and matching sewing thread, removing the pins gradually as you sew.

 felt rocket lolly

4. If you want to add embroidered "sprinkles" to the ice cream, stitch these using single stitches of embroidery thread (floss). Separate half the strands of the thread and switch to a larger sewing needle if needed. Sew longer stitches for sprinkles, shorter ones for 100s and 1000s

 felt ice cream in a cone
 felt ice lolly with sprinkles

5. Sew on a co-ordinating button to the back of the case, as shown in the photos.

6. Place the front and back of the case together (so the ice cream design and the button are both facing outwards) and pin them together. Use large tacking stitches to sew the layers together then remove the pins.

If you're adding a fabric lining, add these layers in between the felt so the patterned side of the fabric is facing inwards. 

7. Sew the edges of the case together with whip stitch and matching sewing thread then remove the tacking stitches.

8. Fold the flap of the case over, mark the button's position then carefully with an air erasable marker or a soft pencil. Cut a buttonhole slightly wider than the button. Finally, sew around the buttonhole with more whip stitches and finish your stitching neatly.

felt phone case button and buttonhole

This tutorial is for personal use only: you can use it to stitch as many phone cases or other ice cream themed items as you want for yourself or as gifts, but please don't make any for sale. You may borrow a photo or two if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to the original source, and do not reproduce my entire post or share the templates on your site. Thanks!

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Follow the links to view the template sheets, make sure you're viewing them full size then print at 100%. Click here for the ice cream templates. Click here for the phone case templates.

felt ice cream phone cases tutorial


Jennifer said...

The fronts were cute enough, with the ice creams, but then the stripes and dots of the fabric lining? So much fun!

Bugs and Fishes said...

Thanks, Jennifer! :)