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Cell Phone Pouch

By: Susan Brubaker Knapp for C&T Publishing

Use fabric scraps to make a cute, quilted pouch for your cell phone with this project from C&T Publishing. You can attach to the outside of your bag to show off your design and for quick access to your phone.

Quilted Cell Phone Pouches


  • Scraps of fabric for outside
  • Piece of fabric for backing approximately 10″ square
  • button or charm
  • perle cotton or thread (to tie button or charm)
  • 1″square Velcro
  • thread for piecing and quilting
  • batting, approximately 10″ square
  • caribeener clip


Please read all the directions before you begin!

  1. Measure your cell phone. Use this formula to determine how big to make the outside of your pouch:
    Width: (cell phone width x 3) + 1″
    Length: cell phone length + 2-1/2″
    For example, my phone is 2″ wide by 3-1/2″ long, so I needed a piece for the outside that was 7″ x 6″.

    Fabric Piece
  2. Sew your scraps together to create a piece for the outside of your pouch. Cut a piece of batting 1/2″ longer and wider than your outside piece. Cut or piece a backing piece 1/2″ longer and wider than your batting piece. Layer in this order: backing piece (face down); batting; pieced outside (face up).

    Layered Pieces
  3. Pin and quilt. An overall quilting motif that is fairly small is best. I used a square spiral on one pouch, and a pebble design on the other. Trim this piece for the outside of your pouch, using this formula:
    Width: (cell phone width x 2) + 2-1/2″
    Length: cell phone length + 1-3/4″
    For my phone, I needed to trim my outside piece to 6-1/2″ wide by 5-1/4″ long.

    Quilt Fabric

    quilted fabric 2
  4. Cut a strip of fabric 2″ long by the width of your piece. (In my case, this was a piece 2″ x 6-1/2″.) Fold it in half lengthwise, right sides out, and press. Pin it to the top edge of the outside, with raw edges aligned. Sew the strip to the outside with a 1/4″ seam.

  5. Fold the binding around to the back of the outside and pin. From the front, sew right under the binding edge, catching the folded edge on the back side.

  6. Fold the outside, right sides together, with the binding at the top. Pin along the raw edges, and sew a 1/4″ seam.

    Sewing Pouch
  7. Then zig-zag along the same raw edges. Take care and go slowly; you are sewing through many bulky layers.

    Sewing Pouch 2
  8. Turn the pouch right side out.

    Inside Out
  9. Cut a 1″ piece of Velcro. Take one half and position it at the center of the inside back, just under the binding, and sew it down. Take the other half and position it at the center of the inside front, just under the binding, and sew it down.

    Add Velcro
  10. For the loop, cut a piece 4×2″. Fold it in half lengthwise, right side out, and press. Then fold in and press each side again. This leaves the raw edges inside the strip.

    Creating Loop 1
  11. Topstitch very close along both long edges.

    Sewing Loop
  12. Sew the strip together in a circle by folding it in half, and then making a 1/4″ seam along the short raw edge. Turn right side out. Fold the loop in half, tucking the seam at one end. Pin the loop to the top of the back of the pouch, and sew it down so that this spot is trapped in the new seam and does not show. Take care and go slowly; you are sewing through many bulky layers.

    Sew Loop to Pouch
  13. On the front, hand sew on a button or charm at the top. This makes it easier to pull the pouch open when you need to get out your phone.Finished Pouch
  14. If you add a caribeener clip to the loop, you can clip your cell phone pouch to your purse strap, belt, or to a loop inside your purse.

    FInished Pouch with Clip

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I need one of these cell phone pouches to also( like may others) to find my phone in my purse when it rings or I need to make a call. I am always having to take everything out. I love that you can use up scraps of your projects which I have the perfect piece from a some quilt blocks gone wrong. So fast and easy and I like that you can make any size you like. Nice tutorial with step by step pictures. Why not make some extras for a last minute gift.

I like this pattern because I have a big, deep purse and I am constantly loosing my cell phone in the black recesses of it. I would probably modify the hanging strap to be a bit longer and not use the carabiner clip, as I would not want that to show on my purse strap. I would measure my phone and make the case to fit it as suggested in the instructions.

Great idea!

I think it is great , will make one. thanks

Great the in thing

Love it! Just what I have been looking for. Thanks so much!

I made a cellphone case out of fabric, lined with felt. with loops on the top with a long cord with lanyard hooks on the ends of the cords so they could be removed. An extra short strap can be added when long strap is removed to clip on a belt loop or purse strap....the long cord is warn like a necklace.Also an extra pocket on the back for credit cards..drivers license , cash and etc..Also a small strap closure with velcro added to the front and a small amount of velcro added to the top of the back pocket to keep cards and etc from falling out.

I make cell phone cases, lap-top cases, totes, diaper bags, and alot of other different things, and like with everything else in life we learn with trial & error. I have been doing this now for about 1yr now, and I still find myself making errors, like putting the velcro & loop for the cell phone cases on last. With mine though I put a small strap with velcro on the cell phone cases for closures. I have yet to make a quilted case, it looks like it would be very nice.

made some cell phone holders for my frends but not like this one this whould also be good for the ds i think i will make this for my dsi

I found when making these that it is easier to attach the velcro and the strap BEFORE you sew the pouch together on the sides and bottom. Just fold and measure to find where the middle will be after allowing for the 1/4" seam allowance.

I found when making these that it is easier to attach the velcro and the strap BEFORE you sew the pouch together on the sides and bottom. Just fold and measure to find where the middle will be after allowing for the 1/4" seam allowance.

If the cell phone is a thick one containing a texting keyboard add an extra 1/2" To the width. Wonderful fun to make. I have made 2 now and have a request for another.

The only problem I had with this pattern was that the thickness of the cell phone was not taken into consideration and one of my pouches turned out too small. If the cell phone you are making the pouch for, is a thick one that includes a texting keyboard add 1/2' to the width.

This is my first getting patterns from the Internet. The cell phone carrier will be a good way to use up scrapes and make a little gift for someone. Most everyone has a cell. (ha except me) June Dodd

Loved it ! I've sewn for several years and love to see something easy and fun, great job on the details of how it is done ty :) very nice

With slightly different dimensions, this could also be used as a pouch for reading glasses. Great instructions! p5celt

I love this idea and have made a few already. I am excited to see family and friends react to them. Thank you for this pattern.

Thank you so much for having such wonderful pictures and detailed instructions on how to make one of these adorable cell phone cases. I can't wait to get started.

I like your use of many photos showing the details of progress. You also tell us each step in detail. Really great instructions. I will surely make several of these. Many thanks.

Awesome small pattern for beginners! Also a great way to practice free motion quilting skills. Not to mention a really pretty accessory!


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