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Phone Home Leather Smartphone Case from Busy Girls Guide to Sewing

Complete with a durable leather outer and protective felt inner, this pouch will keep your phone safe and scratch-free. Looks rather swish too!

Steps

Step #1:

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Phone Home Leather Smartphone Case from Busy Girls Guide to Sewing

Measure your phone, then add 5mm (1/8in) to both the length and width measurements to arrive at the dimensions you will need.

Step #2:

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Phone Home Leather Smartphone Case from Busy Girls Guide to Sewing

Cut your leather, felt and tear-away stabilizer into 20cm (8in) squares. Cut two of leather, two of felt and one of tear-away stabilizer. You might find it easier to cut your leather using a leather or craft knife and cutting mat.

Step #3:

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Phone Home Leather Smartphone Case from Busy Girls Guide to Sewing

With a pencil, sketch a rectangle (according to the dimensions calculated in step 1) onto the tear-away stabilizer. Add a simple line drawing of your desired motif into the rectangle, positioned just where you want it.

Step #4:

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Phone Home Leather Smartphone Case from Busy Girls Guide to Sewing

Layer one piece of felt on the bottom, one piece of leather in the middle and the tear-away stabilizer with your drawing on it on the top and secure the fabrics into your padded embroidery hoop.

Step #5:

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Phone Home Leather Smartphone Case from Busy Girls Guide to Sewing

Using a sharp large-eye needle and coloured embroidery thread, stitch over the outline of your drawing using a decorative running stich. Alternatively, stitch over your drawing outline using your desired decorative stitch on your sewing machine fitted with a leather needle.

Step #6:

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Phone Home Leather Smartphone Case from Busy Girls Guide to Sewing

Once you have finished stitching your design, un-hoop your fabric and layer the stitched pieces together with the remainging pieces of felt and leather so that the leather is on the outside.

Step #7:

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Phone Home Leather Smartphone Case from Busy Girls Guide to Sewing

Sew the pouch along the three edges of the rectangle you have drawn onto the tear-away stablizer leaving an opening at the top.

Step #8:

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Phone Home Leather Smartphone Case from Busy Girls Guide to Sewing

Place your pouch onto the cutting mat. With a leather knife or craft scalpel, trim the pouch along the edge of a metal ruler leaving 2mm (1/8in) at the bottom and on each side and 1cm (3/8in) at the top. Make sure not to cut through the stitches holding the pouch together.

Step #9:

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Phone Home Leather Smartphone Case from Busy Girls Guide to Sewing

Finally, tear away the stabilizer to reveal your stitching on the leather. Use a pair of tweezers to remove any small pieces around the intricate parts of your embroidery.