Ideal craft fair sellers and purse-friendly gifts – free phone case pattern

Heylo Dare! A Friday Freebie. I made a couple of phone cases last night. They took me about half an hour each and I wasn’t hooshing them along. Nope, a gentle pootle along with cups of tea and cake kind of make.

The template is easily adjusted and you can add a key fob or a lobster claw to clip to a bag strap or purse. Lots of possibilities.

Most importantly, they do all the wonderful things that us sewists love:

  • Use small pieces of fabric (stash busters)
  • Cheap to make
  • Quick to make (half and hour or so!)
  • Easy to make
  • Can be gussied up gorgeous for all ages and genders
  • AND very useful!

All of the above add up to craft fair sellers and gorgeous gifts that won’t bend the pennies or bust the bank.

The one in the picture is for my phone which is a Sony Xperia but the pattern is simple and easily tweaked to suit your phone or other sizes – Google to look for popular phones and their dimensions.

Anyhoo, here’s a free PDF including the template and instructions with photos and illustrations by me. Enjoy!

Teabag Taggy

I am sewing away to get a few more things made in time for a craft fair in Naas next Saturday and am finishing off a couple of teapot cosies ( like this one:  tea cosy ) and popping on a little teabaggy taggy to tie round the handle. Notice the perfectly parallel stitch lines around the edges? Twin needle. One snag is that you can’t pivot around corners like you can with a single needle but no matter, on simples shapes like this, corners are easily manouverable. A twin needle gives a lovely pretty finishing detail.

The template (such as it is, being so simple) pieces are kept in a small, foldover wrapper, see below. The surface design was created with a rubber stamp (Imaginesce range, I think) which was scanned then converted to a brush and pattern in Photoshop. The beauty of doing this is Versatility. The image can be scaled up or down and printed in any colour to suit myself and can be accomplished in a one-stop-Photo-Shop-sit-down-and-create moment.

I used very lightweight (80 or 90 gsm) printer paper for my wrapper and it looks very sweet tucked under the ribbons of my noticeboard (have a peep at how to make one here).

I’m posting the wrapper template for you to share and have fun with.  It’s a straightforward shape to cut and not a single tricky fold to tackle anywhere but the end result is pretty cute and useful.

There you go!

Free Template to Make Covering Buttons Even Easier

Every used one of those self-cover button tools but wish you could see the bit of material you want to cut out? Self-covered buttons are super to customise and personalise all sorts of projects, not to mention use up little scraps of fabric. The biggest problem (for me) is that I would want certain elements of the fabric to sit  squarely on the front without cropping off bits or having other bits intrude. Spoiled many a pretty button like that and it’s all the more galling if you don’t have any more of the same fabric.

I came up with a set of templates that sort this out for you. If you have a cutting machine like a Silhouette, Cameo, Silver Bullet , Cougar, etc, cut them with precision! But they don’t have to be perfect, just close enough so fussy cutting done with reasonable care is good enough.

You can see what I mean from the picture above showing a couple of buttons that have a pussy cat and a mousey on the front. Without a ‘port-hole’ to look through, it would have been so easy to have clipped kitty’s ears or the mouse’s tail.

If you have never seen or used a self-covering button tool, here’s how to use one – and how my template comes in very useful to select the design elements I want.

You’ll need some:

  • self-covering buttons
  • self-covering button tool
  • fabric

This is the self-covering button tool. You can get them from most haberdashers  or Google for online stockists. They’re only a few euro.

And these are self-covered buttons. Very simple – two halves; front and back plate. They come in a range of standard sizes: 11mm, 15mm, 19mm, 23mm, 29mm. You can also get a bigger size, 38mm, I think, but I’ve never seen a tool for that size.

1. Select the area of the fabric you want to feature on your button with my free template. The inner aperture is the actual size of the button, the outer ring is the circumference of material you’ll need to cut out to allow for some to tuck round the back. You’ll see what I mean in the next couple of pictures.

2. Here’s the fabric with the little kitty in the middle – don’t worry about the extra stuff around the periphery – that’ll be tucked out of sight in the back of the button.

3. Turn the fabric over to the wrong side and place face down into the appropriately sized button maker. Keep it as central as possible.

4. Press the front of the button face down into the middle so that the fabric curls around to the back. At this stage, if you are using a self-covering button with teeth (some have a serrated rim to catch the fabric at the back) run your finger around the button to press the material into them. Otherwise, just tuck the curled fabric in nice and tidily – maybe use a spot of PVA glue or fabric glue if it’s being a bit fiddly.

Then pop the button backing plate on.

Get the top half of the tool and press it down into the button to force the top and bottom bits firmly together.

Then pop your button out!

I am giving the template away for free – get it here:


Have a heart!

Well, Christmas is all boxed up and put away.  So, what’s next? Valentine’s Day, that’s what. Have just recently sold a couple of SVG paper cutting files; one  called Love Pop Up,  and the other ‘ Loving You Heart‘   which reminded me that it was coming up.

A good prod to think of something for this year.  But what? Damfino. Just scratching my head at the moment but will give it some thought. Also need to shake off the Christmas pounds (the extra-extra ones, lol) so I can get into a Wiggle Dress in time to dress up pretty on the day.

I thought about a heart garland bit it’s something for the house rather than something personal. Looks nice on the big willow surround, though, doesn’t it? Hmmm but The Card? I’ll keep thinking.

Free Heart Templates to Sew

If you like to sew, you can have a few of my heart templates: one here ‘ heart sachet template and tutorial‘  or download my pdf detailing three other heart templates to sew (for free) here:

You must remember to cut notches round the curves and clip the point for nice smooth lines but apart from that, they are really easy and quick to make.

I made a couple more including this one decorated with a button covered in a snippet of cat-themed fabric.

Also loving pinked wadding with appliqued anything on top like these retro petals:

Well, off to keep the daddles doing something so the devil won’t find them idle. You know what he’s like. Makes more hot air than a cauldron of cauliflower cheese but not so tasty.

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