I've not done much sewing this summer but today the motivation hit me like a lorry! First, a little backstory: on Monday I went shopping for some new work clothes and I bought two beautiful dresses (one was orange *drools* ) and a cute little skirt - none of which contained pockets. I carry my phone with me at all times, even during work, and it's inconvenient when I don't have a way of carrying my phone and especially my work keys. So, I decided I would finally make that phone pouch I've been 'planning' on making for oh, say probably three years now, possibly more.
Drum roll, please...
I think what cinched the deal was realising I was never going to use the cute little Buttercup Handbag I had originally bought this fabric to make and decided I should use it instead for this little project and finally enjoy the fabric! And as you'll notice, it will totally match my pretty new orange dress (and the black/white dress and the black skirt).
I used a free pattern, the Easy iPhone Sleeve tutorial by Erin Erickson and then made a few modifications to it. First of all, I own a HTC so the dimensions were a little different (cut your fabric pieces 12"x4" for HTC OneX phones). I also decided I wanted to add a wristlet strap so I could easily carry the pouch and I used a key fob (purchased from A Graff Designs on Etsy) so that I could also easily clip my work keys to it using a split ring or carabiner if I so wished.
I also had this lovely button that matched the flecks of green in the butterfly print perfectly. Again, I bought it with the intention of using it with the fabric for a Buttercup Handbag and I couldn't part with the idea of not using it here so I added it as a decorative element with an off-cut of the strap. I really like how it jazzes up the pouch.
And here's a look at the backside:
In other news, I went browsing through the local second-hand shops here yesterday and found some lace doilies on sale for a mere 5:kr (basically $0.75). Now, I am so not a lace or doily person but I do like to use masks with my spray mists when scrapbooking and I plan on using these for just that purpose.
Not bad, right? I especially like the medium-sized one of the left. If you have clear spray gloss, you could also use it to spray the doilies and then make a watercolour resist from the pattern (check it out). I like when I can make my own masks, such as this sunburst mask made from an old cereal box:
Super easy to make and as you can see, it's been well-used. The cardboard stands up quite well to spray mists, you just can't get the cuts too close to each other or risk it tearing. I plan to actually re-make this one using mylar, which I can get for 10:kr from my quilt guild, so that I can make a smaller pinpoint where the rays join up that will be more durable but otherwise it functions great as is.