DIY Phone Case and Wallet with Card Pockets – free sewing pattern!
Sew an easy DIY phone case that is also a wallet! Sometimes you want to carry a purse – when you think you might need all that stuff you’ve got saved in there – and sometimes all you need is your phone and a couple cards.
Seriously if more places would start taking phone payments like Apple Pay or that other one with a little robot, then we wouldn’t even need to carry cards!
But anyway – for those times when all you want to take with you is your phone and a couple cards, I designed a DIY phone case and wallet!
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It’s pretty basic from the front, with a magnetic snap closure on the flap.
But the back is full of surprises, like a zippered coin pocket and 2 hidden card slots. Can you see them?
They are under the flap!
This little phone case and purse is perfect for any phone 3” x 6” or smaller. The one shown above is my iPhone X. The iPhone 7 or 8 is a little smaller. They fit great and don’t peek out at the top. I also tried this case with an iPhone 4 and a smallish Samsung smartphone. Both fit nicely inside. As the pattern is written, this pouch is too small for the iPhone plus phones and would need to be adapted.
So are you ready to make a Cell Phone Case and Wallet? Let’s go sew!
You will need:
about 1/4 yard of fabric total (I cut my pieces from 3 Tula Pink Eden fat quarters)
about 1/4 yard of fusible fleece interfacing (I used HeatnBond Fusible Fleece)
about 1/4 yards of medium weight woven interfacing (I used Pellon SF101)
1 small magnetic snap
1 zipper, 5” long or longer
2 small d-rings (1/2” opening)
2 small swivel snap clips (mine have 3/4” opening, but who’s looking?)
Note: For this project I used d-rings and swivel snap clasps that I already had on hand (that’s why my clasps are a little bit too big), but if I were looking to buy new ones the exact size necessary, I would buy 2 of these sets.
From the fabric for your wallet exterior, cut:
2 rectangles 6 1/2” x 4 1/2” (the front and back)
2 squares 4 1/2” x 4 1/2” (the card slots)
1 binding strip 2” x 4 1/2”
1 rectangle 5” x 4 1/2” (the coin pocket)
From the fabric for your wallet lining, flap closure, and the d-ring tabs, cut:
2 rectangles 6 1/2” x 4 1/2” (the wallet lining)
2 rectangles 6 1/2” x 3 1/2” (the flap)
2 squares 2” x 2” (d-ring tabs)
From the fabric for your cross-body strap, cut (or piece together) 1 strip 2” x 40” – 50”, according to your preference. Note: You could apply fusible interfacing (such as Pellon SF101) to this strip if you would like it to be more sturdy. The strap instructions can be found here.
From the fusible fleece interfacing, cut:
2 rectangles 6 1/2” x 4 1/2”
1 rectangle 6 1/2” x 3 1/2”
From the medium weight woven interfacing, cut:
2 rectangles 6 1/2” x 4 1/2”
1 rectangle 6 1/2” x 3 1/2”
(apply all interfacing following the manufacturer’s instructions)
1. Press to fuse the 6 1/2” x 4 1/2” fusible fleece interfacing rectangles to the wrong side of the wallet exterior pieces.
2. Press to fuse the 6 1/2” x 4 1/2” medium weight woven interfacing rectangles to the wrong side of the wallet lining pieces.
3. Press to fuse the remaining 6 1/2” x 3 1/2” fusible fleece and woven interfacing rectangles to the wallet flap pieces (one pieces will have fusible fleece, the other piece will have medium weight interfacing).
Make the Flap:
1/4” seam allowance allowed.
1. Working with the flap piece that has regular interfacing on it (not fusible fleece), make a pencil or pen mark at one end, centered and 1” from the edge. Install the male side of the magnetic snap over this mark, using the manufacturer’s instructions (or my instructions with this cross body tote).
2. Place the two flap pieces right sides together and sew around 3 sides, leaving the end furthest away from the magnetic snap open.
3. Clip the corners. Turn the flap right side out and press. Topstitch around, close to the edges. Set the flap aside for now.
Make the Back of the Wallet:
1. Fold each 4 1/2” square card slot piece in half (right sides together) and sew across the edge with a 1/4” seam allowance. Turn the piece right side out and press.
2. Choose which side will be the top of the card slot. Topstitch across the top edge to prevent the slot piece from stretching out.
3. Choose one wallet exterior piece to be the back. Place the first card slot piece 1” below the top edge. Pin in place. Stitch across the bottom edge.
4. Lay the second card slot piece on top, 1/2” below the top edge of the first slot. Pin. Stitch across the bottom edge of the piece in the same way.
5. Fold the 2” x 4 1/2” zipper binding piece in half, wrong sides together. Center the raw edges along the top edge of the zipper and pin. Use your sewing machine’s zipper foot, and sew the binding to the zipper with a 1/4” seam allowance.
6. Wrap the binding around the the top edge of the zipper and pin or clip in place. Don’t wrap it around too tightly so that the binding interferes with the zipper opening or closing on the other side, but the fold of the binding should cover the stitching on the back of the zipper.
7. Sew the binding in place by stitching close to the edge on the front side.
8. Slide the raw edge on the flap under the zipper binding by about 1/4” and pin in place. The flap should be centered in relation to the zipper binding. As you can see from the ‘back view’ above, the flap doesn’t extend far enough down to go past the binding on the back.
9. Sew across the top edge of the binding, which will secure the flap to the zipper binding. Turn the piece over and trim the raw edge of the flap 1/8” from the stitching.
10. Fold the 5” x 4 1/2” coin pocket piece in half, wrong sides together and press. Place the folded edge over the lower zipper tape and pin in place (as seen above left).
Stitch across the coin pocket piece, once close to the fold, and again about 1/4” away so that it matches the topstitching on the binding above it.
11. Now place the flap/zipper/coin pocket piece on top of the wallet back. Arrange it so that the zipper binding lays just over the stitching at the bottom of the second card slot. The bottom raw edges of the coin pocket should be aligned with or slightly hang over the bottom edge of the wallet exterior piece. Pin in place.
Stitch over BOTH lines of topstitching on the zipper binding once more to secure the flap and the top edge of the zipper pocket.
Trim away extra coin pocket fabric if any hangs over the bottom edge of the wallet exterior piece.
12. Place the zipper slider in the middle of the pocket. Baste the sides of the piece from the top to the bottom within the 1/4” seam allowance. Trim away the extra zipper tapes on either side of the piece.
Make the Front of the Wallet:
1. Make a mark that is centered and 1 1/2” below the top edge of the wallet front piece. Install the female side of the magnetic snap over this mark.
2. To make the d-ring tabs, fold each 2” square in half, press. Open and fold the raw edges to the center, press. Then fold in half again and press.
Topstitch close to both long edges.
3. Fold each tab through a small d-ring and pin or clip the raw edges to the sides of the pouch front piece, about 1” below the top edge. Stitch in place within the 1/4” seam allowance.
Finish Sewing the Case:
1/4” seam allowance allowed.
1. Fold the flap down on the back wallet piece and pin it out of the way of the top edge.
2. Place a matching wallet lining piece face down against the back of the wallet and pin the top edges. Stitch the top edges together with a 1/4” seam allowance. Press the seam open.
Repeat step 2 to sew the remaining lining piece to the top edge of the wallet front. Press the seam open.
3. Place the wallet front and back pieces together, right sides facing. Make sure that the seams between the lining and the exteriors are on top of eachother. Pin all around the edges.
Stitch all the way around, leaving a 3” opening at the bottom of the lining for turning.
4. Clip the corners. Trim the raw edges to 1/8”. Turn the wallet right side out through the opening in the lining. Press the edges of the opening inside. Sew the opening closed close to the edge.
5. Use a chopstick or turning tool to push the lining down inside the wallet.
All that is left is the cross body strap! Since this sewing tutorial post is getting too long to load quickly, click here for the cross body strap tutorial.
If you love your new cell phone case and wallet, make sure you post a picture on Instagram and tag me (@sewcanshe). I can’t wait to see it!!
p.s. This free pattern is included in my Ultimate List of Fast and Easy Tote Bags to Sew and Fast & Easy Cross Body Bag Patterns. Check them out!
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You have done it again!! When I saw this over the weekend I thought I have to make one!! Woo Hoo!! Love the fabric and I have tons of fabric, but ya know something this perfect needs "special" fabric!
So cute. Thank you for sharing.
Great graduation gift!
This looks so useful and such a creative design for the card pockets under the flap!
Thank you! So there is really no Pattern correct?
I’ve been looking for a cell phone pattern and this one is very cute, but I don’t think it’s a good idea to use magnetic closures around your phone! I haven’t come up with a good substitute yet (don’t like Velcro) but I think anything is better than risking your phone by using anything magnetic.
Maybe make a slot on the front to tuck the flap into? Or a piece of elastic to tuck the flap behind.
A couple other suggestions:
Button and elastic or ribbon loop
Plastic Snaps – like KAM snaps
Hope you found another type of closure that you’re comfortable with. I found this article helpful and put my mind at ease about using a magnetic closure without worry: https://blog.imagnetmount.com/why-magnets-wont-damage-your-smartphone-electronics-and-data/
Love this and will be definitely making one or several. Any chance that you have made an inhaler holder? Cannot find a pattern for one.
I notice your zipper is longer on both sides, than your wallet. So is mine. I’m a beginner sewer – at what point can I cut the zipper? Or is there something missing that I’m not understanding?
Hi Cari – great question! See Step 12 above, under the ‘Make the Back of the Wallet’ section.
I made this yesterday and it’s a snug fit for my Samsung 7. I used Velcro for the closure and made a long strap so I could carry on my shoulder. Next one will be 1/2 " longer and wider. Otherwise happy with it. I had made similar ones in the hoop with design from Embroidery Garden but this is easier to adjust the size and options. Thanks again!
"Make the Back of the Wallet:
1. Fold each 4 1/2” square card slot piece in half (wrong sides together) and sew across the edge with a 1/4” seam allowance. Turn the piece right side out and press. " – I believe this should be sew it right sides together, then turn right side out and press.
Also, I had considerable difficulty with the zipper binding. It could be an artifact of converting to cm and rounding to the nearest 0.25cm (because that’s the units my ruler is in), but the width of the binding wasn’t quite wide enough to wrap around all the way so it could be stitched down and still have that tiny edge flap to attach the back flap to. Is there a reason it can’t just be done like a bias binding?
My only other disappointment was that I didn’t realize at first that the back piece would be completely covered (so wasted a fussy cut pattern motif there), nor did I realize the way the coin pocket piece would be folded (I had cut the pattern motif to the top half of the fabric piece when it should be the bottom so I ended up piecing it), but that’s my issue due to fabric choice and an inability to truly understand what’s going on in a pattern (even one with great tutorial photos) until I’ve got my hands on it and manipulating the pieces myself 🙂
Overall I think it’s super cute and I like the end product, thanks for sharing 🙂
Thank you for the tips about fussy cutting fabric. They are correct!
Thank you for this! I’ll be making one and I’ll post it on my blog with link to this.
Hi. I added 1” to the top and side so this wallet to fit my iPhone 7+ with case. It fit perfectly. I also made it into a wristlet by shortening the strap and using one tab. I love it and get many compliments when walking.
Thank you for the great advice!
What a great idea and so pretty!
Just made this, had to enlarge for my Android pixel and added a pouch on the front for my car’s large key fob. Great pattern. Thank you very much.
Thank you for sharing this. I love the pattern, but did not really need a coin pocket so I used a piece of ribbon to cover the raw edge of the flap when attaching to the back.
My Samsung Note 9 in wallet case is 6 1/2" tall by 3" wide x 1" thick. How much would I add to the measurements for it to fit loosely in this cute bag? Not sure if I should add
1 1/2" or 2" to all the pieces, height & width. Any suggestions? Thank you!
The dimensions of most of the pieces would need to be changed in order to change the dimensions of the entire wallet. Good luck!
I love this little purse. It is darling. I made one for me, and now some friends are asking how much I would charge to make them one. Am I able to use your pattern and sell finished product?
No problem. Feel free to sell any items that you make from my tutorials or patterns. 🙂
This is one of the best tutorials ever! Love your detailed pictures and complete directions. Thank you!
I used the pattern to make my mother-in-law a phone carrier that she can secure to her walker, so didn’t need the strap. Even though I had starts, stops and restarts, the pattern directions and pictures we’re clear and easy to follow.
Figured out how to enlarge for Samsung S9 and version 3 was perfect. My granddaughter loves Snoopy, so I downloaded the embroidery pattern and added it to the front piece before assembling. She’s in love!
I love this pattern and am about to make my third one. Thank you. I’m going to make it slightly larger and leave out the card slots, but the zip pocket is perfect for carrying a bit of cash and my keys.
I have tried everything and looked everywhere, still I can’t find the actual “pattern”. Please help!
Hi Pam! It sounds like you are looking for templates. This pattern does not require templates. There are cutting dimensions instead. Everything you need is included in this blog post. You can read it on your device as you sew, use CTRL + P to print the blog post, or buy a specially formatted PDF for $2. The PDF is totally optional.