Easy DIY smartphone ‘flipcase’

I shouldn’t be allowed to carry around expensive electronics.

My cell phones have been flung, swept and cast more often through the air, than that they have sat comfortably in my hand.

So when I decided to give up my trusty nokia for the new generation of smartphones, I knew it meant trouble. I decided to play it safe and go for this ‘beginner’ Samsung Gio. But inexpensive smartphones also mean not many fancy cases are sold to keep them in!

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After many dents and bruises I decided to make one myself, and this is het easiest way I’ve found how to:

What you’ll need:

– An inexpensive, plastic smartphone case

fabric

– a metal closure

DIY flipcase smartphone

1. Cut out 2 rectangles of fabric

One for the outside and one for the lining.  Make sure that at least one of your fabrics is made out of a sturdy material, like pleather or cotton. For added softness and protection you can use fleece for the inner lining.

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2. Lay the right sides of the fabric facing towards each other and sew along the edges.

Leave 1 cm (1/2 inch) seam allowance. I like to go over the corners a few times to make sure they will hold. Leave one opening on one side. This is where our closure strap will sit. Turn your fabric right side out through the opening.

4. Now, make the closure strap.

Cut out two rectangular pieces that are at least bigger than your magnetic snap closure. Face the right sides towards each other and sew around three of the edges. Turn it right side out through the open side. Attach the magnetic closure by glueing or sewing it onto the strap. You can also use velcro, or anything else that springs from your imagination.diyt flipcase 5

With your flipcase turned right side out, insert your strap in the opening. Fold down the seams and glue the opening shut. You can also hand stitch it if you prefer.

All that is left is for you to do is to glue the case onto the fabric, and to try and be patient enough to let it dry completely.samsung flipcase

Before you glue on your plastic case, you could make a hole for your camera. Mimic the holes that are already in your case. Use an exacto knife to cut them out of the fabric.

And that is it!

Your cell phone now has a safe and bright future ahead of it!

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