Today, I'm sharing an easy phone wallet organizer pattern and tutorial that you can make in about an hour. The design uses two standard fat quarters so you probably have the materials in your fabric stash already. This is a great project for both beginners as well as experienced sewists.
Phones are so expensive these days and we are trying to do whatever we can to prevent them from getting stolen, scratched and cracked. It still seems to happen so often though so here's my attempt to keep my phone and my sunglasses separate from the rest of the things in my bag or what my daughter refers to as “my black hole”.
The trick with this phone wallet organizer is to use two very contrasting fabrics. The pattern is simple and easy to do, so to make the most of it to use a fabric combination with a punch. I'm using two fat quarters by the same company. I suggest you use the same brand to maintain a consistent quality of the print.
You'll note I'm also doing one in the same vinyl we used in the popular Mini Backpack Coin Purse project. That's a terrific fabric for this project as well and I used a bright red contrasting fabric which really makes the pattern on the vinyl stand out.
- Two fat quarters of contrasting colors
- Thread to match
- One sew-in magnet or velcro
- fusible interfacing or stabilizer medium weight
- Two X 7″ zipper
- Zipper foot
- Loop Turner
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How to print the phone wallet organizer pattern
As with all of our patterns, you will need Adobe Reader to print this pattern which is free to download from Adobe. Print on Landscape Mode and Actual Size.
How to cut the fabric
Rectangle A: Fashion Fabric (outside fabric)
Rectangle B: Contrasting Fabric
Rectangle C: Contrasting Fabric
Rectangle D: Contrasting Fabric
Rectangle F: Fashion Fabric (outside fabric)
Rectangle E: Fashion Fabric (outside fabric)
How to make your phone wallet organizer
Fuse all pieces first.
There are two large rectangles and four smaller rectangles in the pattern. The smallest of the small rectangles are for the zipper tab.
The placement of the magnet/velcro will give you the ability to make the wallet bigger or smaller. Both phone wallet organizers below are made with the same pattern but the green one folds completely in thirds and appears smaller, which the magnets on the black/white/yellow one are placed further toward the ends of the bag and it folds less tightly.
This phone wallet organizer project is for beginners who have made at least one bag and a zipper pouch before.
The green one is 7.25″ X 5.25″ when folded and the black/white/yellow one folds to 7.25″ X 6.75″.
The zippers are on opposite sides and so are the magnets.
Step One: Make the zipper tabs
You'll start with the small rectangle labeled F. Sew the rectangle right sides (print sides together) together at 1/2″, reduce the seam allowance to 1/8″ and turn right side out using a loop turner.
Cut the rectangle into four pieces. Below is one of the four pieces you will need.
Step Two: Making the outside
We will start by sewing the zipper to the rectangles. You will need rectangles A, C, and D.
Fold in half C and D wrong sides together. Iron. Place zipper number one right side up. Pin the C and D on the top and bottom of the zipper and both zipper tabs leaving 1/2″. This is the same way you will sew the other zipper.
Pin rectangle A print side down and sew at 3/8″.
Place rectangle A print side down and pin.Sew at 3/8″.Add piece E on the other side of the zipper. Sew at 3/8″. Turn and topstitch at 1/8″ on both sides. Put this aside, before we can continue we need to attach the second zipper to the other rectangle on the step below.
Step Three: Add the inside and the second zipper
We are going to work on the bigger rectangle marked B. Fold one of the smaller sides 3.8″. A rectangle has two longer sides and two short sides. Pin zipper number two to rectangle B on the 3/8″ fold. Place the zipper tabs on the sides. Sew the zippers and tabs to the rectangle B. Sew rectangle B to the zipper. This is what you should have by now. Sew one of the magnets sides to rectangle A. Follow the pattern. Print sides together. The other zipper should be on the oposite side of the rectangle.
Leave one of the zippers open half way to be able to turn the wallet print side out. Sew at 3/8″. Do it twice to make the wallet stronger.Cut the seam allowance by half. Cut the corners off. Turn the wallet print side out. Open the zipper, seen above and sew the other side of the magnet.Sew a straight stitch 5″ from the edge.This stitching makes the wallet have one large pocket for your sunglasses and one smaller for your phone. This phone wallet organizer is done. If you want a different take on this pattern change the position of the magnets as I did in the yellow and striped one.
If you're interested in lining your phone wallet organizer, you can follow this tutorial on how to add a removable lined pouch to any bag and follow the same technique.
I think there is potential for improving this design. Let me have your take on this pattern in the comments below. As always, please feel free to share some pics of your work. Until next time!