Yesterday I was feeling rather grumpy, so I decided that maybe being creative and productive might work to de-grumpify me. I've been wanting to make an iPhone case for a while now, so I decided to tackle that. As much as I'm actually pretty happy with the result, it only put me in a partially better mood. However, now I'm quite happy to finally have a case for my iPhone, as I tend to throw it into a bag for class and it gets rather tumbled around. The next move is to get a screen protector as well, since I already have a little scratch on the screen - eek! Bugs me every time I see it.
I'm the kind of person who does a bunch of research on something, then thinks about what I would do differently, and throws most of it out the window when I start designing. I actually drafted a couple of sketches for this, and tried to think about what I would really use and want in my case. I added the pockets for the bluetooth and something else, like maybe earphones (two was a better use of space and keeping it one big pocket would have looked sloppy and more than likely resulted in things falling out.
I'm also a fabric collector - one who says, ooh, this would look really cool for a bag or a plushie or some other fun thing, or ooh, this would be a great base fabric for such-and-such. In other words, it's easy for me to find something the fabric would be great for. Then, later down the line I usually end up using it for something else. This time, though, I had found the perfect fabric for the lining - and it was a remnant of a red tag, so it was 75% off - score! And the tattoo fabric I had found a while back and knew I could do something fabulous with it!
Anyway, here's the result. Sorry for the grainy pictures, but I had to use my iPhone (hence it not actually modeling for any of the pics) since I lost the charger for our camera's battery - I'm working on that!
The brown fabric is faux suede and had a built-in foamy underside, so I didn't have to finish those edges since they won't unravel, and I didn't have to add any padding since it's already nice and squishy. And the tattoo fabric is black, although I was tempted to use the natural and light pink colorways I have as well - maybe for another project. The loops on the outside at the top are for a strap I'll most likely sew soon, or else to add a keyring/swivel hook to so I can connect it inside my big bag and not get tumbled around or lost.
The silver star buttons are ones I had in my collection from a while ago, and they just happened to fit the whole tattoo theme. I haven't decided if I love the buttons or not since they do slow down getting the phone out, but I didn't want snaps (pushing down on the screen sounded like a bad idea), and velcro just didn't sound like it would hold well enough. Time will tell, but velcro seems the next best option.
Next up I want to make a monster-themed one. I've sketched out some monster faces and just have to decide what makes the most endearing one for my iPhone to live inside its belly!