Teardrop Shaped Smart Phone Case “Scandinavian Forest – Summer and Winter”

Size: 17cm (h) 15cm (largest width) 10cm (top opening)

Today’s project is a teardrop shaped smart phone case made with puchi puri, a tiny print series perfect for making small items. The featured fabric, puchi wood, has a Scandinavian feel with such lovely animals and mushrooms. The two colors, blue signifies summer, whereas the purple signifies winter.
Kanae Nakayama, who is known for her sense of stylish combination of patterns, is here to introduce her creation. If you are particular about choosing the perfect fabric combination, don’t miss “Kanae’s tips for selecting the perfect pattern!”

Design & work:Kanae Nakayama (kana2)

Fabric shown for this sample:
(Outer Fabric a)
A Blue P33800-802 (C)
B Purple P33800-802(D)

□ Fabric (Outer fabric a): 40cm×20cm
(Outer fabric b, A Twill B Stripe): 40cm×10cm
(Lining Fabric A Stripe, B Polka dot print): 40cm×20cm
□ Fusible quilt batting: 40cm×20cm
□ Rick rack tape: 40cm (0.4cm wide)
□ Tape: 10cm (1cm wide)
□ Snap: One pair (1cm diameter)
□ Handle with two swivel hooks and D rings: 23cm One piece (D ring’s inner diameter 1cm)


We interviewed Kanae about her creation:
KF Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
The fabric has a slight Scandinavian feel with such lovely animals and mushrooms. I used blue, picturing the Scandinavian summer in the woods. The purple reminded me of the winter forest in Scandinavia. To avoid making it too cute and a kid’s only item, I selected a modestly sweet combination of the fabrics. This way a mature woman can carry it around as well.

KF:Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
The iPhone 6 fits perfectly. A snap is added at the opening to prevent slipping. To make the design stand out, the embellishment is kept to a minimum. The teardrop shape adds warmth, making the design personal. To come up with the perfect curve, I made several samples. My heart and soul were in it.

KF:What are some tips for making this case?
When sewing the rick rack tape, I manually operate the sewing machine stitch by stitch for about 5 – 10mm until the machine can maneuver the fabric. Otherwise, a thick layer of fabric and tape could get stuck in the beginning and end up stitching the same place over and over.

KF:How should we use this case in everyday situations?
The leather handle is removable so that you can hook it on the handle of a bag. In place of a handle, you can use a long leather cord (about 120cm) with a “D” ring to make a pochette.

KF: Thank you very much, Kanae! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!

How to make Teardrop Shaped Smart Phone Case

Cut the fabrics with a 1cm seam allowance. The fusible quilt batting does not require a seam allowance.

2.Kanae shares her tips for selecting the perfect pattern!
The key is to determine which part of the fabric you want to use. On a clear plastic bag, draw an outline of the finished case and use it to gauge the composition of the motifs. On this picture, the rabbit on the bottom left determined the final look of the case.

Rick rack tape will be attached to hide the seam joint of the two fabrics. Though it adds another process, it is better to baste it first for a clean finish. Just like the saying, “Slow and sure steady wins the race.”

Slowly and carefully sew the center of the wavy tape.

Cut a slit along the curve. Iron it before turning it inside out, making sure that the opening for turning will align with the finished line. To achieve a clean curve, place a pattern sheet and iron along the edge.

Put the tape through a “D” ring and temporarily fix it in place.

Baste it to the side of the outer fabric, making sure it is centered.

Sew all the way around. Iron securely to align the shape and close the opening. Place the outer fabric inside the lining fabric. Run stitches around the edge.

If the color of the outer fabric and lining fabric is different, make sure to match the color of the thread for the top and bottom. When you have a clean finish, it makes you happy!

Click here for Sewing Instructions (PDF format / A4 size)