Design Fixation: Free iPod Case Sewing Tutorial


Free iPod Case Sewing Tutorial

My iPod holder recently broke, and I've been left case-less when I go to the gym. Of course I'm the girl who's iPod is constantly falling and dangling down in between the elliptical pedals. So I decided that this had to change. I made a fun little raspberry-colored fabric case from supplies I already had lying around the house. And today I'm going to share the tutorial with you!

The instructions are very simple. VERY. SIMPLE. Here is what you'll need:

- 1/4 yard of stretch fabric
- 3 or 4 inches of velcro
- Button
- Sewing machine and thread

Begin by cutting your fabric. My rectangle was 12x8" total. My upper arm measures 11 inches around, and then I added 1 inch for seams, so this accounts for the length of the fabric piece. Add or subtract a bit to account for your arm measurements. I have one of the older iPod Nanos which is about 3" long. Multiply the length of your iPod by 2 and then add 2." So if you're making this for an iPhone 5, it should be 12x12" instead of 12x8. You will also need a small rectangle that is 2x1.5" for the loop that goes around the button.

First, fold the fabric in half lengthwise with right sides together. Sew each end with a quarter inch sean allowance, shown below.

Turn the fabric right side out, so the raw edges of the seams are now on the inside. Flip the top raw edge inside and fold it down about an inch. See photo below.

Lay your iPod on top and make sure that its length matches your fabric's width. 

Now you will sew the compartment for the iPod. There are two tricks for this step, so don't let your eyes glaze over now people. Place the iPod right in the center of the strip of fabric, shown above and place pins on either side of the iPod to mark your seam lines. The pins should be placed a quarter of an inch away from each side of the iPod.

Now for the first trick. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT sew all the way from one side of the fabric to the other... start sewing a quarter of an inch from the top and stop sewing a quarter of an inch from the bottom. Otherwise the stretchy fabric will bulge out on either end. And trick number two: put a piece of tissue paper under your fabric when you're sewing. It sounds crazy, I know... but it will prevent your seam from being wavy (due to the stretch in the fabric). 

Create a seam on either side of the iPod along the lines that you just pinned. Now, sew the soft part of the velcro to the end of one side of the strip. Then flip it over and sew the scratchy part of the velcro to the other side. 
Next, take the small piece of fabric that you cut earlier, and fold it in half lengthwise with right sides together. Sew down the long edge with a quarter inch seam allowance. Turn it inside out using the safety pin trick. Now sew both ends to the inside of the pocket that you just created for your iPod.

Last, sew your button onto the front side of the pocket. Your iPod case is finished! 

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. If so, check out my Kickstarter project... I'm trying to create an online store dedicated solely to affordable, digital sewing tutorials and patterns. There are lots of good rewards involved - like advertising spots, dresses, downloads, etc. CHECK. IT. OUT.

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  1. Thanks to for the link up!

  2. this is epic! ive been dying for an armband for my phone at the gym but none of them fit my arms :( now that wont be a prob!

  3. so cool. just what i needed for jogging. finished a modified version in under 10 minutes. :) thanks for the idea!

  4. Exactly what I need! I will add an additional pocket to store the ear-buds.

  5. What about protecting your ipod/phone from sweat? Doesn't your equipment get wet with just fabric between it and your arm?

  6. That's a great question.... to be honest, my workouts aren't intense enough for sweating through the fabric to be an issue (I wish I could say that that was a problem!), but if you're concerned about it then I would slip a piece of leather or plastic inside the pouch between the iPod and the fabric.

  7. What fabric did you use for this?

    1. I'm not sure of the exact fabric name (I've had it for many years) but it was a thick stretch fabric.

    2. Okay, thanks! I'm probably going to make my mom one for her birthday.


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