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Tutorial: Fabric-Lined Duct Tape iPhone Case

7 August 2012 16,916 views 4 Comments

by heather

Fabric Lined Duct Tape iPhone Case

Make a sleek-looking duct tape case for your iPhone (or other smart phone) with duct tape. What makes this design special? It's lined with fabric so your phone stays free from stickies and scratches. I have never seen another duct tape phone case that uses the technique I developed for creating a fabric lining, so grab a roll of duct tape and some scrap fabric and come make a phone case with me.

fabric-lined duct tape phone case

The backstory for this duct tape phone case:

I just got a new phone, and I'm paranoid about scratching it up. I already outfitted the phone in a hard-shell case and screen protector film, but I am still afraid my keys will somehow find a way to mess up my phone while they are jostling around in my purse.

Enter this duct tape phone cozy that will give my iPhone another layer of protection. Not only is the outer duct tape shell sturdy enough to deflect scratchy surfaces, but the inside is soft and safe, thanks to a lining of fuzzy flannel. And if you don't have an iPhone, don't worry. The principles of this phone still work! You will just need to alter the measurements of the pattern pieces to fit your phone.

fabric-lined duct tape phone case -- supplies you need

What you need for this project:

  • Duct tape, on hand or $1 and up
  • A piece of fabric (I used flannel) - about 6x15"

Total: $1 and up

Note about duct tape: I have seen it at the dollar store, but I have a huge weakness for colored and patterned duct tape, and that will run you slightly more per roll (although, it will probably be pretty comparable if you calculate the cost per foot -- the rolls at the dollar store are small).

Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Ruler

Optional, but helpful:

  • Cutting Mat
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Goo Gone (rub on scissor blades to keep them from sticking to duct tape)
  • Your phone to measure

How-to Video (Written instructions below)

To make:

1. Cover your fabric with duct tape on one side, overlapping the duct tape at each strip's long edges.

trimming duct tape phone case main piece

2. Trim off all the edges of the fabric piece, removing any excess duct tape.

3. Trim a piece of the duct tape fabric that measures about 14" long and 2.5" wide. Trim one edge to a point.

trim a mitered edge using lines on cutting mat and ruler

If you have a cutting mat with guide lines and ruler, you can measure the center point of the short side of the piece. With a washable marker, mark the center point of the side (should be 1.25" if you are using my measurements), and line that point up with the point of the X on your cutting mat. Line the ruler up with the X's lines, and trim a perfect mitered edge on your piece.

Or you can just eyeball it.

duct tape phone case T formation

3. Cut two pieces of the duct tape fabric that measure about 3.75" long and .5" wide. These will be the sides of the case.

4. Put the two small pieces on the center of a piece of duct tape.

5. Attach the side pieces to the sides of the straight end of the main piece (should end up looking kind of like a T) -- these are your "wings."

Tip: leave a microscopic space between the side pieces and the main piece when attaching. This will allow ample room for the sides to fold up.

attaching sides of duct tape iphone case - animation

6. Put your phone on the top of the T, and wrap the long end of the strap up and around the bottom of the phone.

7. With your phone still inside the long strap, fold the wings up over the back side of the strap.

8. You should now have a pouch. All that's left to do now is add a strap to secure the front flap.

folding duct tape strap

9. To create the strap: Cut a piece of duct tape about 5.5" long. Fold it one-third up on the long end of the tape. Then fold down the top over the first fold. You should end up with a narrow, long strap.

duct tape phone case - strap front and back

10. Wrap the strap around the front of the case, not too tight. The backs of the strap should wrap around the back of the case.

11. Secure the back of the strap to the back of the case with duct tape. The easiest way is to put a piece of duct tape on each end of the strap, and fold it up (snug, but not too tight) and secure the duct tape to the back of the case.

duct tape iphone case

12. You're done. The front flap should slide easily in and out under the strap. Your phone should slide easily in and out of the case, but be pretty snug and secure inside.

duct tape iphone case

Scotch Duct Tape Colors and Patterns

Many thanks to my sponsor Scotch Duct Tape, who graciously provided me with tape and compensation in order to bring you this high-quality project tutorial! Scotch just launched a new line of duct tape: over 10 colors, 16 patterns and 10 combo packs of  Scotch Colors and Patterns Duct Tape.

Take the Style that Sticks quiz: Take this fun quiz at Scotch Duct Tape's Site -- answer 3 questions that lead you to your personal style (Glamorous, Traditional or Trendy) and patterns and projects that align with that style. In addition to recommending fun and unique DIY projects, along with select duct tapes, the quiz ends with an option to enter your email address to win one of hundreds of free combo pack samples every day.

I found some AMAZING DIY projects there! Like:

tumbling block art

Duct Tape Tumbling Block Art by The Glamourai

neon duct tape cuff

Neon Duct Tape Chevron Cuff Bracelet by Brit.co

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This post is a collaboration with Scotch Colors and Patterns Duct Tape, whose celebration of unique personal style led to this post.

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4 Comments »

  • Randi - Dukes and Duchesses said:

    Very fun! Love the patterns. I love the versatility of duct tape!

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  • Tiffany Doerr Guerzon said:

    Hello!

    I am a writer for ParentMap.com and ParentMap magazine (a Seattle-area parents’ magazine) and I am producing an online article about DIY Kids Gifts. I’d like to feature your Duct Tape Phone Case in our print magazine. I would describe the product and publish one of your images,and link back to your site. Our print publication is distributed across 60,000 homes each month and our website receives more than 1.5 million page views a month. I will need a high-res picture for the article.

    Please let me know if you agree to be featured!

    Thank you,
    Tiffany Doerr Guerzon
    http://www.TDGuerzon.com
    [email protected]

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