Another iPhone 5 case

I’ve made several of these iPhone/iPod cases using this tutorial from a couple of years ago. I’ve had several more requests from friends and family, so finally decided to create an embroidery design for it. And of course a tutorial. The iPhone_case embroidery design measures 4.22”x10.24”(107.3x259.7) and fits an iPhone 5 with bumper; but you can always adjust for a smaller phone. It’s included in the following formats: VP3, HUS, PES, EXP, DST, XXX and SHV.

Here’s what you need:

iPhone_case embroidery design
Two 4 1/4” x 1 3/4” strips of light pink cotton
Two 4 1/4" x 1 1/2” strips each of medium pink, dark pink and gray cotton 
4 1/4” x 2 1/2” strip of medium gray cotton
4 1/4” x 10 3/4” strip of cotton: lining
14” x 16” strip of cotton batting
Cotton thread to match
2” strip of fusible web
Temporary adhesive spray
40wt rayon thread (optional)
Embroidery bobbin thread (optional)

Here’s how:

1.  Setup your sewing machine for embroidery following manufacturer’s directions. Thread on top and in the bobbin with the matching cotton thread.

Even though you are stitching in the embroidery hoop you are still sewing the color_chartfabric strips together; that is why you need to use regular sewing thread on top and in the bobbin.

The color changes in the iPhone_case design are in place to stop the sewing process, to allow you to place the fabric strips into position. Use cotton thread in a shade that matches or blends-in with the colors of the fabric strips. Generally there is no need to change the thread color, except where the fabric color changes dramatically.

2.  Increase top tension to balance it. In embroidery mode, your embroidery sewing machine automatically lowers the top tension so that the top thread wraps slightly to the back. So, when you want to actually stitch fabric pieces together in embroidery mode, you have to increase your top tension to balance, as it would be for regular sewing.

Organize the fabric pieces for easy access during the embroidery process.

3.  Hoop stabilizer; put hoop into position onto your embroidery sewing machine. Select the iPhone_case embroidery design. To save batting, move the design in the hoop all the way to the left or right.

patch1_and_2Follow the diagram, above right, for which fabric strips to use and the order in which they are sewn into place.

4.  Stitch out the first color. This marks out the placement lines for the patchwork.

5.  Spray the back of patch #1 with the temporary adhesive spray and position into the hoop, right side up and with the edges lined up against the stitched mark out. Place patch #2 overtop of patch #1, with right sides facing and lining up the edges as shown.

Feel free to use a pin to keep the patches together.

6.  Stitch out the next color to stitch patch #2 into place. Flip the strip to the right side and finger press into place.

All subsequent strips are also placed with right sides facing.patch3

7.  Position patch #3 overtop of patch #2, with right sides facing and lining up the edges as shown. Stitch out the next color to stitch patch #3 into place. Flip the strip to the right side and finger press into place. Repeat this step with the remaining patches.


Want to add initials or a name? Use the built-in lettering on your embroidery sewing machine before the final color stop. Be sure to change top and bobbin thread for embroidery (40wt rayon on top and embroidery bobbin thread in the bobbin).lining

8.  If you added initials or a name, then be sure to re-thread with the cotton thread on top and in the bobbin. Place the lining strip on top of the patchwork in the hoop, with right sides facing. Stitch the final color.

9.  Remove from hoop and press gently. Trim away all thread tails from the front and back. Trim batting even with lining.

10. Trim corners to reduce bulk. Turn to the right side. Gently push out corners and press. Slip the fusible web in the opening and press closed.

11. Fold in half with the lining on the inside. Stitch the sides 1/8” from the edge.