Sewing Tutorial: Make an Arm-band Phone Pouch

Resolve to sew & get in shape, too – bonus!

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to exercise more? Do you want to sew more, too? This quick and easy project is exactly what you need! This arm-band phone pouch keeps your phone handy and your hands free. It’s perfect for listening to music, podcasts or audiobooks as you exercise. The front pocket is the perfect size for holding a debit card or cash in case you need to grab a coffee while you’re out and about. The Dritz® soft waistband elastic makes a perfectly comfortable arm band, keeping your pouch in place while you’re kickin’ it.

Sewing Tutorial: Make an Arm-band Phone Pouch

These are the supplies needed to make this arm-band phone pouch:

Dritz® supplies:

Omnigrid® Supplies:

Other Supplies:


Sewing Tutorial: Make an Arm-band Phone Pouch

Before you get started, wanted to give a shout out to some of the key supplies needed for this project (besides your lovely fabrics, of course). We used the silver Dritz® soft waistband elastic, but check out the other colors/styles here. Don’t forget the Omnigrid® cutting tools – they’re a must-have in our tool box. 


Sewing Tutorial: Make an Arm-band Phone Pouch

Prep:

1) Measure the top circumference of your arm above your bicep using a tape measure. If you don’t have a tape measure, use a piece of string and measure the length of your string. The elastic needs to be 3/4ths of your arm circumference. For example: If measurement is 11”, cut elastic to 8” long. Cut your elastic accordingly.


Sewing Tutorial: Make an Arm-band Phone Pouch

2) Measure the width and height of your phone in its case. Round up to the nearest quarter inch. Write down the measurements.

3) To determine what size to cut your pouch fabrics, add 1.5” to the width of your phone measurement and 1.25” to the length of your phone measurement.

For example:

  • Phone is 3” wide x 5.75” tall
  • 1.5” + 3” = 4.5” wide
  • 1.25” + 5.75” = 7” tall

4) Cut fabrics and interfacing according to your measurements. Pocket height measurements will remain the same regardless of your phone size.

Cut sizes are using our measurements. Adjust bold numbers to match your phone’s measurements.

  • Cut 2:  4.5” x 7” of fabric A for pouch outer
  • Cut 2:  4.5” x 7” of fabric B for pouch lining
  • Cut 1:  4.5” x 6” of fabric B for pocket lining
  • Cut 1:  4.5” x 5” of fabric C for pocket outer
  • Cut 2:  4.5” x 7” of fusible fleece
  • Cut 1:  4.5” x 5” of lightweight interfacing

5) Fuse the fusible fleece to the wrong side of both pouch outer pieces. Set aside.


Sewing Tutorial: Make an Arm-band Phone Pouch

To make the pocket:

1) Fuse the lightweight interfacing to the wrong side of the pocket outer.

2) Place the pocket outer on top of the pocket lining, wrong sides together. Line up the bottom edges.

3) Fold top edge of lining over ½” so the raw edges meet. Press. Fold the lining fabric over ½” again so the lining creates a band across the top of the pocket and encases the raw edges. 


ewing Tutorial: Make an Arm-band Phone Pouch

4) Edgestitch along the bottom of the band with a 3.0mm stitch length.


ewing Tutorial: Make an Arm-band Phone Pouch

5) Place the pocket on an outer pouch piece. Line up the bottom edges. Baste the pocket in place with basting stitch using a ⅛” seam allowance.


Sewing Tutorial: Make an Arm-band Phone Pouch

To make the pouch:

1) On the other outer pouch piece, position the elastic, right side up, 2” down from the top with a ¼” overhang of elastic on each side. Sew the elastic onto the sides of the outer panel with ⅛” seam allowance. Sew over your stitches several times for added security.


Sewing Tutorial: Make an Arm-band Phone Pouch

2) Fold and pin the elastic to pouch piece so it will not catch in the seams. Place the pouch pieces right sides together and pin.

3) Sew along both sides and across the bottom with a ¼” seam allowance. Backstitch at the beginning and end. Do not sew across the top. Trim the corners.

4) Turn the outer pouch right side out, gently poking out the corners. Set aside.


ewing Tutorial: Make an Arm-band Phone Pouch

5) Place the two lining pieces right sides together and pin. Sew along both sides and across the bottom with a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving a 2” opening at the bottom. Backstitch at the beginning and end of your stitches. Trim the corners.


Sewing Tutorial: Make an arm-band phone pouch

6) Insert the outer pouch into the lining, right sides together. Sew around the top edges with a ¼” seam allowance, backstitching at the beginning and end. Pull the outer pouch through the opening in the lining. Sew the opening in the lining closed either by hand or machine.

7) Push the lining into the pouch. Edgestitch ⅛” from pouch top edge.


Sewing Tutorial: Make an arm-band phone pouch

That’s it! Your new arm-band phone pouch is ready to wear! You ready to walk??

Let us know what you’re up to! We’d really love to hear what you’re making to kick off 2016!

Jennifer Mathis is an advocate for modern sewing and design and we love her work. A big thanks to Jennifer for designing this cute and functional phone pouch for us. Be sure to check out more of her tutorials and patterns at Ellison Lane.

 

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