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How to Sew a Cell Phone Bag and Free Pattern

In “Fast & Fabulous Purses”, Threads #178 (April/May 2015), Judith Neukam shared a pattern and step-by-step instructions for sewing a quick-to-make clutch bag. While this elegant little bag gives you enough room to store your wallet among other essentials, you may find a time when all you need to carry is your cell phone. For such occasions, we’re offering a free, downloadable pattern to make a stylish bag just for your mobile device.

how to sew a cell phone bag for your iphone or other smartphone

To make this cell phone bag you’ll need the instructions found in the original story. The bag is narrower than the clutch pattern shown in the article. It has a 90-degree gusset folded four times to create pleats, as shown.

Print the free pattern, then enlarge it so the 1-inch sample square measures 1 inch on a side. You can do this on a photocopier, or you can hand-draft the pattern on paper with a 1-inch grid.

download free cell phone bag pattern

As you can see, we’ve included gusset foldlines and the punch-hole placements. Notice in the original instructions that you’ll need to hand-sew the free edge of the gusset to the bag front (Step 3 beneath “Anchor the Gusset” page 31), because the 90-degree gusset has a free edge.

Do you plan on sewing this cell phone bag? If so, be sure to share your creations in our Readers Closet photo gallery.


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    JennyD | | #1

    I didn't think to create something small like that but it can be a good way and also to change my routine. Thanks for idea ! I'll take a look

  2. Garber75 | | #2

    very nice pattern for bags. I was thinking it to be very difficult. Thank you

  3. caroline75 | | #3

    That is some seriously advanced sewing techniques, i don't think i'll be abot to do that, but i'll try!

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    JonaWilloughby | | #4

    Very nice pattern

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    justinvaseur88 | | #5

    Minded work. Very unique designed bag

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    Foulders | | #6

    I download this pattern, so nice.

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