DIY Phone and Charger Holder
Traveling? Or just needing somewhere to put your phone when it’s charging? Well, here is an amazingly simple DIY that will always allow you to find your charger easily and so you’ll never have to put your phone on the ground again! This pocket holder will hold your phone, and use your charger as the “hook” to keep it off the ground. Plus it doubles as a charger pouch for when you're traveling. Goodbye tangled cords!
Tools & Materials:
*Note: Measurements can vary depending on the size of your phone and charger. This tutorial is made to accommodate any sized phone or charger!
1. Cotton fabric 20cm to 30cm needed (depending on the size of phone or tablet)
2. Matching or contrasting Bias tape (enough to go around the outside of the fabric). For a 30cm cut, 1m of bias tape is needed.
3. Heavy Interfacing 20m to 30cm (same size as width of fabric)
4.1 hanging button, no front facing button holes
5. 20cm of thin elastic
6. 1 Curtain grommet (large enough that your charger can fit through it)
7. Matching/Contrasting thread
8. Straight pins
9. Hand-Sewing needle
10. Liquid School Glue
11. Fray Check or other fray proofing glue
I created my pouch to hold my Pixel phone and to fit my custom charger. It is large enough to accommodate pretty much any phone, but the size of your fabric and cuts may vary depending on your phone or tablet. My finished product is 5” wide x 9.5” tall, with a 4.5” pocket opening x 6” pocket depth. The finished grommet hole is 1 ¾ “ diameter.
Step 1: Measure and cut out your fabric. I placed my phone on the fabric and measured out the size of it and allowed for a 1” allowance on either side of the phone. Then, using my grommet for sizing, placed it 1” above the top of my phone and allowed for a 1” allowance from the top of the grommet.
My final measurements were 5.5” width x 10” height. Cut two.
Step 2: Measure and cut out your pocket. Using the height of my phone and the 1” allowance I used for the bottom of the pocket seams I measured out the height I’d like. Keeping the same width as the fabric I had already cut.
My final measurements were 6.5” height x 5.5” width. Cut two.
Step 3: Cut out your interfacing to the same 5.5” width x 10” height. I trimmed a small amount off of every side to it fit flush with my fabric. You will only be interfacing the backing of the fabric, not the pocket. Iron on your interfacing, or if it is sew-in, it can be sewn in with the next step.
Step 4: Pin your backing fabric wrong sides together with the interfacing "sandwiched" between the two layers.
Machine baste your layers together with a 1/4" seam allowance. Your basting is visible for now, but will be covered up later by your bias tape. I curved my corners for my project, but this is not necessary.
Step 5: Take your pocket pieces and pin them right sides together. Another way you can do the pocket that might take away some bulk (especially if you're using a heavier fabric) is to stitch the pocket together on just 1 side and turn. And then sew the pocket directly to the fabric baking. (The seams will be hidden by the bias tape).
If you'd rather do it with a firmer bottom, follow the instructions below.
Sew 3 sides of the pocket together, leaving the BOTTOM of your pocket open. Trim the corners.
Turn your pocket right side out.
Step 6: Pin your pocket to the bottom of your backing fabric. Pin corner to corner at the bottom only. The “open” part of your pocket should be pinned to the BACK of your fabric.
Trim corners of the pocket off if you are “curving” your corners.
Step 7: Sew just the bottom of your pocket and fabric together. It should create one long rectangle shape.
Turn the fabric and press the corners of the pocket inwards, hiding the bulk of your seams. This makes it a bit easier to sew on your bias tape at the end, since there will be quite a few layers at the bottom of the pouch.
Step 8: Sew the sides of your pocket to the fabric backing. You should have a little pocket now!
Step 9: Take your bias tape and hide all your raw edges. There is a two step method apply your bias tape that takes a bit more time, but will leave a very polished look. For a more in depth explanation, and visual aid follow the [Link] here to our BBQ Apron video tutorial. Myles goes into great depth on how to create your own bias tape, and how to apply it in an easy and smooth way.
Be sure to sew the back of the bias tape on first all the way around. Then repeat the action by folding the bias tape over and top stitching it into place.
Finish your bias tape off with either fray check or sew it closed. I did mine a bit messily by sewing, but fray check works amazingly well to seal off your fabric ends!
Step 10: Take your grommet apart and trace out the INNER portion of the hole against your fabric. Cut as close to the line as you can manage to get rid of the excess fabric. I basted the outside of my circle so everything stayed together smoothly when I was applying the grommet.
Step 11: Put a small amount of liquid school glue (ideally one that dries clear) on the inside of the grommet ring. Press together with the backing around your hole until it snaps shut. For a more in-depth view on how to apply a curtain grommet, follow the [Link] here to watch our video.
Step 12: Fold over your top flap with the grommet and see where the hole lands organically. Place your button in the center of this point and hand sew onto the pocket only. Careful not to seal the pocket shut.
Then sew your elastic strip far enough down that is creates a small amount of tension against the bottom so it keeps closed. Sew just the bottom part of the elastic to the pocket, again making sure not to accidentally seal the pocket shut.
That’s it! Now you have a handy phone and charger holder. It can act as its own anchor while it charges, or be used for transport.
Let us know if you liked this tutorial and if you created a phone holder using this technique!