We have been taking a lot more family bike rides and I love it! It’s so much fun! However, it’s really frustrating when we go for a bike ride and I don’t have pockets to carry my phone, credit card, or keys! I decided that I needed something to go on my handlebars to carry the essentials. I couldn’t get anything too big because my brake lines and shifter cables would be in the way. So, I made a little phone pouch that I can hang out of the way and still be able to carry my stuff. I love how it turned out! I even added a little pocket on the front for a credit card, cash, or keys. This phone pouch could also be used on a stroller handle or even on a belt! I think I might make another one to carry snacks! 🙂 Do you need a phone pouch?? Let’s make one!
- Fabric scraps
- Fusible interfacing (I used fusible fleece because that’s what I have on hand)
- A button (or snaps if you prefer!)
- Basic sewing supplies
- The first thing you want to do is measure your phone so your phone pouch is sure to be the perfect size! Measure the length and width of your phone.
- Now, add some seam allowances to your measurements so you know what size fabric pieces to cut. I added a total of 1 inch to both the width and length measurements. I also rounded up a bit to make sure I had some wiggle room. My phone measured 3.25 inches wide and 6.25 long, I just used 3.5 and 6.5 inches. You can use my measurements if you want, but I highly recommend taking your own! Phones come in all different sizes and phone cases add even more variety, so it’s best if you get your own measurements.
Cut your fabric for your phone pouch
- You will cut 2 pieces of main fabric to the dimensions that you determined in the last step (phone measurements plus seam allowances).
- My fabric was 4.5 inches wide by 7.5 inches long
- Now, cut 2 pieces of interfacing to the same measurements as your main pieces
- Cut 1 pocket piece from contrast fabric. The pocket piece will be the same width as your main fabric by however high you’d like it to be.
- My pocket piece was 4.5 inches wide by 4.25 inches long.
- Cut your strap piece from main fabric.
- My strap was 2.5 inches wide by 8.5 inches long.
- Be sure that you have enough room for a button, seam allowances, and to wrap all the way around your handlebar!! You don’t want to end up with a too short strap! My handlebar measures 3.75 inches.
- Cut a strap piece from interfacing, this will be the same measurement as your main strap piece.
Attach the interfacing
- You are going to fuse your interfacing pieces to your main fabric pieces.
- Follow the directions of your specific interfacing to fuse it to the wrong side of both main pieces and your strap piece.
Time to start sewing your phone pouch!
- First, you are going to hem your main pieces and your pocket piece.
- To do this, fold the top of your pocket fabric down to the wrong side by 1/4 inch.
- Press well.
- Then, fold that edge again another 1/4 inch.
- Press well.
- Sew along the edge to secure the hem.
- Repeat with the two main pieces.
Sew the strap
- To sew the strap, fold one of the short edges in to the wrong side by 1/4 inch.
- Then, fold the strap in half long ways with right sides together.
- Pin or clip along the long edge and the short edge that you folded.
- Press well.
- Sew along the folded short edge and the long, open edge. I used a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
- Now, you are going to turn your strap right side out.
- To do this, use the open short end and fold it back and then use a tube turner or pencil and start pushing the fabric through.
- It take a bit of patience to get it started and flipped right sides out, just keep working on it.
- If you don’t like turning a skinny tube, you can always make your strap wider or sew it like you are making binding.
- Once it is right sides out, press well.
- Hem the open edge that you used for turning by pushing the raw edges into the tube.
- Press well.
- Top stitch it closed.
Attach the strap to the main back piece
- Lay your strap piece on the wrong side of your back piece.
- Be sure you attach the strap to the top of the back piece and be sure that it is centered!
- I put my strap about 1 inch down from the top of my back piece.
- Sew the strap to the back piece.
- Be sure to back stitch and sew a few rows of stitches to reinforce it. You don’t want it to come apart while you’re using it!
- I sewed a square and then an X through the square.
- Decide where you want your buttonhole.
- I put mine in the center about 1/4 inch below the hem stitches.
- Use your buttonhole foot on your sewing machine to sew a button hole.
- If you don’t want to sew a buttonhole, use snaps here! The snap will go on the right side of the front fabric.
Construct the phone pouch and pocket
- Place the pocket piece with the wrong side against the right side of the front piece.
- The pocket goes at the bottom of the front piece (opposite of the buttonhole).
- You can baste the pocket here if you want.
- Place the back piece (with strap attached) on top of the pocket and front with right sides together.
- Clip around the two sides and bottom of the phone pouch.
- Sew around those 3 edges. I used a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
- Cut the corners close to, but not through the stitches and trim seam allowance.
Add the button and you’re done!
- Turn phone pouch right side out and give it a good press.
- Fold your strap down over the front and decide where you want your button (or snap if you’re doing snaps).
- Hand sew your button onto the strap. The button goes on the top side when the strap is folded over the front of the phone pouch.
- If you’re doing snaps, attach your snap instead of sewing a button.