Phone Charger Cozy + GIVEAWAY

Hi there, I’m Melissa, a mom to a 4yo girl, Etsy Shop owner, Blogger and more.  I’m also on the Deena Rutter Creative Team as a Pocket Scrapbooker. I love being on Deena’s team and getting to play with all of her latest and greatest digital designs. One day a package arrived from Deena as a Thank You gift for being on the Creative Team. In my goodie bag was 1/2 yard of each of these delicious fabrics from the “So Happy Together” line produced for Riley Blake.

Deena Rutter  – “So Happy Together” Hexi Blue
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Deena Rutter – “So Happy Together” Flower Pink

I had recently just read this blog post by Positively Splendid with a great pattern for sewing up a fabric phone charger cozy and knew that was what I wanted to do with this beautiful fabric. So, off to the cutting mat I went!

 

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MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • Fabric Phone Charging Station PDF Pattern Piece (Free Download)

  • Fabric in two coordinating patterns (scraps or fat quarters work great for this project)
  • (1) 10×5″ piece Peltex
  • (1) 10×5″ piece fusible fleece
  • Washable ink marker
  • 6.5″ of 1/2″ bias tape maxi piping (optional)
  • (1) 1 9/16″ plastic curtain grommet with setting kit
  • Coordinating thread
  • Denim sewing needle
  • Basic sewing supplies (machine, scissors, iron, pins, clips etc)

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Start off by printing the 2 page pattern and cutting it out. Be sure to print the pages at 100% (not shrink to fit page). Then proceed to cut out the material as directed. Transfer the markings for the Pocket Piece.

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Iron the Peltax to the wrong side of the front Main Body Piece according to your products instructions. Iron the fusible fleece to the wrong side of the back Main Body Piece and the front Pocket Piece.

Line up the 2 pocket pieces right sides together, sandwiching the maxi piping in between. Sew along the top using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Open and turn the pocket piece so that wrong sides are together. Iron well.

Let’s pleat the pocket now. Using your marking as a guide, bring point B over to point A and pin/clip. Then bring point C over to point D and pin/clip. At this point I like to iron the pleats down a bit to get them to cooperate with me.

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Now we are going to baste the pocket to the right side of the front Main Body Piece. This is where you want to be sure to have a denim needle in the machine. Slowly baste (at a 5.0 stitch length) with a 1/4″ seam allowance from the top of the pocket around and down to the pleats and back up to the other side of the pocket, matching sides are you go along. Or pinning first if you don’t like to take chances. 🙂

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Admire your pretty pleats.

OK, now we’re going to make a giant sandwich of all the pieces. Mark a 2″ section on the side with a fabric pen. This is the hole we will use to turn the piece right-side out! Pin or clip them together and head back to the machine to bring it all together. 2014-07-22_0005

Don’t forget to change your stitch length back to 2.5 or so. Slowly stitch around the entire piece stopping at ending at the pen marks (leaving an opening. This is where using a denim needle (90 or bigger) is really important as this is a big, fat sandwich by now!

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Clip your turns (ahem… I forgot!). Then grab a chopstick or some skinny little fingers and start turning your creation right-side out! Take your time, it WILL fit through that little hole we left. Once it’s turned out PRESS PRESS PRESS. Fold in the opening and PRESS some more. Now your going to topstitch around the entire piece with a 1/8″ seam allowance to close up that hole and prevent anything from shifting.

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Now comes the fun part. Follow the instructions on the package of the curtain grommets.

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Using the template provided, draw the circle with fabric pen. Cut out the circle. Fit the two grommet piece below and above the fabric piece and snap together and you’re done! Cool, huh?

Of course, if you have a small child in your house you may find yourself fighting over who gets to use the cozy and for what.

 

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Just a word of caution, this product is not recommended for unattended prolong charging (such as overnight). And although you are able to hook the cozy directly over the charger plug as shown to the right, I highly recommend placing a hook next to the outlet to hang the cozy from instead as phones and chargers can get very hot while plugged in. Please use with extreme care.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Does this all seem like too much work to you? Or do you just LOVE these Deena Rutter fabrics together? Well, it’s your lucky day!

Enter to win this very Phone Charger Cozy for yourself!

Simply leave a blog post comment below telling us what level of seamstress you are:

Beginner, Moderate Skills, Advanced, Project Runway finalist, “What’s a ‘seamstress’??”

Contest closes July 31, 2014 at 11:59pm. Winner will be randomly chosen from comments.

Update 8/2/14:  A winner has been chosen and contacted. Congratulations, Paige Gonzales!

Thank you SO much for all your comments.

81 Replies to “Phone Charger Cozy + GIVEAWAY”

  1. Really cute project. I saved that tutorial.
    I’ll have to say beginner. I’ve sewed a few things. I wish I could see like my mom does.

  2. Moderate, for me. I quilt. Every Christmas our little group sews something small for each other. This might have to be one of those gifts. Thanks for the chance.

  3. so perfect when you are at the office and want to recharge your personal phone, you definitely won’t forget it, and its such an attractive case no one would give you grief over it. Also if you are travelling, with it in such a great case you are less likely to leave it laying around the hotel room as you do your last minute charge as you check out, as the fabric holder will remind you that its your phone! Fab idea!!!!!

  4. Such a super cute idea! I would love to win!

    I wonder if using a mesh fabric for the front or back panel would help it have more air circulation. It wouldn’t be as cute though!

  5. I love this idea! I would never have thought of the grommet! I need to make one. I’d put my skill level at the high end of moderate. I would love to be your winner. Thanks!

  6. Oh my this is so awesome. I would love to win considering my sewing machine is buried since the kids were born!! very cool!

  7. What a cute idea! I have to make one! I’m a moderate seamstress I guess just beginning to get interested in crafts and this ones fantastic! Thanks for puttin this up!

  8. I love this! It is so stinking cute!!! I try to made gifts for my sister and sister in laws for Christmas, just a little something. This would be perfect! Where did you find the knob hanger you have it on in the first picture? Man I just love it…. 🙂

    1. The hook that I used is a 3M Command Hook. I have these things all OVER my house! They are perfect for Christmas stocking, hanging buntings, etc. etc. Love them! P.S. YOU ARE THE WINNER!! Congratulations, Paige!

      1. YEAH!!! I am so excited. I just love this idea and love that I have an original prototype! I am a beginner so all the help I can get it great. The set by set instructions help too! Thant you for answering my question about the knob too. I thought it might be a command strip but wasn’t sure. A phone charger cozy and knob for everyone this year!!! 🙂 Thank you so much….

  9. This is the cutest thing I’ve seen…would love to have one…not sure my brain can decipher the sewing directions…

  10. Even though I have been sewing for years. I consider myself to be a moderate seamstress. New products and techniques always come out and it is an always learning craft. What a wonderful idea, thank you for sharing.

  11. I guess I would say that I am an advanced sewer. I love the idea of hanging the phone on the wall and it is so cute.

  12. I am a quilter/crafter as seamstress is a term for a garment sewer. I would say I am moderate, just not fussy or diligent enough to be more. I am satisfied with my skills, but envious of those who work so hard @ perfection:)

  13. I’m not sure how I would be classified even though I’ve been sewing for over 65 years. Clothing, home decor & my biggest love, quilting. I love the cell phone cozy. Such a handy little gift to make for friends for birthday, Christmas, you name it!
    I know I would use & enjoy one!!!

  14. Way cool! Hmmm . . . guess I’m “moderately advanced”. 😉 Thanks a bunch for the chance to win your Phone Charger Cozy and for the awesome tutorial, too! ☺

  15. I am an advanced seamstress…. been sewing since I was 10 years old and we won’t say how long that’s been. LOL

  16. I’m an intermediate sewer but do like to be challenged. Love this little phone charger. Cute idea for a gift. Just stick a gift card inside and a cool use long after the gift card is gone.

  17. Hi
    LOVE the fabric and the project. Great tutorial 🙂
    I am a tentative moderate ” seamstress” haha
    I also Love your pincushion.
    Would love to win
    Cheers

  18. I am still a beginner seamstress, have been wanting to make one of these bit a little scared. The fabric is awesome, though 🙂

  19. I love this, what a great idea as it gets it off the bench, floor etc and what beautiful fabric especially the hexi fabric!

  20. Thank you sew much…I have been wanting to make some of these. Yours is the coolest one yet and has a tutorial. You can’t get better then that.

  21. YEAH!!! I am so excited. I just love this idea and love that I have an original prototype! I am a beginner so all the help I can get it great. The set by set instructions help too! Thant you for answering my question about the knob too. I thought it might be a command strip but wasn’t sure. A phone charger cozy and knob for everyone this year!!! 🙂 I have the grommets already. Thank you so much….
    p.s. July 31st was my Birthday!

  22. What a spectacular idea! Would love to win the Phone Charger Cozy. I charge my phone on the kitchen counter. Having the Cozy would certainly prevent a disaster like spilling a glass of tea on the counter and frying my phone!

  23. This was an awesome gift my mom has already made a couple and I made my first one tonight in about an hour and a half and I’m definitely a beginner thanks to awesome step by step direction along with photos

  24. great project and I have made a few but I am having a lot of trouble with attaching the plastic grommet without cracking the grommet. Do you have to cut a larger hole than detailed to allow for the thicker fabric so that the grommet will meet and snap together. That is where the whole things goes to pot for me. Would appreciate your help on this. Thanks

  25. Right now there’s no way to get this exact dress, since I’m not currently seillng my designs. But I’m sure you could find someone on Etsy to make you something similar!

  26. That’s actually pretty funny. Maybe Pure Adapt should adopt the skull as per Cuil’s suggestion. Nice sort’a evil feel to it.{BTW: I searched sports lizard & got the home page}To make a cranky post back to school, can I suggest: ‘How did Cuil get all that attention?’ They’re not the 1st SE to launch since G!. Because they’re Google renegades? Do they have an awesome PR company?

  27. I was starting to wonder if you had stopped writing. Glad your back at it. I enjoy reading your blog. After reading what you went through to wash dishes, it makes me doubly glad that not only do I live in a country with dishwashers, but especially regular, running water! You rock, America! lol

  28. Autrement dit, toute cette histoire a été inventée par les hommes pour restreindre, étouffer dans l’oeuf la sexualité des femmes et contrôler la reproduction de leur rejetons…Pis après utiliser tous les moyens possibles pour bien vous brainwasher…. Ce qui inclus les contes, les romans, les chansons, etc. Écrit par des hommes dans la très grande majorité (historiquement). Reste plus qu’à vous culpabiliser de pas être «conforme» aux normes édictées, et le tour est joué!On a déjà eu cette discussion…

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