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.

This blog post was written by Melissa Carroll. Leave her a comment or take a moment to like and/or share on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. She’ll enjoy it as much as you enjoyed her blog post. 🙂
  • July 23, 2014 - 3:37 pm

    Wilma - I’m a beginner seamstress. Thanks for the chance to win this. So adorable!ReplyCancel

  • July 23, 2014 - 8:35 pm

    ConnieC - 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.ReplyCancel

  • July 25, 2014 - 4:16 pm

    Laura Stewart - Probably a beginner, I mostly stick to easy projects without patterns!ReplyCancel

  • July 28, 2014 - 9:50 pm

    Penny - 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.ReplyCancel

  • July 29, 2014 - 2:51 am

    Carole Rushton - A beginner – made some simple clothes for my son when he was small.ReplyCancel

  • July 29, 2014 - 5:44 am

    Vicki I. - “What’s a ‘seamstress’??” Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • July 29, 2014 - 12:18 pm

    Laurie Zyskind - Love the idea of printing digi patterns onto fabric to create. Adorable!ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 2:49 pm

    Lauren - Moderate seamstress!! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 2:51 pm

    Jill McLauchlin - 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!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 2:58 pm

    Jayne Vossen - I’m probably at a moderate level. Cute project!ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 3:03 pm

    Jo Ann Hurst - I am an advanced seamstress with many ufo’s in my stash!ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 3:07 pm

    Gena Harakal - Adorable and functional. A definite mudt have!ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 3:14 pm

    Nikolette B - I would probably say I am a moderate to advanced beginner seamstress. Love the project, thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 3:23 pm

    NinaN - 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!ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 3:25 pm

    Joy - 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!ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 3:30 pm

    Melody White - Advanced beginner/moderate seamstress. I could use about half a dozen of these around my house!ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 3:42 pm

    connie - Now that is neat!ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 3:42 pm

    Brandi Brown - Love this! I would say I am moderate…ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 3:47 pm

    stacie - Moderate leaning towards advanced. Or too dumb to know I can’t 🙂 love the cozy!!ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 3:49 pm

    Donna - Lovely fabric, great design! I’m a moderate level seamstress.ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 3:50 pm

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

  • July 31, 2014 - 3:52 pm

    anna brown - moderate…. love sewing love he ideaReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 3:53 pm

    MaryJane Tingle - 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!ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 4:02 pm

    Paige Gonzalez - 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…. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • August 2, 2014 - 9:45 am

      Melissa Carroll - 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!ReplyCancel

      • August 2, 2014 - 11:16 am

        Paige Gonzalez - 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….ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 4:04 pm

    Debra Gibbs - This is the cutest thing I’ve seen…would love to have one…not sure my brain can decipher the sewing directions…ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 4:08 pm

    maggie buzzell - Love that little holder. I would say that I am a moderate seamstress, certainly not advanced.ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 4:20 pm

    Alta Morris - This is fabulous idea. Wish I had come up with it lol lol lol.ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 4:27 pm

    Elaine - 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.ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 4:29 pm

    Christine Sherman - I’m a moderate quilter. I like simple bags, runners and pouches also. I’m a very beginner clothes maker 🙂ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 4:31 pm

    Cathy - Awesome, I love this.ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 4:35 pm

    Mary Graff - What a cute idea. I’ve been sewing for many years and consider myself an “advanced” seamstress.ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 4:37 pm

    Pat Triska - 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.ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 4:41 pm

    ellen - 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:)ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 5:10 pm

    Sally Turner - 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!!!ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 5:31 pm

    Nancy - I have lots of experience, but experience doesn’t equal skill, now does it!ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 5:33 pm

    Elizabeth c - Moderate skills. I love this! I really hope to wiin, I don’t get many opportunities to sew latelyReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 5:50 pm

    Nola - Bright idea!ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 6:06 pm

    Maree - 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! ☺ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 6:23 pm

    Val Vincent Brooks - This is FABULOUS ♡ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 6:24 pm

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

  • July 31, 2014 - 6:24 pm

    Nancy - Thank you for sharing your pattern/ tutorial. It is pretty and practical!ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 6:36 pm

    sam - 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.ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 6:38 pm

    LMJF - NEED AN EREADER SIZE TOO…ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 6:51 pm

    Denise - Great idea! Thank you for posting!ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 7:09 pm

    Melisa H. - I’m a moderate sewer. Project is so cute! Thanks for the chance at winning!ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 7:14 pm

    De De G - I am a good — not great sewer. LOVE this cute idea – thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 7:17 pm

    Cathy - 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
    CheersReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 7:41 pm

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

  • July 31, 2014 - 8:41 pm

    Vicki F. - I am probably a moderate sewer.ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 8:44 pm

    Pauline - this looks pretty neat and I would love to have oneReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 9:04 pm

    Deanna Carpinelli - I love this innovative projectReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 9:46 pm

    Cyndi Shaver - I am a moderate sewer. Love the fabric and idea, great present idea.ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 9:58 pm

    Rebecca Hansford - Thanks for chance to win this one–beginner seamstress.ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 11:16 pm

    Pam Dardis - This is so adorable, can’t wait to make one. Hope I can find the fabric. I’m a moderate seamstress.ReplyCancel

  • August 1, 2014 - 12:07 am

    Gail Goodwin - I love this, what a great idea as it gets it off the bench, floor etc and what beautiful fabric especially the hexi fabric!ReplyCancel

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    Judy Mackley - I am a moderate seamstress, this is a fabulous idea.ReplyCancel

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    Carrie P - So cute. I think I am a moderate sewer.ReplyCancel

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    Lisa - Moderate, and this is adorable!ReplyCancel

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    Kathleen - Advanced sewist. Love to stitch, pretty much anything fabric. Lovin that cosy!ReplyCancel

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    Priscilla McDermott - You’re so creative and talented.ReplyCancel

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    Becky - Adorable!! We have that same play kitchen in our house 🙂ReplyCancel

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    Kathy Gaines - Wouldn’t these be perfect stocking stuffers? I want to give it a try?ReplyCancel

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    Hope W - I think it’s an awesome idea! Thank you! Can’t wait to make these. Cool.ReplyCancel

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    Belinda Cleverley - 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.ReplyCancel

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    Paige Gonzalez - 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!ReplyCancel

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    EDITH PRINGLE - 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!ReplyCancel

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    Shonna - Great pattern, thanks!ReplyCancel

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    Leslie - I absolutely love this adorable phone holder! Very clever and the fabrics makes these so darn cute!!!ReplyCancel

  • December 27, 2014 - 3:33 am

    Sabrina - 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 photosReplyCancel

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