With this printable iPhone case pattern, you can fold your very own customisable case. Just trace the printout on the material of your choice (I’m demonstrating it with a nice, soft felt case) and fold. No glue, stitches or staples required.
Getting the Pattern
You can either print your DIY case straight onto the material you’ll use (if your printer can handle it) or you can use ordinary paper to make a traceable pattern. Since felt doesn’t fit all that nicely in my printer, I’m printing the pattern to paper first, then tracing to the felt.
Tracing the Pattern
Folding It Up
Have Some Fun with Shapes
Mario was hiding on The Age.
Grab Your Crayons!
What Were We Thinking?
The angry wallpaper is a part of Jesus Diaz’s collection.
The only reason you’d need glue for this project is if you decide to stick on some decorations. The case stays in one piece and keeps your phone pretty safe without any sticky stuff. (I did some very scientific testing involving throwing my poor Mario-encased iPhone across the room repeatedly (and gently!) Only one out of fifteen tosses resulted in the phone slipping out of the case. Reasonably comparable to a non-DIY case.)
If you decide to try this project and like the result, snap a picture and send it over to tips at lifehacker.com with the subject of “Fold-it-Yourself Case,” We’d love to see what you come up with.