Leather iPhone Purse Tutorial

Let’s be honest, that phone in your back pocket isn’t doing your butt any favors :). Why not make an easy and cute leather iPhone purse carrier? Perfect for holding your phone, a key, and a little bit of cash or credit cards. The essentials for when you are traveling, or just want to be a minimalist. This cute and practical leather iphone purse tutorial was created by Jessica Abbot from the Sewing Rabbit.

Leather iPhone Purse Tutorial  - Finished iPhone Purse

Leather iPhone Purse Tutorial  - Finished Purse Closed

Materials & Tools:

Leather iPhone Purse Tutorial - Materials

  • 18″ L x 5″ W – Soft, Supple Leather 3 – 6 oz weight (size of leather needed depends on your phone size, but this is enough for an iPhone 6)
  • 52″ Leather string
  • Leather Needle – Size 110/18
  • Coordinating Thread
  • Fabric Scissors / Rotary Cutter
  • Binder Clips
  • Standard Presser Foot (BERNINA Reverse Pattern Foot #1)
  • Revolving Punch Pliers
  • Xacto Knife


Leather iPhone Purse Tutorial - Measure

Step 1

Measure your phone width and length. To determine the size of the main piece of leather to cut:

  • Add 1.25″ to the phone width measurement = Leather Purse Width
  • Multiply your phone length measurement by 2, then add 2″ = Leather Purse Length

Step 2

Cut purse pattern pieces:

  • Cut (1) leather purse ‘Main’ pattern piece using the above measurements. (Purse width x purse length measurement).
  • (1) leather purse ‘Loop’ 1.25″ L x .375″ W
  • (2) leather purse ‘Straps’ 2.75″ L x .5″ W

*Optional – for a more decorative purse ‘Strap’, cut one end slightly larger and rounded, and narrow the strap down to .5″ wide at the bottom. Make sure both straps are exactly the same shape.

Leather iPhone Purse Tutorial - Cutting

Step 3

Using rotary scissors, curve the ends of your Main pattern piece on ONE SIDE only.

Leather iPhone Purse Tutorial - cutting slits

Step 4

On the other side of your Main pattern piece, mark the center of the shorter side edge, and measure 2″ down from that edge. Cut (2) small .375″ slits in the leather, both .25″ away on either side from the center mark. An Xacto knife works great for cutting these slits.

Leather iPhone Purse Tutorial - secure loop edge

Step 5

Slip one edge of the Loop into one slit, pushing .25″ of the loop edge through onto the wrong side.  Edge stitch on the outer edge of the slit to secure the Loop edge in place.

Slip the other edge of the Loop into the opposite slit .25″, and repeat the edge stitching on the opposite outer edge of the slit to secure.

Leather iPhone Purse Tutorial - Preparing the Straps

Step 6

Place your (2) Straps wrong sides together, matching up all raw edges. Sew around the edges. This will give you a tougher / thicker Strap pattern piece.

Leather iPhone Purse Tutorial -  Attach Strap to Main Pattern Piece

Step 7

Place the upper edge of the Strap (the rounded edge if you did the optional decorative touch from Step 2), along the center of the Main pattern piece curved edge. 1.25″ of the strap should be on the Main pattern piece, and 1.75″ of the strap should be hanging off. Sew around, being careful to sew exactly where your sewn lines are from the previous step, attaching the strap to the main pattern piece.

Leather iPhone Purse Tutorial - Mark Bottom Fold of the Purse

Leather iPhone Purse Tutorial - Mark Bottom fold of Purse and place trap for loop

Step 8

Fold the bottom of the main pattern piece (the loop side), up towards the top of the purse, wrong sides together. You want to be able to fold down the top of the purse, so that the strap can comfortably slip inside the loop.  Once you have the fold correct, use a binder clip to mark the bottom fold of the purse.

Leather iPhone Purse Tutorial - clip side seams

Step 9

Open up the purse, and refold right sides together, using your binder clip as a guide for the correct bottom purse fold. Clip together the side seams, and sew using a .375″ seam allowance.

Leather iPhone Purse Tutorial - Trim Seam Allowances and Corner Edges

Step 10

Trim seam allowance and corner edges.

Leather iPhone Purse Tutorial  - Trim Side Edges of Upper Purse Flap

Step 11

Trim the side edges of the upper purse flap, so that the flap is the same width as your bottom purse, from the seam to the upper curved edge.

Leather iPhone Purse Tutorial _ Use your Revolving Punch Plier

Step 12

Use your Revolving Punch Pliers, and measure .75″ from the edge of the top flap folded edge (with the strap inside the loop).

Leather iPhone Purse Tutorial - Make Two Holes with the Revolving Punch Plier

Step 13

Make 2 holes on each side.

Leather iPhone Purse Tutorial - Connect String

Step 14

Slip ends of leather string inside of the holes, and make a knot on each end.

And you are finished!


Leather iPhone Purse Tutorial - Finished including iPhone

Leather iPhone Purse Tutorial  - Finished Purse in Action

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