Tuesday 5 June 2012

DIY Tutorial - IPhone Stand

I don't know about you but I like to watch TV programmes on my Iphone when I am feeling bored (usually in my lunch breaks at work), but I always have trouble finding something to prop it up against. If you are anything like me then you have probably resorted to using a cup or a book, but not any more! Now, all of your IPhone propping problems can be solved with my handy portable DIY stand!

To make this essential piece of equipment you will need:

  • Thick cardboard (I used the back of an old note pad)
  • Ruler
  • Craft Knife
  • Fabric (at least 27cm by 30cm)
  • Pins
  • Large Needle/ Darning Needle and thick thread (Or wool)
  • Scissors
  • A Sewing Machine (optional)

Step 1

Using your craft knife cut 3 rectangles out of the card, as shown below (you will probably want to measure this all up properly first). Two pieces measuring 11.5cm by 6cm, one measuring 11.5cm by 5cm and one measuring 11.5cm by 9cm. The largest piece will form the base .

Step 2

Lay your piece of fabric pattern up, then lay your 4 pieces of card in a line (just touching each other) nearly at the top of the fabric, with the biggest and smallest pieces at each end and the medium pieces in the middle (Take a look after step 7 to get a better idea why we are doing this). Fold the fabric over as below, then draw around the outline of all 4 pieces of card. We are going to use this outline to make a pocket.

Step 3

Pin around the outline we have just drawn. I chose to leave the cardboard in place to give me more of a guide to follow and make sure the card will fit back in afterwards. Leave one end open so that we can turn the fabric back round the right way and insert the cardboard.

Step 4

Sew it up! Don't forget to leave one end open.

Step 5

Turn the pocket out, so that the fabric is now facing patterned side out. Now re-insert just the largest piece of cardboard so that it sits at the bottom of the pocket.

Step 6

We are going to make a hinge, so you will need to sew in backstitch (I used wool) along where the first piece of cardboard ends. You will want to keep it as close to the edge of the cardboard as possible. Once this is done, insert one of the medium sized pieces and repeat the process, do the same with the next medium sized piece, then insert the smallest piece.

Step 7

To finish off the end I still used a backstitch but made sure the ends were tucked in nice and neatly, then kept as close to the edge as I could.
Hopefully it will look a bit like the above picture when you have finished! You should be able to fold it up like this too. It flatpacks!
I hope you liked this tutorial, and that you understood it all. Please let me know if you have any questions. But if not, happy Iphone watching!

Oh, and let me know if you decide to make one, I'd love to see photo's and maybe even feature them on a post at a later date. Feel free to post the tutorial up on your site too, as long as you include a link back to this one :)

Laura xXx


  1. this is great, I was trying to think of a way to stand up my phone at my bedside! Thanks!

    1. Thanks :) I've thought of a no-sew way of making it too, so I'll probably share that soon. Let me know if you give it a go :)

  2. Brilliant and so cute! Thanks! I'll try this and let you know!

    1. Great, I'd love to see how it turns out :)

  3. cute idea! also, your sewing machine is beautiful! take care =)

    1. Thankyou! I bought it from a lovely charity shop for £30, best bargain ever!

  4. This is a fantastic idea and brilliant tutorial. Thank you for sharing. x

  5. this is a brilliant idea :) love how you've made it, it's beautiful! xx

  6. My husband gave me a Galaxy Note 10.1 I think I'll use your idea to do for me. Would it be as beautiful as yours? [I used the google translator to send this message]from Brasil

  7. Thanks for the great inspiration! I'll be using your idea as a starting point to make stands for the tablets the kids are getting for Christmas!

  8. Ohmygoodness~ I just love this! The fabric is just so cute!! (I actually have some of this in my stash, waiting for the oh so perfect project~ found it!) Thanks for sharing this. \\^___^//

  9. Your sewing mashine look so pretty ._. how old is it?


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