My cell phone is forever getting lost at the bottom of my purse. I wanted to make a pretty cell phone case that would make it easier to keep track of.
First I knit a rectangle with easily felt-able wool yarn. Knit it larger than you need because it will shrink when felted. I simply guess-estimated making it about twice the size as I needed on size 8 needles. I knit 30 stitches across which ended up being too wide. Make sure it’s a wool yarn that can be felted. Stay away from yarn that says “machine washable” or “superwash” as it will not felt. You can knit it or you can upcycle an old wool sweater by felting it in a hot wash cycle.
HOW TO FELT OR UPCYCLE WOOL:
To do this, take your knitted wool rectangle or wool sweater and add it to the washer tied in a pillow case. (this is to save your washer from wool fuzz.) Wash on hot with other sweaters or a few thick towels or pairs of jeans. These will help agitate the wool. Add a small amount of detergent. Wash once or twice in hot water. Check your sweater or knit piece to see if it’s tightly felted. If it it’s felted well then dry it on high. Check often to make sure it doesn’t wrinkle while drying. Once it wrinkles it’s wrinkled for good. Now, when you cut your wool the stitches won’t pull apart or fray. If it does fray then repeat the felting process.
My felted rectangle ended up a little large so I cut it to size. Use one long rectangular piece. The bottom of the case will be the folded edge.
Now the decorating begins. I used some scraps of wool yarn I had on hand. I needle felted a single strand of green wool to make a leaf design.
Needle felt it well so that it does not pull off when rubbing against things in your purse.
Next I chose a brighter peach/pink wool for my flower. I simply started in the center and wrapped it around and around to make a spiral or circle.
Then I needle felted the stem.
Blanket stitch the sides together. Begin by hiding the knot inside at the bottom of the case.
Blanket stitch all the way up on both sides. You can add a string so you can wear it by finger knitting the string and sewing it on. Or you can finger knit a latch and button. Mine works well without a button and surprisingly doesn’t slip out in my purse. I wanted to be able to easily pull it out in a hurry with out having to fumble with a button. Though if you want to add a strap to wear it a button might be wise.
I think I’m going to have to make another with a strap for when we go on our walks. How decadent of me! Enjoy your lovely, new cell phone case! And if you make this please link back to us here at Natural Kids so we can see.