I always listen to my iphone/ipod when I go to the gym and normally it’s not an issue because I can sit in the drink holder on the treadmill. My new exercise regimen requires cross training two days out of the week so I’ve decided to use the rowing machine. May as well get some work on those shoulders too! Unfortunately, there is no where to put my phone when rowing! Since you’re body is constantly moving back and forth you can’t sit the phone on the floor without getting tangled up in the ear phones. I thought about putting it in the top of my sports bra, or foxy pocket as my husband calls it, but it was getting quite nasty there.
Obviously something had to be done. I have to listen to my audiobooks while exercising or I start focusing on the time too much. Dun dun dadun!!! SuperIphone/Ipod holder to the rescue!
I made this without a pattern as I didn’t think it would be too difficult. First thing’s first…gotta cut the fabric:
Two 4″ x 12.5″ pieces (lining and outer fabric)
One 4″ x 12.5″ piece of batting to protect the phone against sweat (sorry…)
One 2″ x 37″ piece for the strap (I cut 2 pieces to make that length)
One 2″ x 37″ piece of fusible fleece to give the strap some strength
I started by sewing the length of the strap right sides together. After sewing, I measured the actual length I felt would be comfortable for me. Then I cut the strap down. No sense in having to turn more fabric than necessary!
I turned the strap right side out and pressed the seam to the middle of one side. So when you sew it all together the seam is hidden on the inside next to your neck.
Then I cut the lining fabric in 1/2 so I had two pieces that were 4″ x 6.25″. This will make it easier to sew the liner in and turn it right side out when done.
Sew the sides of the liner (leave the top and bottom open) and the sides of the outer fabric with batting. Make sure the right sides of both fabrics are together. For the outer fabric the batting will be facing you.
Turn the outer fabric right side out but leave the liner wrong side out.
Now, stuff the outer fabric into the lining sleeve like putting a sock on. Line up the top of the fabrics together.
This is where you’re going to snake the strap up between the lining and outer fabric. Make sure you have the seam facing the outer seam. This will insure when you turn it right side out the strap seam will be against your neck and hidden. Make sure you use lots o’ pins as there are lots of layers and not a lot of room to work with.
The tough part is shoving this whole thing under the sewing machine foot! The walking foot is important if you’re going to have all of the layers that I did. I made sure to back stitch at the beginning, over the straps, and at the end.
When you’re done sewing the top together, it looks something like this!
Flip the lining up and over so it looks like this:
Stitch together to opening at the bottom of the lining, however you prefer. I machine stitched it closed and pressed the whole thing. Once that’s done, shove the lining down into the outer fabric and you’re done!
My iphone fit perfectly without a fear of it falling out.
Excuse the extra threads! I think the strap may have been better if it was cut 2.5″ instead of 2″. However, I’m pleased with how it turned out! Tomorrow will be my first day to put it to work!