Gifty Galore – Project 2

Wahoo! It’s Gifty Galore time. I’m super excited about the projects this year, so excited in fact that I somehow ended up signing up for 4 of them! You will see me a lot!  My first project is from FairyFace Designs Blog and it’s a quick & easy, FREE Phone Cozy Tutorial. It was actually a lot of fun to put together and would be very easy to size up or down for different size phones, camera’s, etc. It would in fact make an excellent gift for tweens who are often times difficult to buy for. Below I will be showing my journey through the tutorial but please don’t just follow me blindly; I don’t always know where I am going!!

Here’s a picture of my finished phone cozy and below is how I got there; well, at least the parts where I remembered to take photos 🙂

33-finished Front

I had a ton of fun picking out my fabrics for this project. The solid was easy since I had just bought some Quilter’s Candy Solid in Charcoal. This just took a small amount. Next I pulled out my leftover scraps from an earlier project that used the Nana’s Pantry collection. I auditioned them all, trying different color combinations and patterns until I was thoroughly confused and ended up just picking whatever was closest since I couldn’t remember the other combinations I had already tried. Hey, it’s scrappy! I’ve learned to stop being so rigid and try to go with the flow in these situations.

1-Pick your scraps

I won’t bore you with a million pictures of my piecing; the instructions cover this portion pretty well. I should caution you that you should read the directions when you are piecing. I didn’t pay attention to that on the front. The top and bottom pieces are different sizes and on the back, the bottom solid piece is larger than the other two. Of course, I noticed it after I was done quilting it, so I had to add a bit to the bottom of my back. Makes it more custom right?

You can see where I added the fabric when you look closely from this angle.


But from this angle you can barely see it! It’s all how you angle the camera!

no oops

I had the most fun quilting this. It’s nice to get more practice straight line quilting. It’s a quick and easy project so there is no pressure. It’s just a fun way to practice different ways to start and stop and width variations.

17  14-quilt  15

Another tricky part is making sure that the loop gets pinned properly and sewn in place.

22-adding lining  23-closure loop  24-pinned with closure loop in the middle

Then she has you trim any excess batting & fabric so that it isn’t bulky at the top.

25-trim sewn top  25.5-with attached lining showing  26.5-flipped over

Once you’ve gotten the lining attached to both pieces, it’s time to join it all together. Once I pinned the raw edge of the handle in place I tucked the other end of my handle into my button loop to make sure I didn’t sew that part into the seam as well.

27-attached handle  28-pin sides together

I left a good amount of space unsewn for turning. I knew I was going to use my machine to sew the lining closed so it made sense to leave a generous opening rather than fighting with it to get it turned right side out.

29-leave opening to turn  30-turn  31-turnned

32-sewn lining closed

And just like that, I was a covered button away from being finished. I decided to use a covered button but using funky and unique buttons would really be another way to jazz up your cozy. This really was a fast, fun, and easy project and a great way to use up scraps. I will definitely be making more of these as gifts (as well as for myself so I can have one to coordinate with different outfits!) I have an IPhone 5 and it fits into this phone cozy perfectly, still leaving enough room to put my Starbucks card, debit card, and cash for a quick coffee run in the morning.

frontside finished  backside finished

A new Gifty Galore project will be posted each Monday through December 8th. To keep track of all of this year’s Gifty Galore projects, click here. We would LOVE to see how your projects turn out. Join the Gifty Galore group on Quilt With Us (QWU) and post your pictures there for everyone to enjoy. If you’re on Pinterest, upload your picture and tag it with #GG14. Of course, we would also love to see your pictures on our Facebook wall!

Please post any questions about this project below in comments and we will respond.


  1. Stephanie Dunphy - July 14, 2014

    Awesome! A terrific use of scraps. My bin overfloweth.

    • Teri - July 15, 2014

      It’s GREAT for scraps! I did one like the instructions said now I’m ready to try it with a little modification I think. Maybe a flap that closes…

  2. Linda Froggie - July 14, 2014

    You crack me up, Teri! We love seeing a lot of you! And I love that you admitted in writing that you thoroughly confuse yourself. I do that too. Thanks for such a cute project! I am off to find some fabric, first I have to decide who it’s for, that will determine the fabric.
    ~Hopppy Quilting~

    • Teri - July 15, 2014

      I use mine all the time, we make coffee runs at work and it’s great to hold my phone, coffee card, and a little cash. I’m sure who ever you give it to will love it. Will you embroider their name on it with your fancy machine?

  3. Anita McIntire - July 14, 2014

    Fun little project. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Ann - July 14, 2014

    What a cute, quick project – and handy too! Thanks for sharing your process and helpful photos.

  5. Sheila Craft - July 14, 2014

    Okay, this one will probably have several renditions of it. I’ve got several that might be in need of this little cutie!

    • Teri - July 15, 2014

      Luckily it’s fast and it really is fun!

  6. Karrie Winters - July 14, 2014

    Cute Cute Cute!!!

  7. Kathy Biggs - July 14, 2014

    Thanks Teri! That is something that I might actually use for myself…forget the gift giving this time. LOL Off to look for fabric. 🙂

    • Teri - July 15, 2014

      Mwa-ha-ha, I was going to give mine as a gift but I decided to “try it out” to make sure it would work well and now I don’t want to give it up. I’ll make another one for my friend… or maybe another for me!

  8. Alisha - July 14, 2014

    Super cute, Teri! I love it! (hint, hint!)

  9. Jenni - July 14, 2014

    This is really cute! I like your fabric choices!

  10. Jenna - July 15, 2014

    love this!

  11. BAJORDAN - August 11, 2014