DIY: Plastic Canvas Phone Pouch

Blue, red and mustard fairisle pattern needlepoint phone pouch

Protect your phone with this cute Fair Isle Tent Stitch Pouch. It's sturdy, hard-wearing and even splash proof! There really is no greater way for a stitcher to look after their device. Stay true to the pattern and recreate the one I made or personalise it with your favourite colours.
Plastic canvas phone pouch tutorial and pattern

When I first discovered plastic canvas projects it was with a mixture of horror and delight. Horror at the
very dated projects out there and delight at the forms and shapes that can easily be created without all the faff of fabrics. It is awesome for 3D embroidery!

The other attraction is that an entire plastic canvas project can be sewn anywhere. That's really handy for someone like me who's mostly restricted to bed. Don't worry though, you don't have to make like a 50s housewife and sew in your bed too, you can make this wherever you like.

Sew it on your lunch break or on your daily commute, in front of the telly or even by the pool on your holidays, you name it, you can sew it there...maybe not in the bath...but hey, the heart wants what the heart wants and maybe you can make that work in a way that I never could.

Plastic canvas is really quick and easy to sew and you can learn the best way to tent stitch for a super neat front and back with full coverage on Bobbin and Fred's Stitch SOS post: How to Tent Stitch on Plastic Canvas

If you do it right the inside of your phone pouch will look like this one does...check out that gorgeous little sliver at the opening to see what I'm talking about.

Back of tent stitch on plastic canvas

Woah! Fred (the goat) just swooned a little. He's a sucker for a beautiful finish.

Now you know how to tent stitch, let's get down to business. I bought a new phone and wanted a durable yet stylish cover I could make myself. Me and Bobbin were eying up fair isle designs in Mary Jane Mucklestone's book 150 Scandinavian Motifs and my wool stash when inspiration struck! And this is what we came up with...

Plastic canvas phone cover and keyring

Cute, right?

Want to make your own? Brilliant! Read on...

This pattern will make a pouch that will fit a 5.11x2.59x0.46" phone. It fits my Moto G perfectly. You could easily scale it up by drawing around your phone and continuing the repeat pattern.

You Will Need:
1x 10.5x13.5" sheet of 10 Count Plastic Canvas
DK yarn (worsted if you're in the US) in 5 colours. I used Drops Karisma in Petrol (73), Dark Mustard (52) and Wine Red (48)
Anchor Tapestry Wool shades 7078 and 7538 for the center of the flowers
Craft scissors
Tapestry needle - I like size 22's best
Fabric Waterproofing Spray
The Stitch Chart:
Fair isle phone pouch cross stitch chart

1. Cut the canvas taking care to ensure all the edges are all straight and smooth. Cut corners in the diagonal taking care not to cut too close. Follow the stitch chart for the front and back of the phone pouch.

Tent stitch on plastic cnavas in fair isle design

 2. Cut a 13.5" length three stitches wide and tent stitch the entire length. This is will become the side of your pouch. You should now have a front, back and side.

Tent stitch fair isle design and balls of drops karisma wool

3. Now it's time to cover the top edges of the front and back panels and the short ends of the side strip with over cast stitch. All you do is push your needle from the back to the front through the first hole in the top row.

Overcast edges of plastic canvas

4. Push your needle through both corner holes three times and use your finger to spread the wool so it completely covers the plastic. 

Overcast stitches on a corner of plastic canvas

5. Continue stitching along the row, pushing your needle through each hole twice. Make sure your stitches encase the end of the thread so it doesn't come undone. It should look a little something like this...

Overcast Stitch on a Straight Edge of Plastic Canvas

6. After you've over cast stitched all the edges it's time to construct the pouch. It's a bit fiddly to start with but bare with me...

Anchor your thread into the backs of the stitches at the top of the side piece. Then hold the side to the edge of the front piece at a right angle. Join the two edges together by over cast stitching as you did before, this time passing through the top hole of the side and the top hole of the front.

Joining two pieces of canvas together with overcast stitch

7. Continue working your way down the side, passing your needle through each hole twice.

Joining two pieces of plastic canvas together

8. At the corners, wrap the side around and continue sewing. The right-hand side will look slightly different to the left due to the direction the tent stitch runs in. Sew through all of the holes on the front that have been sewn and all of the holes on the side, you should expect to pass your needle through some holes more than twice to work round the corner and ensure all the canvas is completely covered.

Overcast stitch to join two pieces around a corner

9. When you're done the corner should look nice and neat like this... 
Attaching a curved piece of plastic canvas to another

10. Keep sewing until you reach the top of the other side of the front. Then repeat Steps 6-10 to attach the back panel to the other side.

11. Spray your phone cover with the Fabric Waterproofing Spray as per the instructions on the can and bam! your phone pouch is complete and ready for use a.k.a show off to your mates!

Phone in a Fairisle Phone Pouch made from Wool and Plastic Canvas

I really hope you've enjoyed making this project as much as I did. Mum's got a new phone and has asked for a cover so I'm going to design another one for her. I'll be sure to share it with you all!

If the matching keyring's caught your eye, you'll be glad to know I'll be showing you how to make that soon. Follow along by email so you don't miss out.

Bobbin's Design Tip: You can make this in any colourway you fancy! If you're not colour confident try swapping the shade of primary colours (red, yellow and blue) to shades of tertiary (purple, orange and green).
Bobbin and Fred (and me) would LOVE to see your version...if you'd like to share it with us tag it with #sewbobbin on Instagram and we will share our favourites.

Happy Stitching!

Papier mache goat with speech bubble asking you to share the post on your social media


  1. This is the coolest plastic canvas project I've seen! I love Fair Isle patterns and I've never seen someone adapt one like this before. Pinning!!

    1. Thank you so much, Natasha! I'm so, so pleased you like it, your comment's made my day :) I've got more plastic canvas projects up my sleeve...I'm looking forward to sharing them with you soon. Have a lovely day xo

  2. Replies
    1. Thank you, Texas Stitcher, really pleased you like it :-D

  3. Me ha encantado! Muchas gracias por explicarlo paso a paso.....Ya quiero hacerlo, me parece que hasta un bolso quedaría muy lindo ...Un abrazo

    1. ¡Muchas gracias, María. Estoy tan contento de que te guste. Grandes mentes piensan igual, tengo un tutorial de bolsa pronto!

  4. Found you through Nuts About Needlepoint. I love this and can't wait to see more about plastic canvas.

    1. Awesome! I enjoy Nuts About Needlepoint too. Thank you, I'm really pleased you like it. I think plastic canvas has so much potential so I'm excited about exploring it and sharing the results with you :)


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