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I like it rugged!

Gone are the days when dirty Adidas Superstar, Vans and Chucks rule my wardrobe. Back in college, my idea of humiliating is being caught with a brand new pair of rubber shoes, soles gleaming white without a hint of mud. I was never really that kind of girl who is comfortable with being “polished.” One reason is that I could never, ever maintain a white item clean. Make me wear a white shirt for a day and there would some sort of stain even before lunch comes. So, I always say to myself, I like it ruggedly beautiful.

And since, I need a new cellphone case (my old one is super dirty, I can’t let strangers see it) and I have a few scrap fabric lying around, I decided to make one “ruggedly beautiful” cellphone case. I swear this is so simple you can do this without a sewing machine.

Read on for tutorial…

What you need

  • Canvas (I have a lot of left over from the painting I did last month)
  • Needle and Thread
  • Sharpie


Cut your fabric according to your phone’s size and sew the edges. I don’t have a sewing machine so I did one of the stitches I learned way back in primary school, back stitch! I used black thread for contrast, but you can always use whatever color you like.

Next, turn the fabric inside out and make a tiny fold on the seam.

Make another larger fold. Make sure there’s enough fabric left to keep your phone from peaking.

Here’s where your elementary stitching knowledge comes in use again. Start doing small diagonal stitches to secure the fold onto the canvas.

Once you have finished, start again on the opposite side to create small crosses. Don’t worry about making it too perfect. We’re doing ruggedly beautiful, remember?

And now for the fun part, take out your Sharpie and start doodling to your heart’s content!

When this gets dirty, this can easily be tossed in the washer along with the other laundry. Simple and easy, right?

PS. If you have zero knowledge on basic stitchings, this site would be a great help.

10 Comments on I like it rugged!

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    August 6, 2012 at 2:46 pm (6 years ago)

    Very cute 🙂 Perfect for people with phones that cases aren’t made for. Thanks for the tutorial!

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    August 9, 2012 at 9:56 am (6 years ago)

    That’s just Sharpie?? I can’t tell. By the way, I love your blog.

  3. avatar
    August 9, 2012 at 10:03 am (6 years ago)

    Thanks, Natalie and Mommy G. 🙂

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    September 14, 2012 at 12:31 am (5 years ago)

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    September 25, 2012 at 11:55 pm (5 years ago)

    Cute Idea!

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    Renee Von Tobel
    January 20, 2013 at 6:46 am (5 years ago)

    I found an old canvas U.S. Mint dime bag while cleaning out my late father-in-law’s house. It has been sitting in my sewing machine drawer awaiting repurpose. I am SO about to convert it! Thanks for the inspiration!

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      January 21, 2013 at 5:11 pm (5 years ago)

      Oh, wow, vintage canvas! That would look so cool! 🙂

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    June 13, 2014 at 1:23 pm (4 years ago)

    this is really great! 😀


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