Where do you put your phone when it needs charging? I have to admit that my previous phone spent most of it’s charging time on the floor. In my new apartment, there is power-bar within a few feet of my desk so I can charge my new smartphone in the living room. Unfortunately, there isn’t any hard furniture within reach of any of the electrical outlets in my bedroom. If you read or heard about this viral Facebook post [bed/pillow will catch fire] you would know why I don’t want to charge my phone when it’s on my bed. A phone charger holder is an option for those who don’t have hard furniture within easy reach of their electrical outlets. It also keeps those pesky cords contained. In this post I’m reviewing the easy Phone Charger Holder project by So-Sew-Easy.
The online tutorial and downloadable pattern PDF for this project are available here:
Note this pattern is for personal use only.
Here are my thoughts on this project.
The tutorial begins with photos and a description of the the project. Required sewing materials and tools are covered next. Both fusible interfacing and sew-in interfacing are recommended. Links to the author’s recommended products are provided. I have a few different types of interfacing in my sewing room so I did follow the links. The fusible fleece I have is more similar to the recommended sew-in interfacing than any of the other interfacing products I have on hand. I chose to use it rather than buy more interfacing.
This pattern only has one pattern piece, so resizing the charger holder to fit your device shouldn’t be difficult. I made mine according to the pattern as the hole is large enough to fit over my doorknob and bed-knobs. In order to save paper, I choose to only print 1 page of the pattern: the page that shows how far the circle should be from the top edge and side.
Step 1 is cutting your fabric and applying fusible interfacing.
Step 2 is cutting and trimming your sew-in interfacing. As I mentioned, I am using fusible fleece instead of sew-in interfacing. I choose not to fuse it at during this step.
Step 3 is aligning the interfacing. One of the fabrics in the photographs looks similar to the sew-in interfacing. I had to re-read the instructions to ensure that I layered my materials in the correct order. I took my own photos of the fabric “sandwhich” for future reference.
Step 4 is making the hole. Since I didn’t print out the entire pattern, I drew some guidelines on the back of the back panel. I noticed that my circle wasn’t centered left to right and had to re-draw it.
The tutorial stresses that you need to sew around the circle accurately in order to have a good result. Do sew as slowly as you need.
Step 5 is turning the fabric. Step 6 is trimming the interfacing and adding bias tape to the top and bottom edges. The first part of step 6 is to zigzag along the perimeter of the panel. I sewed it with the floral fabric facing up. Despite my liberal use of pins, there was a significant wrinkle in the solid fabric. Ergonomic seam ripper to the rescue. I do recommend that you check both sides of the panel carefully before you zigzag.
Next I ironed my panel to fuse the fusible interfacing.
While 1/2” wide bias tape is recommend, I used 1/4” double-fold bias tape. That’s the width of the white bias tape I had and I didn’t have any white fabric to make my own bias tape (more on bias tape in the next post). I was able to use my binding foot to sew on the bias tape (more on binding feet coming soon)
Step 7 is folding the holder and adding bias tape to the sides. The author’s mentioned that their binding foot wasn’t able to handle the thickness of the project at this step. Fortunately my binding foot was up to the task.
Here are some photos of my finished Phone Charger Holder. It easily fits over my doorknob (no electrical outlet nearby) and my bed knobs (one electrical outlet nearby). It tends to gape open when my smartphone is inside, so I’m not concerned about the fabric trapping enough heat to cause a fire. As an added precaution, I will not hang my Phone Charger Holder over my phone’s plugged-in charger.
I really like how it turned out and would make this project again. Given how many people one smartphones, it would make a good gift. It may also make a good travel accessory.
Where do you charge your phone? Would you use a phone charger holder? Comment below and Pin me for later!