Are you tired of holding your phone when watching tv? Try making a phone pillow holder with this tutorial and free sewing pattern.
Hey y’all, today I’m sharing how to make a phone pillow holder. This is a great gift to sew for teen like mine, who seem to each have and iPhone surgically attached to them. These feel like bean bags and have a similar weight. So they’ll hold a phone up without getting knocked over, but are soft enough that they won’t be uncomfortable if someone falls asleep with one. Not that I’m advocating phones in bed, just that I have teen kids and I’m a realist.
This also makes a handy gift for adults – I use mine to hold up my cell phone in the kitchen if I’m cooking a recipe I’m looking at online. Plus, I’m sharing a free pattern to make this DIY phone pillow stand. It’s an easy sew you can finish quickly. It also uses just a small amount of fabric, so if you’re strapped for time it’s a perfect thing to make at the last minute.
This diy phone stand is a perfect gift for anyone who might use their phone for binge-watching. It’s comfortable to hold on your stomach if you’re lying down while you catch the newest popular series.
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To make your own mobile phone pillow, you’ll need:
- Plastic pellets (affiliate link) I ultimately chose to use these instead of dried rice or beans as my stuffing because I didn’t want to risk a kid spilling something on theirs. Moldy rice or bean stuffing = yuck and the likelihood of one of these taking a spill is high. This way it’s a washable bean bag type pillow.
- Fabric – I used quilting cotton, but you can also use canvas, or other mid weight woven fabric.
- A handful of polyester fill or cotton fiber stuffing.
- Sewing machine and the usual supplies: needles, threads, scissors, etc.
- The pattern, see below for how to get it
Lazy Pillow Stand Sizing
The phone displayed in this post is a 6 inch cell phone, but I think this pillow could comfortably hold smartphones up to 8 inches tall. This is not quite big enough to hold larger tablets. However, it does hold smaller e-readers and devices similar to my Kindle Paperwhite.
You could experiment with different sizes by printing the pattern at a larger percentage than 100, I would just recommend that you fold and tape the pyramid together in paper form before sewing it up to check your dimensions. That way you’ll know if your iPad will fit before you cut the fabric.
You can also use this diy cell phone stand as a diy tripod if you smush the pellets around to hold your phone in a more upright position. Otherwise, it’s not the best angle for a tripod.
How to Get the Pattern
To get this pattern, you must either be a free newsletter subscriber or have purchased a gallery access pass. Then click your preferred option from the buttons below. Existing newsletter subscribers should look at the bottom of the most recent Friday newsletter for the current free pattern gallery password. If you purchased the all access pass you’ll log in to your shop account to download the pattern. Note that the free version of the pattern does not have printable instructions so you’ll need to refer to this post for instructions.
Note that the pattern has a 1/2 inch seam allowance included.
Tutorial to Sew a Phone Pillow
To sew up your own phone pillow, watch the video tutorial below or on YouTube here.
Step by Step Instructions for a Cell Phone Pillow Holder
Time needed: 30 minutes.
How to Sew a DIY iPhone Pillow Holder
- Cut out your pattern
Cut your pattern template and fabric and transfer the markings using a fabric pen or washable marker. Use the sharp tips of your scissors to cut each notch on the pattern precisely. If you don’t want to print the rectangle piece, it is 4 inches by 7 inches and you can cut with a ruler and rotary cutter.
- Sew the ledge piece
Fold the ledge strip piece in half, right sides together, matching long edges. Stitch across each short end. Turn the piece right side out and then, using a ruler, draw a line one inch from the folded long edge. Next, topstitch along this line, leaving a 1 inch gap in the middle of the line. Stuff the poly fill fiber into the space between the fold and the stitched line, then stitch the gap closed.
- Sew the first side of the pillow
Fold the fabric so you can match the two edges of the pattern that have the double line markings on them. Sandwich the ledge piece between them, aligning the raw edges. Pin in place, then stitch this edge.
- Sew the second side of the pillow
Match the edges of the fabric that have the dots and sew this seam, making sure not to catch the ledge piece in your stitching.
- Sew the last side of the pillow
Match the edges that have the star markings and stitch this seam, leaving a gap to turn the pillow right side out.
- Fill the pillow
Next, turn the pillow right side out and using a funnel or a rolled up piece of paper, pour pellets into the pillow to stuff it. Finally, use a ladder or slip stitch to sew up the gap and complete the pillow.
Now you or your gift recipient can enjoy their favorite show on Netflix. Their new phone holder will keep the screen at a comfortable viewing angle for them.
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