DIY iPhone Case with Chain Strap

DIY iPhone case with chain carrying  strap

Because I use my iPhone for a camera most of all, I ALWAYS want it handy. And I mean, like in my hand at all times. But of course, that’s impossible. Even just having to pull it in and out of a handbag or pocket is not fast enough for me sometimes to capture the moment… I must have issues. The other day I said to my husband I wish I had a camera in my eyes so I could just snap photos by blinking and download my photo memories to my computer/social media/etc… Seriously, what is wrong with me?!

There are a few different faux Chanel iPhone cases with straps floating around including one that looks like a quilted Chanel handbag & one that looks like a Chanel perfume bottle, and though they’re probably meant to feel more like you own a piece of Chanel, the idea is genius. So of course I thought, why not DIY my own little version?

I love my creation, but must admit, my chain is a bit heavy and clunky. I love the way it looks, but again, it’s too heavy for the weight of the phone, so my advice is to get the lightest weighing chain possible. I also have about ten million more ideas and am dying to DIY a few more in the coming weeks. They’re perfect for concerts, events, walking to events, anything where you want to be hands-free but want your camera/phone handy and I am super excited about them.

* Check out my older Pseudo iPHone Case DIY Tutorials

Here’s What You’ll Need…

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* iPhone case as base for whatever version phone you have
* Scrap leather
* Chain {the lighter in weight the better}
* Needle/Thread
* Scissors/Razor/Pen
* Glue/Mod Podge & applicator sponge or brush
* Pliers
* Two clasps {large or small safety pins will do if you’re in a pinch}

* Optional: Tassel {that was just for fun}

Steps…

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* Trace the top of your case onto your leather and cut out.

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* Mark the hole for your lens and cut out with a razor blade.

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* Using your pliers, separate two chains long enough to cross over the top the case with ease. The chain should meet your leather edges at the bottom and have one link a little longer at the top.

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* Using your strong needle and thread, stitch the edges of your chain down to your leather. I used medium think leather, which allows a needle through it using a thimble or the pliers as helpers to push and pull it through. You can also use a hole punch, but it’s not necessary.

* Hide all knots/thread/stitches on the under/suede side.

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* Layer up the back/outside of your phone case with glue… mod podge is probably the best unless you have some sort of industrial adhesive, then go with that.

* Now place your leather and chains onto your phone and set in place.

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* If you have large binder clips, attach them along the edges to hold your leather to your case to allow the glue to set over night. I used hair clips because that’s all I had. Anything that will clamp down on it tightly will do.

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* Decide how long you want your strap to be and use your pliers to add links. I wanted mine to be long enough so that I could wear it crossbody, so that I could pick it up and use it while still around my body, then drop it back down.

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* Using whatever clasps or closures of your choice, add them to the ends so you can snap them on and off with ease, or not.

* You can alternately choose to only attach one chain across the body of the case {avoiding the camera lens area is smart} then clasping both ends of your strap to one chain. Either way works.

 

And… Voila!

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Have Fun!

* Find all my diys here
* Check out my older Pseudo iPHone Case DIY Tutorials

 

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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, and home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life with her husband and adorable dogs, two Frenchies & an old Pug in wheels. Here you will find her talking about their journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation up to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life.

4 Comments

  • Lia ~ Smart n Snazzy

    April 14, 2014 | Reply

    Such a cute and rad idea, Maegan! I feel the same way about my phone/camera too lol. Having it out like this will definitely allow for quicker pictures, and your design is fabulous!
    xo ~ Lia

  • Fashion Musings Diary

    April 14, 2014 | Reply

    Nice DIY! I love the mix of prints too!
    http://fashionmusingsdiary.blogspot.fr

  • Amanda @ A.Co est. 1984

    April 14, 2014 | Reply

    LOVE THIS!! I’ve seen these before and have been thinking how convenient it would be to have one (would have been sooo good during my trip to Punta Cana for nights outs when pockets were absent and I didn’t feel like carrying a clutch just for my phone and room key). I’m wondering if there is a way I can do it by drilling into my phone case, perhaps, and omitting the leather part. If I DIY something I’ll be sure to show you :)

  • Francine

    April 15, 2014 | Reply

    This is a great tutorial! I want to try it!
    http://fashion-soup.com/

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