ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

DIY Laced Up Ribbon Cell Phone Case

Updated on July 30, 2014

Sewing Ribbon on a Silicone Cell Phone Case

Silicone cell phone cases are a good choice for protecting a cell phone. But they are usually pretty boring in that they are just a simple, solid color. And you can't do much to customize them either...you can't glue rhinestones and such on them (except maybe with special glue made silicone...I haven't tried that yet). But it occurred to me recently that a simple way of customizing my cell phone case was within my means. I was willing to sacrifice my current case for the experiment and it was a success.

I was discussing buying a new cell phone case with a friend and I mentioned to him various ideas I had of customizing cell phone cases. I mentioned that I thought if I sewed through a cell phone case I thought it could cause a tear where the hole was poked through, but my friend though this was not likely. So encouraged by that I poked a needle and some embroidery thread through and then tried my hardest to tear that hole bigger...it was so hard to do that I didn't tear the hole bigger (but I think it could happen). Suddenly all sorts of customization possibilities opened up to me.

I thought the easiest one to try first was this simple laced up, corset style pattern, using ribbon.

DIY Supplies

These are the supplies you will need for your DIY Cell Phone Case:

Silicone Cell Phone Case for your phone

Ribbon

Needle (with eye hole big enough to thread the ribbon through)

Thimble (it is hard to push and pull the needle through the silicone...a thimble makes it easier)

Scissors

Optional:

Ruler

Permanent Marker (in my experience permanent marker when used on silicone is not permanent...for me it has wiped right off with my finger)

...or...

Ruler

Paper

Pen/Pencil

Tape (tape does not stick well to silicone, so you may need to experiment with what you like best...I think duct tape and packing tape sticks slightly better)


Draw Dots Where You Want to Sew the Ribbon Through
Draw Dots Where You Want to Sew the Ribbon Through

Sewing the Ribbon On

Sewing the ribbon on to look like a laced up "corset" is a simple matter of sewing the ribbon on in a crisscross pattern. You could just "eyeball it" and start sewing where you think you want the ribbon to go through, but for something more accurate you may want to draw a "pattern" by placing dots indicating the exact spots where you want to sew the ribbon through. It might look something like the example here. You can do that with either of these methods.

Draw Pattern Directly on the Case Method

With this method you draw your pattern of dots right on the cell phone case. As I've mentioned, in my experience, permanent marker comes off silicone fairly easily. But it didn't come of quite as easily at the other markers I tried, so it helped me put my pattern on long enough to help me figure out where to sew. To be on the safe side, I'd mark where I want to sew on the back (inside) of the case. One drawback to this method is the marker might rub off onto the ribbon as you are sewing it through. You could just poke holes through the dots with your needle, rub the marker off, and then sew the ribbon through, but the holes can be quite hard to see.

You also might be able to use a pencil or something else to mark with, instead of a permanent marker, if you are willing to experiment.

Paper Pattern Method

For this method draw your pattern onto paper. Tape it onto the phone (tape does not stick well to silicone, but it may hold it in place just long enough for you to get the stitches through if you are careful). Sew through the dots you made. When you are done, tear the paper off.

Tip: Lace up your ribbon so you can tie the bow at the bottom of the case...otherwise it might get in the way when you are taking pictures with your cell phone.

Silicone Cell Phone Cases

For this diy, craft project you will need a soft silicone cell phone case (not a hard case) for the particular phone model you are making it for. These can often be found on Amazon for around $5-$10, including shipping.

It is important when buying a cell phone case that you buy one not only for the type of phone you are getting, but for the same phone carrier. Some models of phones are different from one carrier to another. For example, the seemingly same phone for T-Mobile may have slight variations than the Virgin Mobile version. Do your research so you know you are getting the right case for your phone (some sellers will say that all cases are the same, but that isn't always so).

You can use the search area below to find a case for your particular phone.

Silicone Phone Cases on eBay

The popular auction site, eBay, can be another great place to find silicone phone cases at great prices for your particular phone model.

Shrink Your Silicone Cell Phone Case

Here is a handy trick that I just learned about for if your silicone cell phone case is a little loose (either because it was like that when you bought it or it stretched out over time).

Note: Do this before you customize your cell phone case or remove all customizations before doing this.

Warning: I am not responsible for if this ruins your cell phone case.

Do you think you would try this ribbon cell phone case idea or a variation of it?

What crafty, DIY ideas have you come up with for cell phone cases?

Guestbook Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Gigglish profile imageAUTHOR

      Gigglish 

      4 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Thank you, Susan!

    • SusanDeppner profile image

      Susan Deppner 

      4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Very pretty idea! I love the pink.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)