DIY Ankara Phone Case

Hey Lovelies,

I got a new phone! The Iphone 5 is still pretty new here so I couldn't find a case for it anywhere. So with the long weekend and all the extra time on my hands I decided I'd try to make one. I'd love to be able to tell you that I knew exactly what I was doing when I started but truthfully the inspiration for this was quite random. I brought out some ankara (printed African fabric) that I wanted to use for the case but after wrapping it around my phone I knew it was way too thin to offer any real protection. So at that point I gave up and decided to go paint my nails and as soon as I brought out my cotton wool it came to me!

Here's what I used:

Cotton wool pleats
Hot Glue Gun
Ankara or any scrap fabric
Accessories e.g. bows, ribbons, buttons, studs (Optional)

The first step is to cut out 2 identical squares in your fabric - You want to have a square that's slightly over 2 times the width of your phone and about an inch taller so that when you fold the material in half, your phone's covered -  The square I cut out was about 5x5 inches because I left a lot of excess out around the sides - Once you're happy with your first square cut out another one using the exact same dimensions

Lay the cotton wool pleats over the square

Using your hot glue gun carefully glue the cotton wool pleats to your fabric

 Glue the second fabric square on top of the cotton pleats 

Fold the fabric over and glue the edges together

 This is how it'll look at the top:

We don't need all this cotton wool on display so just pull it out until you get to the height you want

Once you're done it should look like this - Cut any excess fabric off and glue the edges together to cover the cotton wool


For the bottom just cut any excess fabric off, fold it over and glue it in place

Here's what it should look like

At this stage you can use it like this or accessorize it with whatever you like - I chose a black bow that I kept off an old slipper (hoarder anyone? lol) 

Here's the finished case:  

How cute is that though? I love DIY projects and this little case was so fun to make and only took about 15 minutes. It's not perfect but it'll do the job until I can get my hands on the hot pink Rabbit case I really want *drools*. In case you're wondering where to find a hot glue gun in Lagos I got mine from Game at the Palms, Lekki for about N6000 a few months ago. Let me know if you try it!



  1. This is so cool! I wanna visit Nigeria some time, please be my friend and when you come to SA or I come that side we can sight see together? Leave me your email adress xoxo

    1. Aww shucks! I'm always looking for people to hang out with in SA so next time I'm in town I'll definitely hit you up. You actually drew my attention to the fact that I don't have an email address for my blog lol. I'm working on that, but follow me on twitter/fb till then @LoveIfeyinwa x

    2. Just did, got you on Instagram too! xoxo

  2. such a cute case and i love dyes *_* great work sweetie! your blog is very good and interesting. maybe follow? im glad if you visit my blog, too <3 keep in touch!


    1. Awww thank you Thi Lan!! I checked out your blog it's so cool! Will definitely keep up with it x

  3. You did an awesome job creating the phone case!! <3


  4. Cool and beautiful, m so trying it. 6k for glue gum is too much oh, u can get it for 2k5 or even less depending on d size at balogun mkt

  5. Looks very good, but should have cut a space for your camera.
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