From Jeans to an iPhone: A Iron-on Patch DIY Case
If there were a recovery group for people who have an addiction to iPhone cases, I'd be in it. I'm always looking for a nice case to either go with my mood or just something aesthetically pleasing to look at, especially since my phone is the one accessory I am never without. Ya know!?
Here is the thing though, sometimes finding an iPhone case that you like can be kind of hard. Sometimes they all begin to look the same, only serve a functional purpose to protect your phone, or have become so popular that you're tired of seeing it and you have to be all extra with your own unique case that no one else has (guilty).
I've been wanting an iPhone wallet and had been seeing iron-on patches quite often, so I felt like the two could be joined together. I was worried about finding iron-on patches that would fit, and surprisingly it wasn't that hard.
If you have a Pinterest account, then that is a good start when it comes to finding iron-on patches to purchase. Most of the time, the image links to the actual shop page of the patch. Or you can do it the old fashioned way and drive to the store. It just gets real when you don't know what patches to pick and theres SO MANY to choose from...the cost adds up quickly.
As far as selecting the color for the case, I went with two patterns that are oddly "neutral". A Striped iPhone 6 Plus Wallet and a Camo Print iPhone 6 Wallet Case, for some reason patches always look good on camouflage. The striped one was more of a hunch, although I will say is the striped one seems a bit sensitive to wear and tear. So the more you invest in a solid case, the longer it will last you. That is one of my rules when it comes to DIY, be mindful of your base item that you will be building on because in the long run will determine if your piece will fall into the "cheap" or "investment item" category when it comes to things purchased.
With that in mind, lets patch things up. ;]
- Iron-On Patches: I have a Pinterest board filled with over 150 patches to choose from that I personally liked, you can also feel free to browse my master list of supplies (LINK) for where I purchased the ones I used. You can use any patch you'd like, but just be mindful of the size!
- E6000 Glue (Clear): This glue can have a loud smell similar to nail polish. Use a bandana or scarf as a nose mask, turn on a fan, or just do it in a well ventilated area (like outside).
- iPhone Case: I used the Striped iPhone 6 Plus Wallet and a Camo Print iPhone 6 Wallet Case, but feel free to use a case of your preference.
- Toothpick, Bobby Pin, etc.: Something with a fine tip to remove any excess glue.
Step 1: Pick out any iron-on patches that you'd like to go on your case.
Step 2: Before glueing, play around with different placements and layouts for the patches. If you have a foldable case like the one I used, ensure that the patches aren't on any indention or area that will affect the functionality of the case. Unless you're going for just straight up fashionable expression, then move on to step 4 and glue without any inhibitions.
Step 3: Once you have a placement, check any patches that have a thin shiny layer of adhesive. Sometimes these will already be coming off of the patch.
If you can get it off without any effort, remove it. But if it is securely on the patch like white on rice, leave it on. This is so you can increase the longevity of your new iPhone case and not shame yourself when a patch falls off into your new eyeshadow pot.
Step 4: Break out the glue! Cover the back of the whole patch with a layer of glue that is enough to secure the patch but not enough to spill out when you're pressing the patch on (imperative for the next step).
Step 5: Place the patch where desired, then press and hold it onto the case for about 5 to 10 seconds to seal the deal. If you have glue spilling over from the edges, just allow the glue (if you're using E6000) to get a little tacky and use a toothpick (or something similar) to remove the excess glue.
Step 6: Repeat steps 5 and 6 until you are finished.
Step 7: Allow the case to dry for 24 - 48 hours before using. E6000 is serious business, so you want to give it time to let it set and do it it's thing.
Step 8: Admire your handy work and tag me on Instagram to share what #BenitaTaughtU. I'd love to see how yours turned out!