diy {custom fabric iPhone case}

Last year I made a phone case with Uncommon. It had held up good, but with heavy wear and tear, some of the image started rubbing off of it. I was also just ready for something new.  Here is how I made my case, maybe it will spark some ideas for how you can make your own.

Step 1: Pull out stuff you like. I had a quilted pillow top I found from a local flea market that I just love the colors and patterns. I knew that is what I wanted my base to be, the rest is just supplies for adding layers.

Step 2: Layer the items (or not). I made lots of different ‘designs’ and used my dslr to photograph each one. When you photograph the design, make sure you leave lots of room for cropping and wrapping around the sides of the case. Here are two of my final photos I used:

Step 3: Upload your designs to getuncommon.com and follow the instructions. Once uploaded you will see how the design fits on the case. You may want to re-shoot the photo if it doesn’t fit quite right. Then finalize and place your order.

Just a little heads up – I’ve made a few cases now (some for me and some for others), I do think the reds tend to come out over-saturated. So, just be aware of that if you have red in your design. Also the clarity is not as good as the original photo, so if you are looking for an exact copy of your photo you might be surprised to see some detail lost. I’ve always been happy with my cases, but I wanted to point that out so no one was surprised. In the shot below, I think you can see the brightness of the reds and the lost detail on the pom poms.

My oldest daughter tells me each day, “Mommy, I love your new case. It’s so beautiful.” – makes me smile each time.

While I was planning on working on a new case to replace my old, I got an email from Uncommon about submitting a few designs and joining their affiliate program. All that means is if you want to buy one of the cases I designed, you can and I would get an affiliate commission. Or you can design your own! Here is the Uncommon widget that links to my other designs (the one that looks different is my case from last year).


So that is fun and funny to me…I have iPhone cases. I designed them for me, but maybe there is another person in the world that like vintage fabric and pom poms for their phone case!

Uncommon sent me two sample cases and I only need one for my phone, so I have one of the Dottie designs for an iPhone 4s to give away.

Here are the giveaway details:

1 iPhone 4s case (Dottie design)

The giveaway is now closed.

The winner was Jenni (jenni@ama…)! Jenni, look for an email from me!

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  • Jenna - This is me, entering! What a cool idea!

  • Heather - When you made your first iphone cover, I thought it was the most genious idea ever! So personalized. But I gotta say I love the Mabel one even more! Please enter me for the giveaway.

  • Ahsamon - LOVE your designs! Thanks for offering a giveaway! :)

  • Danielle - You are so talented and creative! I definitely want to enter this giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity! :)

  • Lexi - would love a chance to win this for my iPhone! my cheetah case needs to take a break and something more summery needs to go on; ;)

  • Erika - I would LOVE to get one of your cases!

  • Becky - I’m entering the contest! Thanks!!

  • Loan - So Cute!! Hope I win!

  • Loan - Please considered me entered! Thanks!

  • Sarah Stroll - Oh I love that case!!

  • Alex - I am entering the phone case contest.

  • Cristin L - Super cute! Entering!

  • Ellie - Cute!

  • Jenny - always LOVE your style…so naturally I love these cases!
    would love to win this! :)

  • Paige Rodriguez - Would love it! You did a great job with the designs!

  • Priscilla - Please add me to the drawing… my phone needs some TLC!

  • Abby - So cute! Thanks for the chance!

  • Jennifer T - I’m entering the giveaway!

  • Cindi - Entering!!! Love all the cases.

  • Elaine - Sitting in the recovery room waiting for my daughter to wake up from a successful heart procedure. Would love to win the iPhone case. Sending prayers your way for your daughters upcoming surgery.

  • Shannon Ng - Such fun cases! I would love an update.

  • Channing Howard - I am entering to WIN!!!!

  • Erin C. - Love these! I never knew you could do this!

  • Sarah Allison - I’d love to win this!! :)

  • Meg - You are so talented, of course people want your iPhone cover!

  • Kiley - I’ve never seen a prettier case… :) thank you!

  • Pam - I am entering the giveaway! I love these!

  • Leah Ann Clark - Love your cases! I would love to put one on my iPhone! So summery and dreamy!!!

  • Kimberly Dial - Wow! How awesome is that? Pretty awesome! Photographer, designer … what else is in store for you Ashley? I’d say “Lots!” :)

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  • Erin - Thank you for continuing to share your world with us! And thank you for the beautiful case designs – LOVE! Happy 4th!

  • Christine - So sweat :-)

  • elizabeth H - i LOVE your case!! vintage fabric, doilies & pom poms are “a few of my favorite things”! i’m definitely getting one of yours!

  • tracy a - I’ve been away for a while…watching little one’s progress from instagram because that is easier. I am so glad to have come back to this post…I just love that you have iphone cases named after little old ladies. makes my heart smile. one day, when I have an iphone (don’t even have a cell phone at all now), i’ll be glad to sport one of these! tomorrow our homestudy is finalized. can’t believe that phase one is over…moving into a waiting period now and would love to chat some about making decisions during this process. let me know what would work for you (like your life isn’t crazy enough to have me asking for air time!). say hi to chris for me!!

  • brooke - Hey friend! I have been absent from blogs and life for a while :) Just curious: does this case hold up to a old of dropping? :) I get concerned about that…because my current one is awesome. I drop it (or my two sons drop it) all the time and it is fine. Just wanted to check. Thanks!!

  • Stacy - Love the Eloise case! Thanks for sharing.

  • AshleyAnn - Brooke – I drop mine a lot and it hasn’t broken. However, they aren’t nearly as drop proof as LifeProof cases or Otter boxes. So it you drop several times a day, I’d probably stick with what you have.

  • McLain - These are beautiful! I just ordered one! Thank you for sharing your pretty designs!!

  • Nell - Hi Ashley! Just wanted to let you know I ordered one of these cases back in the fall and have LOVED it. Happy phone! I just got upgraded to the iphone 5s so I’m having to get a new case. Sad that I won’t be using your design anymore! But you’ve inspired me to create one of my own. I just created and ordered a case with getuncommon with a picture I took of an old quilt that my mom made in 1968. I love it! Thank you for the inspiration!

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