I wear a backpack most of the time, I don't like keeping things in my pockets and I'm always annoyed at how inconvenient it is to access my phone, so I decided to make a little leather phone holster that attaches to my backpack strap. While I was at it, I figured, why not make it look like an owl! It's hard not to love a cute owl, and it also seemed like an appropriate form for a case that holds my means of sending and receiving messages. Now I have my very own version of Hedwig sitting on my shoulder waiting to deliver owl post.
My design uses the form of the owl functionally. Its head is the flap closure, with snaps for eyes, it's wings fold around the back of my backpack strap to keep it in place, and it's claws hold your ear buds when you're not using them. It also has a smaller pocket in the front to hold metro cards, credit cards or other things I need to access quickly.
This project would be a great DIY gift and is really quite easy to make. I've even provided the pattern I created, which could be easily modified to fit any phone, or altered to look like a different animal. If you have access to a laser cutter, creating this holster would be especially easy, though a laser cut version will have a bit of a different look than you see here. Either way, it's a fun practical project, perfect for a beginning leather worker.