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.

Step 1: Supplies


  • Your phone
  • Your backpack
  • A pattern - or use mine
  • Leather - I used a milled veg tanned leather about 2-4 oz but you could also use a pre-finished chrome tanned leather. If you do want to use this kind of leather you will not be able to tool the details into the leather in the same way, and you will have to add the details with stitching or laser cutting.
  • Five line 20 snaps
  • A few small quick set rivets
  • A D ring
  • Thick thread
  • Gum Tragacanth for burnishing
  • Leather glue or fabric glue (something that dries flexible)
  • Leather dye and finish if you are using veg tanned leather


<p>Que bonito dise&ntilde;o para un regalo de navidad... intentare hacerlo ahora</p>
<p>That's an incredibly good design! Some people can dream up amazing things and not build them, others can build things but lack creativity. You just nailed both!</p>
<p>not sure if i could make that=(</p>
<p>I think I just 'died' of an overdose of creativity and cuteness (not to mention total practicality). I love it!</p>
<p>gud job</p>
<p>I'd buy this! =)</p>
<p>me as well - it's beautiful &amp; fabulously creative </p>
I agree, I've seen quite a few leather cases before but never quite like this! :)
Me too
<p>this is gorgeous &amp; very creative -- do you make these for sale at all??</p>
Where would you suggest getting tools if you are a beginner? I'd love to do this with daughters. I see so many cool projects using leather. Thanks!
<p>I get all my tools from Tandy Leather. They have a great selection and both an online store and some retail locations. Leather working tools aren't cheap, but they do have some good kits and sets of tools that will give you what you need to get started. You can even get tools on amazon. Something like this: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/STITCHING-LEATHERCRAFT-Stitching-Adjustable-Multi-Size/dp/B00UKZAWCG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1448910008&sr=8-2&keywords=leather+working+tool">http://www.amazon.com/STITCHING-LEATHERCRAFT-Stitc...</a> </p><p>is a pretty good starer kit that will give you a lot of the tools your need.</p>
Thanks for the info! I've put this on my Christmas list :) I am super excited about doing this project with my kids.
<p>I don't use my phone much, but for this, I would! I plan on making mine in white...Yes, I'm going to make my owl into Hedwig! </p>
<p>Yes! I can't wait to see :) I just got a new phone, so now I need to make another one! I'm thinking maybe black and gold this time....</p>
I'd wear one of these even if it wasn't functional as well - gorgeous. It's inspiration to un-mothball my leather working tools, by far the coolest project I've come across yet on instructables.
<p>Your design is wonderful and your work is high quality. They combine together for a beautiful product. You could make and sell these.</p>
<p>can i suggest adhereing felt pads to the back sides of all your snaps so as to avoid scratching your phone? beautiful case though. </p>
<p>That's a good idea! I haven't had a problem with that so far, but good to be safe.</p>
Excellent &amp; beautiful project to get one .
<p>Great job! </p><p>Neat, clean,<br>tasteful.</p>
Fabulous creation
<p>Beautifully done!</p>
<p>I think I'll make one of these, it will be a hoot!</p>
<p>Awesome! I won't be able to do one myself (I don't think) but, at least, I learnt what is the mysterious tool with &quot;teeth&quot; and for what to use it, I have one of these somewhere at home. </p><p>Thank you.</p>
<p>Love this. I think this is the tuto that is going to push me to buy all the leather tools I've wanted for so long. Thank you. Wonderful work.</p>
<p>Nice work, it's very cool!</p>
<p>:O :O :O </p><p>I love it! </p>
This is so cool &amp; beautifully created! Waw! ??
<p>I cannot even believe how adorable this is! Great call making the feet into a little cord holder. So cute!</p>
<p>I have some scrap leather that we can use to make our own! </p>
<p>This is so cute!</p>

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