DIY Instructables Robot IPhone Case




In this tutorial I'll show you how to make a trendy fabric iPhone case with some contemporary chevron patterned fabric, a plain iPhone case, and a instructables prize patch. Show off your Instructables spirit by making and attaching this fashionable accessory to your smart phone!

Step 1: What You Will Need:

Parts/ Materials

  1. iPhone 5 Case $0.99
  2. Fabric $3.00
  3. Instructables Prize Patch Free

Total Cost: $3.99

Tools/ Adhesives:

  • Scissors
  • Utility Knife
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Q-tips
  • Paper Cup

Step 2: Adhering Fabric to the Case

Start by spraying the back of the iPhone case with a generous amount of spray adhesive. Next, place and position the back of the case facing down in the center of the desired fabric pattern and firmly hold it in place for about 30 seconds to let the adhesive set. After the adhesive has set, spray the sides with the spray adhesive and pull the fabric over all four sides of the case and use the fabric's stretching ability to work out any wrinkles or imperfections. Wait for about 1 minute for the adhesive to set, then set it aside to dry. Cut excess fabric to about 1/4 inch from the edge of the case. Next, spray the adhesive into the paper cup until there is fluid in the cup, then use Q-tips to dip and brush the edges and inner-sides with adhesive. Lastly, stretch the remaining fabric over the edges and on to the inner-sides, then set it aside to dry.

Step 3: Cutting Out Camera/ Button Holes

First, use a utility knife to carefully cut around the edges of the camera and button holes, leaving about a 1/16 inch excess from the edge of the holes. Brush adhesive around the edges of the holes using Q-tips. Next, pull the excess fabric through the hole and adhere it to the inner-surface. Then set it aside to dry.

Step 4: Adhering Instructables Logo to the Case

Start by cutting the outline of the instructables robot logo and website text out using scissors. Apply adhesive to the edge of the cut-outs to keep the fabric from fraying. Lastly, spray the cut-outs with adhesive, then place them centered on the case. Now the DIY instructables robot iphone is finally finished. You can also use this same case making technique for other electronic devises like: smartphones, tablets, mp3 players, ect.


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    11 Discussions

    Lady Judy

    3 years ago

    Wow... Maybe i can apply it to my handphone. Thank You :)


    3 years ago on Introduction

    Hey, KTC, I've been wanting to make a cover for The Otter Box (white) on my iPhone. Tried a jazzy zebra printed Duct Tape, but it didn't last. I'm thinking about painting it with permanent ink but wonder if that would just make my hands messy if the ink doesn't absorb.

    You did a fantastic job gluing the fabric. I've used spray adhesive before and know how hard it is to avoid overspray. How did you protect the screen and lenses? Also, you must be a pro with the X-acto knife! All your details look fantastic! Doesn't the Q-tip leave cotton residue?


    4 years ago

    Where do you get the patch