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16 January 2008 @ 11:56 am
TARDIS phone case  

I was lucky enough to get a new phone for Christmas (much needed since my old phone only seemed to work every other day) and thought that it was a great excuse to make yet another TARDIS (like I need an excuse!) So here's what I came up with:

More photos and how-tos after the jump!

The Back:

The inside (look I found some very TARDIS-y fabric for the inside!):

Okay. . . The How. . . This case was designed for an iPhone with  a hard plastic case on it.  In order for your case to be protective, it should be snug so take your own measurements and adjust the pattern accordingly. 

You will need:
Ruler (A see through one works best!)
Blue Felt  (I used a wool blend felt in a color called Denim, it has some white and darker blue in the fiber mix so it makes it look weathered, like it's been through a lot of time and space)
Lining Fabric (I used a yellow honeycomb patterned cotton)
Fusable Webbing
Black Cotton Fabric
Fabric Glue
White Chalk Marker (I use Clover Fin tipped White Marking Pen)
White Fabric Paint (I used Jacquard Super Opaque White)
Cream Fabric Paint (I mixed my own color out of white, yellow, and brown)
Black thread
Marking pen
Navy Blue Cotton Embroidery Floss (I used DMC Dark Navy 823)
Black Fabric Paint
Gold Fabric Paint
Clear Varnish
Paint Brushes (all small one super small, fine tipped brush)

1) Measure your phone (or device) to get your fabric measurements.  For the iPhone with the case it's 4 5/8" long 2 5/8" wide and 3/4" deep.  You'll cut the fabric (lining, fusable webbing and felt)* 2 times the length + the depth long and the width+ the depth wide so for my phone it was 10" long and 3 3/8" wide.

*As you paint and stitch and press the felt it shrinks up a bit.  I always cut it a bit larger and then cut it down to size after I've done all the decorative work.

2) Cut 2 strips of black cotton 2 7/8" long 1/2" high.

3) To prevent fraying of the lining and black fabrics put a fine line of fabric glue around all the rough edges.  Let dry.

4) Using the white fabric paint and the fine tipped , Paint the "Police Public Call Box" on both of the strips.  Let dry.

5) Using the white chalk marker, draw a line lengthwise down the middle of the 10" long felt piece starting 7/8" down from the top of the felt and stopping 7/8" before the bottom.  Draw a 2 7/8" long horizontal line 7/8" down from the top and 7/8" up from the bottom.  Draw  door  rectangles on either side of the vertical line, rectangles are all 3/4" long by 1" wide (I made a little paper template for the door panels).

6) Paint the windows using the white paint.  Once that dries, accent with the cream paint at corners.  Let dry.

7) Sew the "Police Box" signs onto the ends of the 10" long felt using the black thread.  Use the 2 7/8" long horizontal line as a guide.

8) Mark the panes of the windows using the marking pen

9) Using a Stem Stitch, stitch all the details drawn on the felt with the marking chalk and pen with the navy embroidery floss.  I used all 6 strands for all the stitch work except in the windows.  There I used 4 strands.

10) Paint the "Free for public use" sign on one of the door panels using the cream paint.  When that dries, use the super fine brush and the black paint to paint the text.  Let dry.

11) Paint gold door pull and lock.

12) After all the decorative work is done press felt and trim if necessary.

13) Use fusable webbing to join the lining fabric to the felt.

14) Fold fabric in half and sew up the sides and along the top using a Blanket (or Button Hole) Stitch.

15) Paint over all the painted bits with 2 coats of clear varnish.

16) Enjoy your new TARDIS phone case!!!


sneaky feelings: freaked-out doctor14icedbear on January 16th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
nice! i have a friend whose iphone ringtone is the tardis sound - he really needs one of these now.
buzzingbuzz: TARDIS vortexbuzzingbuzz on February 14th, 2008 12:37 am (UTC)
Do you know where they got it? and if you can get it for a regular phone? I would so love that for my ring tone, but I'll never get an i-phone (my dad does though...) .
(Anonymous) on September 13th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
go to www.phonezoo.com
you can upload your own tones, and you can look for others. they have doctor who ones if you look hard enough. They send em to your phone and they don't cost anything! heh...sounded like a commercial there.:D I use this site myself and it doesn't send you spam or anything.:)
(Anonymous) on November 5th, 2010 12:35 pm (UTC)
Tardis ringtone
Hey its easy just search on google for tardis landing mp3 and download it and transfer it to your phone ........peace of cake!!!
imaginarybf on January 16th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
Oh! By the way. . . the case fully covers the phone, I just popped the phone up so that you could see it was a phone case and not something else. . .
Lisa Moulton: Got a problem with that?gigs_83 on January 16th, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
Oooo I want one but I'm gonna have a Juke in February and it'd make for a rather thin TARDIS. ^^
Sauntering Vaguely Downwardsthinkofaname on January 16th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
this is gorgeous!
Avid Beader: doctor who ten jawlineavidbeader on January 16th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
That is so cute! Well done!
Triumphant and Awesome: Regulatorpetit_chou on January 16th, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
You know that if you ever have an occasion to give Kirk a present, he'd flip his nut if you gave him something TARDIS related. And that timey wimey honeycomb fabric inside is SUCH a nice touch.

PS - Hi! I'm Kirk's friend Heather. We met at the craft fair in the McCarren Park Pool this summer.
imaginarybf on January 16th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
HI! Yes. . . You are indeed correct Kirk would flip!

(I remember you! Such a small world. . .)
cjmr: 10th doctorcjmr on January 16th, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC)
I think I may modify the dimensions and make d_84 a Tardis sunglasses sleeve.

Thanks for the idea, instructions, etc...
imaginarybf on January 17th, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
That is such a good idea! My oh my, at this rate my entire purse will be filled with TARDISES! TARDI?
(Anonymous) on January 16th, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
Very nicely done.
therru: Tardis - magic boxtherru on January 16th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
It's wonderful! And I can't believe you found a lining fabric like that! :)
Rusty: TARDISrustydog on January 16th, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
That is so attractive, and great instructions, thank you!
Lady Paxie of Kick Ass, Duchess of Win: Tenth Doctor: OMGYAY!paxieamor on January 16th, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)
Eeeeee! Made of WIN!!!!! Will make! <333
Hotaru's Sisterhotarus_sister on January 17th, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
sweet. I just got an iphone and with any luck I'll get around to making this. My ringtone has always been the sound of the TARDIS so it'll definitely fit.
Yippie-ky-yay, mother #!*$#%!"soindywaits on January 17th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
that is so cute.
i am going to be making one for my ipod soooon.
where o were did you find that awesome lining fabric?
imaginarybf on January 17th, 2008 08:20 am (UTC)
It's a honeycomb and bees print from the Japanese designer Etsuko Fuyura. I bought it at www.reprodepot.com about a year ago, sadly they don't have it any more but you might be able to find it elsewhere online. . .
penwiper337penwiper337 on January 17th, 2008 03:00 am (UTC)
This is marvelous! It's adorable, and great work on the tutorial. :)

It's also a delicious first-birthday coincidence for the community, considering that the first project posted in the community was... an embroidered TARDIS phone cozy. Cool!
imaginarybf on January 17th, 2008 08:21 am (UTC)
HA! That's wonderful! And funny enough, that was my old phone!!!
isweedan: Fourt tips Hat &Smilesisweedan on January 17th, 2008 03:05 am (UTC)
Major plaudits! quite some design skill there ^.^
heavenly_rain: SonicScrewdriverLoveheavenly_rain on January 17th, 2008 03:52 am (UTC)
Eeeek! That's so awesome... I love it!
I might make one... if I actually get round to it :P
meredee: crafty tardismeredee on January 17th, 2008 04:29 am (UTC)
Wow, that's fantastic! I love the lining. Well done!
Hiding in plain sightwulfae on January 17th, 2008 04:44 am (UTC)
Now I have to figure out something that I own that I could make a cover for, seeing as how I'm one of the four people in Canada without a cell phone. n____n

Nice, clear instructions. I like the links to explain the stitches.
Vermithrax Pejorative: TARDISfyrdrakken on January 17th, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)
Ooh, that's absolutely brilliant. (No iPhone, but I'm thinking part of my tax refund is going towards a Blackberry, and of course I'll need a case for it...)
Rob Vincent: drwho - tardisrob_t_firefly on January 17th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
Nicely done! Thanks for sharing.
hermitsrme: David Tennanthermitsrme on January 18th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
that's superb
Oddorable: Dr who:outtakes cybermen wheee!oddorable on January 18th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
oh goodness that is lovely! Now if I only I had a iphone to put in one haha =0)
Margaret Z: dw nine adorableshinjuyuki on January 18th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
This is great! I'm going to make this for my new digital camera.
logicisfailing: Out of this worldlogicisfailing on July 20th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
this is so cool! I need a holder for my mp3 player - this might just work!
Dani: doctorjai_vu_bleu on December 26th, 2008 03:25 am (UTC)
This is excellent! I've decided to make this for my boyfriend for Christmas - for his DS, instead of an iphone :)

Thanks for this!
(Anonymous) on November 30th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
i've got a secret santa, and this is perfect for my friend!!! do you have a pattern to make this, i'm not amazing at arty things!
Irissleepall_day on December 2nd, 2011 11:33 pm (UTC)
Oh my, how incredibly crafty of you!! That is so awesome! And is that an iPhone?? :D