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DIY Phone Pillow Stand / Holder tutorial (+ FREE Pattern)

I have always had a struggle with keeping my phone upright while watching something on it. Whenever I wanted to look at a video as I’m sewing or follow a recipe as I’m cooking, I ended up wasting time trying to balance the phone on whatever I could find.

Until I saw a bean bag cell phone holder. With a phone pillow stand, you can set your phone to stay upright securely in just a few seconds. Finally, we can easily watch sewing instructions while doing the actual sewing simultaneously!

Plus, this DIY iphone pillow holder is also great for binge-watching popular series, a crime I’m definitely guilty for.

Here’s a tutorial that will teach you how to make a phone pillow stand quickly.

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How to make iphone pillow

Supplies and tools

For this project, you will need the following materials and tools:

When you get all that ready, you can proceed to the next step of the tutorial.

DOWNLOAD: phone pillow holder sewing pattern (Free PDF file)

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How To Sew a phone holder

Watch the diy tablet or ipad stand video first and then follow the written step by step instructions below.
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STEP 1: Prepare the pattern and use it

Download the phone pillow pad pattern and print it out on a piece of paper in full size. Cut out any excess paper and the pattern will be ready for use.
Use the pattern as a guide and cut out the fabric accordingly. If you don’t have a printer cut a piece of fabric 5 x 12.

STEP 2: Prepare the fabric for sewing

Fold the fabric in half so that the short sides are aligned and the right sides are in. Fold the upper edge inward about 3/8″ and press.

Measure out about one inch from the bottom fold, on both long edges of the fabric. Mark with a pen or sewist chalk.

STEP 3: Start sewing the fabric cell phone holder

Make a stitch along both side edges of the fabric piece. Leave the section you marked unstitched.

STEP 4: Turn around

Turn the entire pillow inside out through the opening on the upper side.

STEP 5: Mark and sew the bottom section

Using your fabric marking pen mark two parallel lines: first 1 inch from the bottom fold, and the second 3/8″ from the first line. Both lines should be parallel to the bottom.

Stitch along these marked lines. This will be the bottom section of the phone holder that keeps the entire thing stable. Press with an iron to remove the heat erasable marks.

STEP 6: Insert the pellets into the bottom section

Make a small funnel from paper and insert it into the little gap near the bottom you left unstitched . Fill that section with microbeads, pellets or rice. Push the pellets inside and pin. Hand or machine sew the opening shut.

STEP 7: Stitch the top

Now bring the two corners of the upper edge together so that the upper edge is perpendicular to the bottom edge of the phone holder. Secure with pins or clips. Stitch the top, leaving the last 1 1/2 inches unsewn so you can stuff it up.

STEP 7: Insert stuffing

Using a funnel, pour the microbeads/rice into the upper section, about half a cup is enough.

After that, you can insert the stuffing into the phone holder. Don’t fill it with stuffing all the way up, leave a bit of space so that you can do the final steps more easily.

STEP 8: Finish the DIY phone pillow stand

Fold the ribbon in half and set it inside the two layers, next to the fold. Keep the fold of the ribbon away from the edge, aligning its opposite end with the long edge of the fabric piece. Secure everything in place with pins or clips.

Sew a final stitch across the upper edge to close the gap.

Your DIY phone stand is complete!

You will notice it’s not very big, but thanks to the design, it can hold large phones or even tablets without any difficulties.

Now you know how to sew a cell phone pillow holder / stand in minutes! Make a few for your loved ones, they make great Christmas presents and everyone likes them. Let us know what you think about this bean bag cell phone holder tutorial in the comment section below. Have fun watching videos hands-free!

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Kim | Shiplap and Shells - September 3, 2020

What a great idea! Thank you for sharing with Charming Homes and Gardens.

    Helen - September 3, 2020

    Thank you for watching my tutorial, Kim!

Christa - September 3, 2020

Thank you for this great and simple tutorial! It turned out better than I thought it would, and I love that it was practically free to make it out of cute scrap fabric!! the only modification I made is to make the channel for the phone a little wider so that it would hold in place better. That was easy to do after it was assembled by just using a zipper foot to squish the filing out of the way.

    Helen - September 3, 2020

    I’m so glad you liked it, Christa! Thank you for sharing your experience with us

Dawn Larson - September 3, 2020

I would love to make your phone holder but there is no link to the pattern. Is it possible you could email your pattern to me?Thank you

    Helen - September 3, 2020

    I’ve fixed the link. You can download the pattern now. The link is just under the supplies and tools sections

Michele Morin - September 3, 2020

Great solution!

Lorna - The Writing Greyhound - September 4, 2020

I love this! Definitely one I’ll bookmark and try out at some point #PoCoLo

angie - September 4, 2020

love this idea simple enough and something all the teens on my list would love thanks for sharing
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Naush - September 5, 2020

What a clever idea. Really digging it.
Thank you for joining us at Meraiki Link Party.

Life Diet Health - September 6, 2020

What a fantastic idea! I almost think I could actually make this! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday.

Michelle - September 7, 2020

Totally clever! I need to make one for myself! Pinned! And this will be featured in this week’s Creative Compulsions.


Kristin - September 8, 2020

This is such a great idea! I’m picturing Christmas gifts for my kids!! Thanks for sharing at Charming Homes & Gardens!

    Helen - September 11, 2020

    These make great Chrstmas gifts. I’m sure they’ll love these

Cherelle | The Inspired Prairie - September 9, 2020

What a cool idea! I’ve never seen anything like this before and could imagine it would make a great Christmas gift.

Thanks for sharing with us on Embracing Home and Family Link-up party! Please join us again this Friday 🙂


    Helen - September 11, 2020

    Thank you for the nice words, Cherelle! Will do

Donna @ M - September 9, 2020

This is a really great idea and useful tool. I like how you can personalize it with different fabric. #HomeMattersParty

    Helen - September 11, 2020

    Definitely! These make awesome gifts!

Marilyn - September 9, 2020

Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

chickenruby - September 13, 2020

What a fab idea, now I’m back in the UK I’ll make one so I can watch tv in bed on my phone and not have to keep propping it back up. I’ll let you know how I get on. Thanks for linking with #pocolo

Annette, 3 Little Buttons - September 14, 2020

What a lovely idea. I think these little pillows would make lovely Christmas gifts. I do adore soft stands for phones and tablets as they seem to be a lot easier to store away than the bigger plastic versions. Thank you for joining us for the #dreamteamlinky

    Helen - September 15, 2020

    Thank you for your kind words. Indeed, these little stands are lovely Christmas gifts!

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Jaqi Sheppard - November 20, 2020

My daughter suggested that I might like to make these pillows for my GS. Once I found your pattern I had to make them. In less than 5 minutes I have a list of 15 to make for family and friends!
1m also making a slightly larger model to hold a tablet, (8″ x 15″) using the same method. One of the phone pillows will have to be in pul material for an 8yr old. I’ll also be experimenting with different fabrics, fleece etc.

Thank you for a great pattern.

Misty Duke - January 19, 2021

I was looking for a phone stand and decided to find a tutorial to make my own. This is such an easy project. The video and written instructions are very well done. I am a novice sewer, however, this was not hard at all. I made 6 in one day! Love this!

    Helen - January 22, 2022

    That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Misty! Looks like you have a new favorite!

rose haft - February 7, 2021

I made a phone older from a man’s beautiful tie. It’s a perfect gift.

    Helen - February 8, 2021

    Cool – it really is a perfect gift! I love up-cycling projects

Celia S Heikkila - March 10, 2021

Is there anyway to print out the instructions not just the pattern?

    Helen - March 11, 2021

    Currently I don’t have a printable pdf with the instructions.

Joyce - April 5, 2021

What fun! Easy pattern to follow. I’ll be making many more of these adorable cell phone holders for gifts. Thanks for sharing a great tutorial!

Larry Edwards - February 1, 2022

I found a tutorial on making my phone stand while searching for a phone stand. This project is straightforward. I like the video and instructions. It’s my first time sewing. But it wasn’t hard at all. In one day, I made six! This is great!

    Helen - February 1, 2022

    that’s really impressive, Larry! Good job

JanW - June 7, 2022

Great instructions. What would you use the loop for?

    Helen - June 8, 2022

    Hang it somewhere when not in use. It’s optional

Demetria - April 27, 2023

Thank you for the idea! I did have to make some alterations due to my phone being to big for the original. I increase the size to 5 by 15 for the fabric. The parellel lines were 1 & 1/2 inch from the bottom fold then 3/4 from previous line. It worked out well!


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