Key fob phone stand
This extremely simple little key fob holds a cell phone up for you hands-free. The only trick is picking the right thing to make it from.
It requires a fairly rigid material, so the little front tab doesn’t bend out of place under the weight of the phone. Making them out of a single layer of tooling leather is popular, but it’s also possible with something an embroidery machine can manage: blackboard fabric. There are many different kinds, but JoAnn’s is something like upholstery vinyl, but with a thinner, more rigid surface. There’s a blog post with tips on sewing blackboard fabric, but if you can’t find it, experiment with different types of vinyls and, perhaps, stiffeners.
Each step is a different color, because you’ll need to pause and bring the thread tails up before starting out, to minimize nesting. You’ll likely want to stitch it all out in a single color (with matching bobbin). It only comes in a 5×7 format (sorry), 3-up – skip the outer two if you only want to sew one.
You can snap or rivet the two ends together, or insert a larger grommet. Add a split ring for keys (around the snap/rivet or through the grommet) and you’re done. To use it, push the upper piece back and insert the phone. It’s best used to hold the phone horizontally, especially with rounded-edge phones like the iPhone, but if you’re careful it will hold even a larger phone upright.
This is copyrighted by Silver Seams in the year noted in its URL, and licensed under Creative Commons’ CC-BY-SA. This basically means you’re free to sell items you make from it, provided you give reasonable attribution, and that if you modify it you’re required to share your changes with the world under the same license (the actual legal bits are in the link).
As with other free embroidery patterns here, the SVG file is included in the ZIP package so you can modify it in Inkscape and produce your own variations/sizes/etc.