Stamped leather cell phone crossbody pouch with crystal rivets

Crossbody Cell Phone Pouches Are Functional and Fun

Beading crossbody pouches for smartphones is a great way to spend an evening. Well, let’s face it. In my world, beading anything is a great way to spend an evening.

How fun to create and sell practical wearables such as the ones I wrote about here. Customers who bought these cell phone bags during the Sandia Heights Art Tour loved them.

I’ve since received requests for bags that honor larger phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy or the iPhone 6plus. And so I’ve begun to experiment with neutrals such as black and  natural leather.

crossbody cell phone pouches front and back

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Stamped leather with crystal rivets and turquoise rivets

Working in a new medium presents challenges. Over a few weeks, I’ve discovered a myriad of information about rotary cutters, leather and embellishments, primarily as a result of trial and error.

  • How do you ensure symmetry?
  • What’s the best technique to embellish leather?
  • Do exotic leathers add enough pizzazz to be worth their trouble?
Black envelope purse with beading on snakeskin leather

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, beading on snakeskin, adhered to envelope purse

The learnings and customer comments keep me engaged and excited. The most important function my friends provide is testing and honest feedback.

Stamped leather cell phone crossbody pouch with crystal rivets

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Stamped leather and crystals

For example, Ann’s original comment of “Fabulous!” became more specific after she’d worn the pouch for some time. “I didn’t have to hold the phone or worry about it sliding off,” she said, describing using headphones for her book during last week’s three-hour flight.

“That’s way cute!” my lunch partner commented about a pouch I carried with squares, triangles and rectangles of different color on it. It went home with her.

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Leather pouch with rectangles, squares, triangles and stars

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Leather pouch with rectangles, squares, triangles and stars

Brass rivets?

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Stamped leather with brass rivets

What about metallic leather and crystal rivets for holiday bling?

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Metallic leather with crystal rivets

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Metallic leather with crystal rivets

Do yourself a favor and make sure your smartphone holder is unique. What’s your favorite pouch?