Hello, welcome to episode number #23 of Make
Thrift Buy, a show where you send me clothes or accessories that you’ve found on the internet,
and I try my best to recreate them. Today’s challenge was suggested by Nekorit cx, who
wanted me to try and recreate this iPhone case. Now I do personally think that this
accessory is – ridiculous – but on this shop, Velvet Caviar, it does retail for $43, and
I’m pretty sure that I can recreate this for a lot cheaper. So, challenge accepted! Let’s
begin. I started by thrifting myself a teddy bear.
This guy was $1 from the thrift shop, and although it looked pretty clean, I still gave
it a quick wash after I bought it. So I know that the case in the original is
actually a Rilakkuma bear, but if I was going out and buying a Rilakkuma bear for new – that
would kinda of defeat the purpose of this series. So, I’m working with what I was able to
thrift. Now I did buy one thing for new – and that
was this plain, stiff iPhone case that I found at the dollar store for $2. For this project I also needed craft glue,
scissors, a needle and thread, and some kind of thick material. I’m using PVC, but you
could also use canvas or denim. You will also need one stone cold, evil heart that makes
you totally okay with cutting up a cute teddy bear. So, it’s time to cut up the bear! I flipped the bear over onto its front and
found the seam in the middle of it’s back. I then cut up this seam. I then removed a bunch of stuffing to make
the bear a bit thinner, and to make room for the phone case to sit in. So then I cut this slit to the same length
as the iphone case. And then I made equal-sized 4 cuts at the
top and bottom of the slit, like this, so that when I fold back the excess fabric, this
hole is going to be the same size as the phone case. Then, with the piece of PVC, I used the case
as a template and I drew around it, adding about an extra inch on each side. I then cut
out this piece of PVC, and then I kind of… just jammed it into the back of my bear like
this. I folded these side flaps over the side of
the PVC material, and then, with my needle and thread, I sewed the PVC into the bear,
attaching it to the bear’s… skin(?) I also realized too late that this process
would have been a lot easier if I had cut away small corners of the PVC like this before
inserting it. But, I’d already sewed half of it in, so
I kept sewing, and it seemed to work out alright anyway. Then, I grabbed my craft glue. I squeezed
the glue all over the PVC lining that I’ve made, and onto the back of the phone case.
Then I placed the phone case into the bear on top of the piece of PVC, hoped for the
best, and I also waited about an hour for it to dry. So, that’s it! [music plays] Okay, so I have to admit that… I kinda like
it. It’s just SO ridiculous that it’s become kind of fantastic.
I mean, calling people is now a lot more fun: “Hey, it’s me. So if I sound a little bit
muffled, it’s just because I have a bear butt in my face. Yeah yeah – a bear butt. In my
face. Y’know. …Hello?”
And it still works like… fine. I can still text off it, scroll instagram, and while the
back camera doesn’t work – coz there’s a bear… in the way… the front camera still works!
So, you can still take selfies. So although I was not expecting this, I would
actually call this Make Thrift Buy a complete success. Actually – just before we get too enthusiastic
here, just hold up a sec. I kinda changed my mind about the whole “liking
this phone case” thing when I took it outside my apartment, and out into public.
I looked ENTIRELY nuts. And everytime I took my phone out of my bag,
I got very very embarrassed, probably because a lot of people stared at me while I did it.
So… yeah. So that’s it for today’s episode, please don’t
forget to keep sending me in suggestions for new challenges to try out on Make Thrift Buy
– I don’t mind ridiculous suggestions, in fact sometimes the more ridiculous, the better!
And I’ll see you all for my next video. Bye!