The Most Comfortable iPhone Armband EVER. Easy DIY.

Sure you can buy an expensive neoprene pocket to hold your phone while you run.  But why?  When you can make an elegant and sophisticated holder out of a dirty sock?





Several years ago, back when I had a fella, he bought me an armband to hold my iPhone in while I was running.   It was very nice of him.  I will stress what a nice thing that was for him to do, to just walk in the door with an armband for my iPhone to use while running, even though I didn’t really run.  Kay?  Understood?  Nice of him.

I hated it.

It was too big and scratchy and uncomfortable in the way only a very expensive accessory outsourced to China can be.  It looked good.  It just felt awful.  It dug in my arm and the velcro that closed it scratched at my skin and it took forever to get it to the “right” tightness. It either felt like it was going to fall off or like  an overinflated blood pressure cuff.

Fast forward to a few months later.   I was cleaning out the laundry room and came across some socks I wear around my ankles during running in the winter.  My ankle warmers.  They’re a pair of work socks I cut the foot off of that I slip over the bottom of my running pants so my little ankles don’t get a chill.

The site of them got me to thinking.  I wonder if I could use a sock like that for my iPhone.

And I could.  That was 5 years ago and I am STILL using the same sock to house my iPhone while I run.

If you’ve been looking for a comfortable, WASHABLE, easy to use armband for your phone while exercising, you HAVE to do this.  Obviously it wasn’t only a good idea when I did it 5 years ago, but I can safely say that this chopped up sock will stand the test of time.

It’s very involved and complicated so pay attention.  Here’s what you have to do …

How to Make a Phone Holder for Running.

Cut the toe off of a sock … and put it on your arm.


It will immediately make your elbow look all wrinkly like a horse’s wee wee as it’s coming out to pee.  If you’ve never seen a horse’s wee wee as it’s coming out to pee it looks very much like my elbow.

Stick your phone at the top of your sock, up high on your arm.

Fold the bottom up over the phone.


Wanna make more of a fashion statement?  Use a fancy sock.  Like this camouflage one.

Camo Iphone Holder


The original work sock that got me to thinking about making an iPhone holder.  It’s too loose and the wool is too scratchy for me, but might work for you if you have bigger arms and no aversion to wool.  It would look especially good if you’re a long distance running lumberjack.

Sock Monkey Iphone Holder



If you want to get really aggressive with this DIY you can serge the raw edge of your sock so it doesn’t fray or unravel but I couldn’t be bothered. And since this has lasted for 5 years I’m fairly confident in saying … your sock isn’t going to unravel if you don’t serge it.

If you don’t wash it, it’s going to smell … but it won’t unravel.  Don’t run so you don’t think you have any need for an arm sock?  Just imagine how cool you’d look with a can of Pringles sticking out of it.

You’re welcome.

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The Most Comfortable iPhone Armband EVER. Easy DIY.


  1. Ivan says:

    You’re a genius! Unfortunately it didn’t worked well for me :/
    As a somewhat large male, the sock got too tight and uncomfortable during my arm workout. Thanks anyway :)

    • Karen says:

      Booo. Try a bigger sock! Or maybe the bottom of a legging? Sorry it didn’t work out Mr. big arms. :) ~ karen!

    • joeyjoeyjoey says:

      Put it on your forearm instead.

    • Jess says:

      Women wear sock-like cuffs on their calves, you know, like the ’80’s workout women did. They have more give and fit a larger limb. That might work better for you!

    • Ron says:

      I don’t know if you noticed me doing curls over there, but I did over 1000. Also I tried your arm band trick using plus sized pant leg. Still too small

  2. Anthony says:

    Thanks. It was my wife who bought your site to my attention. I will now check it regularly for other great ideas. Thanks again.

  3. Anthony says:

    This would have been useful info…A YEAR AGO! !! Omg! Do you have any idea how much money I’ve spent on armbands? ? This is sheer genius. I think I’m falling in love with you!

  4. kristin says:

    Thanks for this! I’m expecting an important phone call today and I don’t have pockets and I’m terrible at remembering to carry my phone around to all parts of the house. So this is perfect. (It also beats wearing it in my bra like I usually do!)

  5. Maya says:

    So glad I googled ‘diy iphone armband’ before I sprang for a prefab version online…& so glad I found this site! Amazing solution, I made the armband in 2 seconds and don’t have any more excuses to put off my workout :) thanks!

  6. deniseinark says:

    I’ve been thinking about an armband for a long time now and wouldn’t do it because of the downsides listed here. I don’t own any long socks, and DH only has a few pairs to wear with boots, so I hated to cut up any of them. BUT- I ran across a pair of TED hose (the support hose that they put on your legs when you go to surgery) and used them. They were great, if a little tight on my arms. However, it occcurs to me that some people have really skinny arms and the socks might not stay up well. The TED hose (or any other kind of support stocking- you can find them with the Dr. Scholl’s products) might be just the answer for those smaller arms.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Denise – I’m glad you decided to hack up a pair of hose. It really is the best armband ever. I love it every time I put it on! You don’t even notice it’s there. ~ karen!

      • Colette says:

        How about going to the dollar store and buying kid size socks if you have really skinny arms? And they come in such cute patterns and colors!

        So happy this came up when I was searching online to buy a phone band today!!

  7. Cathreeno says:

    Wow. You run. I’m impressed!

  8. April says:

    Absolutely brilliant! I used a knee-sock instead of a tube sock and it worked wonderfully! Thanks so much for this wonderful DIY!

  9. Tamahome Jenkins says:

    This is a great idea, but I sweat like a pig when I run. So, I decided to make myself a DIY waterproof iPhone case with a Ziploc bag. This is the best $30 I’ve ever saved!

    • Karen says:

      LOL. I don’t really sweat until I stop running. Then I’m a disgusting mess. You should try the armband w/out the ziplock. It absorbs your sweat! And since the phone is encased between the two sides of the sock it doesn’t get wet. If it does … you should maybe see a doctor. Heh! ~ karen

  10. Neil says:

    Genius, I have now stopped washing my socks and started cutting them up and selling them to joggers instead. Great tip!

  11. sera says:

    you’re a genius!!!! of course, everyone else has told you this already. But, my husband is constantly going through smart wool socks and ditching them when they get holes. This is awesome!!!!

  12. Julie says:

    Fantastic – a new home for my new iPhone 5 – thank you Karen

  13. Jan says:

    You are a genius goddess Karen.

    • Karen says:

      Jan … Normally I’d say, oh stop … No I’m not. But with this idea? I’m going to have to wholeheartedly agree with you. ~ karen!

  14. flattire Tuesday says:

    I went for my first run this morning in approx. 1843 years. I refused to voluntarily deprive myself of sleep before my baby was one year old. I tucked my phone in my bra, and the whole time was kicking myself for not reading this article first (I’d seen the story on my FB timeline) and making one… not pleasant to have to keep reaching into my shirt and fix my phone. Tomorrow’s run will be much better. :)

  15. Julia says:

    Oh my god.
    Now I have to start running?
    You already made me get chickens.

  16. Jack says:

    I tried this with my Sony Sports Walkman but I couldn’t find a sock with enough holding power…..then I thought of those elastic socks old people like your mother wear on long flights. Works like a charm and I will never have to worry about getting a blood clot in my arm when I am out walking!!

  17. Carolyn says:

    Cooking week end… What happened .? I decided to make tie dye cookies. Found a recipe on the internet for butter cookies. Great… Toke my dough and colored four different colors. Something was not right, sticky and stetchy. Cooked a batch and they came out like Super Balls. What the heck happened, i could have bouced them across the room. I love to bake, but every thing I make never turns out.

  18. Sawndra says:

    You may have a whole other calling as an upper arm model…

    • Karen says:

      Hey S! That’s true. I’m just happy I didn’t make an iPhone assband. The photos wouldn’t have been nearly as impressive. ~ karen!

  19. Lisa says:

    This. Is. Brilliant. I am so excited. I have that stupid velcro pinch-your-skin armband as well and I HATE it so much I have been running holding my phone in my hand. Makes my shoulders hurt. This is amazing.

  20. Mondo says:

    simple and functional. I should try it…if I’m not feeling too slazy.

  21. Jeni says:

    Awesome! I have the sock … now I need to get an iPhone (I have been looking for the perfect excuse to get one) Thanks :o)

  22. Barbie says:

    I LOVE this idea! I am totally doing this for when I mow the lawn!

  23. this is AMAZING! great idea. please let me know if it would be ok to link back to this post after I try this out myself :)

  24. Leslie says:

    If this works with flabby old lady arms you are my hero. Again.

  25. Shauna says:

    I don’t even run and I want to do this – such a clever idea!

  26. kate-v says:


  27. Kim says:

    Hurray! This is MY kind of DIY! I don’t even have to go to the store as I have all the materials at hand. Woohoo! I will, of course, forget you ever mentioned a form of sewing. I even need an iPhone armband! I asked Santa for one for Xmas 2 years running but, apparently, I have been a bad girl because I didn’t get one. No need to wait for Santa any more, baby! It’s Xmas in June (or July by the time I get around to doing even this couldn’t be easier DIYer)! Thank you Karen!

  28. Debbie says:

    You are the most resourceful,creative, interprising, original , skillful being that I have ever encountered!!! I love this !

  29. Jeannie B says:

    As always, a great,simple inexpensive idea. Sort of reminiscent of the cool look in the 50’s, of guys carrying their package of smokes in their rolled up T shirt sleeve. By the way Karen, you have great looking arms. I should have realized that you’re a runner. I’ll test this idea out and see what else I can use it for.

  30. toekneetoni says:

    genius idea, as always with you. and you have the leftover piece to do your “secret dusting.” :)

  31. Barbara says:

    what an excellent idea! I’m thinking this would make a great sunglasses holder for when I’m hiking and the trail goes in and out of the woods; glasses on, glasses off, glasses on, glasses off….

  32. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    This is a great idea for people who run..maybe even for flea markets, yard sales, etc..usually when I put my phone in my pocket I don’t hear it ringing..

  33. Jasper says:

    You are too funny, Thank You for staring my Monday with a smile.

  34. Rebecca says:

    Love this! I have my pedometer on my iPhone for my morning run. The friggin bands are so distracting, always slipping or digging in my arm! Definitely giving this a try tomorrow. Thanks!

  35. Meg says:

    This changes everything!! Thanks!

  36. Emily says:

    So… you now have an iPhone armband for sale… right? LOL

  37. JebberA says:

    S#*t woman, you’re genius knows no bounds! I’m off to my lonely sock drawer to recruit a candidate.

  38. Donna Huebsch says:

    What a great a idea! And I have to tell you, I am, as always, fascinated by your great photos. So I have to ask – how do you do them? I’m assuming that’s you modeling the armbands, so do you set your camera up on a tripod? Coerce the fella into snapping a few shots? Grab an innocent bystander and thrust a camera into their hands?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Donna – When you work alone you figure stuff out. :) For the first shots I used a light box and then did some photoshopping. For the second shot, I used a tripod and remote. ~ karen!

  39. Sally says:

    Love it! Genius.

  40. Diana says:

    Just wondering what socks do have, that you allways have great ideas whit them…
    Remember your dust-sock…lol

    Nice idea, i`d use it when I`m cleaning the house… Running??? naaaa

  41. Kim says:

    Genius as usual. I’ll try that this winter. I’m on the treadmill with handy little “cup” for the DROID. Go Pandora Pitbull Radio!

  42. Linda J Howes says:

    You should post this on! Way to reduce, reuse and recycle!

  43. Candice says:

    I’m so doing this…I spent so much $$ on a new iPhone and case that I just couldn’t bring myself to spend yet more $$ on an arm band for when I walk my dogs – so I’ve been using this awful little purse thingy. You so saved me, thanks!

  44. Sara S says:

    You have your very own spot on my pin board! You are such an amazing woman!

  45. Elaine says:

    Great idea.

  46. Al says:

    How secure are they though? Won’t it just fall out when you’re running? Do you need quite a tight sock? Why am I asking all this when I should just try it and find out? lol

    • Karen says:

      Al – No the sock does not fall off. Not my arm anyway. You may have to experiment with socks. Neither the sock nor the iPhone budges while running. It’s GREAT! ~ karen

  47. Susan Preston says:

    I hope you washed that sock first…..just saying!

  48. Rachel says:

    you are clever! as always!

  49. Chris says:

    Holy Mother of Invention lol!!

  50. Jess says:

    Genius! And here I was thinking I was going to have to get an armband for my iPhone from amazon! You saved me money and postage.
    Thank you!

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