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. Frédérique says:

    Clever project, I love it! I featured it in my “C=Chaussettes” post ;)
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  2. Jagoda says:

    I have a very (very very) skinny arm. The sock fitting was not a problem because I have very very skinny legs too so it fits 😎 No, the problem is… my phone is wider than my arm (it’s not really that wide, my arm is just a stickman arm) and it keeps hitting me when I run because it swings. But that’s not your fault of course. The life hack is really awesome. I will try it on my thigh tomorrow, it’s the only place on my body except for torso, that is actually wider than my phone. I’m a stickwoman 😁

  3. Michelle says:

    DIY savant

  4. Luke says:

    Karen, you’re a gem.

  5. Beth says:

    ❤️it. Definitely will give this a go. Also thinking to make a matching wrist band to wife off sweat while walk/jog. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Tara says:

    Genius! Thank you and God Bless!

  7. Terese says:

    Brilliant! I was looking for something I could sew easily myself, but this super easy and quick no-sew project is a no-brainer. Definitely will be doing this. Thank you!!

    • Karen says:

      It’s SO great Terese. I’ve been using the same black band for years now and it’s still great. I might cut up another one soon. I’m sure the one I’m using now is probably stretched out a bit. And sweaty, lol. (I do wash it!) ~ karen!

  8. Kate says:

    Okay, love the idea, but how in the world do you get your phone into it??? I made one, but neither my fiance nor I could one-handedly get the sock up around the phone without the phone falling the ground. We felt like idiots! :)

  9. Courtney says:

    I think this is awesome, but what about us really sweaty people…i will soak that sock in about 20 minutes and ruin my phone. How about putting your phone in a zip lock first, poke a whole if needed for headphones then slip into sock…cool?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Courtney – Well … that’s an option for a very, very sweaty person, lol. I’m sure you’d be fine without the plastic bag, but if you wanna give it a shot, why not. ~ karen!

    • Jagoda says:

      I know that I’m veeeery late but.. try cutting up some workout leggins or socks? The ones that absorb sweat and don’t just soak it in?

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  12. Pam says:

    This is the greatest thing I have EVER made in 2 minutes (including finding the sock)!! I have an arm band and HATE IT SO BAD. This is the best invention ever. Thank you!!

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