I planned to make all our gifts this year – along with the not eating out in ‘11 – to once again save some money. And today I needed some craft time as a sort of therapy. When life is going as fast as it has been going, I really need to slow down and create. It is weird but it really works for me, once I create it seems I am a bit better.
As for gifts, I keep trying to find the unique gift to give and not just another snap purse, or tea holder, or mug rug (that is the gift this year though). So, I decided to make something for a gift my mother-in-law is hoping to get. I am pretty sure my father in law will get her the ipad she has been wanting, so I decided to make an ipad cover.
I have never made something before, for something I have never seen, touched, or had – to make sure it would fit/work. But I trusted the tutorial I decided on and went with it.
So the tutorial I followed is HERE – but I will say that she only gave measurements for the initial fabric cuts – and since I did not have an ipad to use, I would have loved more measurements. But here is my version if you were interested. I did make it in about 2 hours while the kids played in and around and out and about. Robert slept, and I allowed my creative juices to flow and self-medicate (sort of).
Here are my fabrics – I cut the 2 floral ones 25 inches x 10 3/4 inches
Also I used iron adhesive batting 25 & 10 3/4 in between the top and inside.
the orange one (my pocket ) 25 x 8 inches.
Then I printed out the B I liked really big, traced it on the back of the paper (you can reverse it before you print, I forgot) – then I used wonder under and traced it backwards on there. Then I cut that out, ironed that on to my floral fabric and cut it out. Then I used more wonder under and put the floral B on the brown to help it POP a bit. Then, I cut that out. Okay – so now you have a B you can iron onto the pocket.
Then, as per the tutorial, I folded the pocket, ironed it and put the B on, I then appliqued it with a zigzag stitch really small & tight.
Then I used a fancy stitch across the top of the pocket (for fun).
Next, I added my velcro – here is where I had measurements of where to put it – and I did not take pics, but it is there like in the tutorial. I used adhesive ones and then sewed them on. It ended up a bit messy with my needle – need to get better velcro next time.
Next, I put the top and batting, and back together (wrong sides together) and I quilted it sort of with no pattern, just a wandering type of stitch. I wanted it to be quilty-looking.
Then I pinned everything with the binding tape (I made from the brown I used with the B) I cut it 1 3/4 inch wide and long enough to go around.
I pinned it all together and then finished it off. Then I folded it over to create the place for the ipad – and sewed it along the top and bottom.
(you can kind of see one of my velcro dots in the corner – there are 3 in the middle and at the top in a row. Then they are on the brown too – on the left – 3 of them – and it closes like a flap and velcros closed.)
Finished product :
I like it – I hope Betsy likes it. I hope she gets her ipad, or I am in trouble!!
And the therapy worked, much better frame of mind this afternoon!