not only my first craftster post but also i'm pretty sure the first project i've completed since discovering craftster; it is so easy to just sit and look at everyone else's stuff...http://photos4.flickr.com/6871700_79a72f8854_m.jpghttp://photos4.flickr.com/6871701_adfade55c8_m.jpg
me: "robots and bugs! what could be better!?"
the hubs: "um. robot bugs?"
he must be right. i have named it the robot bug ipod cozy.
i just flip it around when not in use to protect the window from scratches.
the two pieces of fabric are quilted with a layer of felt in between. i guess if i knew more about quilting i would have used the stuff you're supposed to use, but the felt seems to work pretty well.
this was my first time using my sewing machine and i have to say it was really hard. it took me forever.
if you are going to make one like this, definitely use thicker blanket-trimmy stuff (don't know proper word). the layers are pretty thick. do a zigzag stitch on all exposed areas before adding the trimmy stuff. i didn't do this, but i think it would have been easier if i had. also, be sure to make a little pattern out of paper so you know how big to cut your stuff. this may seem obvious but i was pretty psyched when i thought of it.
i was going to add little straps to the top and bottom that would snap to hold the thing in but still allow the headphones or charger to plug in and leave access to hold switch. but it is really snug and also so small that i didn't want to busy it up. yes?
Here is the little pattern i made/used. It should be 5 and 7/8 inches wide and 4 and 1/8 inches tall. The rectangular window is 2/8 inch down from the top and 6/8 inch from the side.. it is 1 and 5/8 inches wide and 1 and 3/8 inches high. the circle is 4/8 inch above the bottom and 6/8 inch from the side. it is 1 and 5/8 inches in diameter. hope that helps, LorieElizie! **please note this is the exact size of the ipod all the way around so leave a little bit extra on the sides to sew the cozy together!!! This is for a regular, newer (skinnier) style ipod, not an ipod mini.http://photos5.flickr.com/6974918_c47616b02a_m.jpg
not sure this counts as a tute because I didn't really do anything tricky. I'm sure if I were better at this stuff I could give you better tips. here is what i did:
1. cut out rectangles (bigger than the pattern) in your two fabrics and your felt (or batting, whatever you use inside).
2. put them all together and quilt them by sewing in squares or diamonds or hearts or however you want.
3. cut the rectangle down to size according to the little pattern, !!!making sure to leave and extra 2/8th inch or so on each side so you can sew it together at the end!
4. zigzag stitch around the whole thing to prevent fraying and make everything generally easier.
5. cut out the window and scroll dial parts of the pattern, maintaining general shape of pattern (or print it out twice), and attach them where they go on your fabric (you can cut them out, then lay the whole rectangle back on your fabric and put the two pieces in the holes - does this make sense?) I used double sided tape to attach them. this works, just make sure to get the tape all over the back because when you cut the holes out you will probably have to do it in pieces.
6. folding your piece to get the hole started (you know how to do this), cut out the viewing area and the scroll dial area. don't cut through the strips of fabric that now form the top and bottom of the front piece!
7. zigzag stitch around your new holes.
8. now all you have to do is add the blanket trim (or whatever it's called)! i recommend hand-sewing it first rather than pinning it. I wish I had done this. i had trouble with the pins b/c the space is so small and also i had some places where i sewed the thing but it didn't actually get attached to the fabric. so take your time with this step.
9. inside-out, zigzag stitch up the side. i did this twice and i also did a straight stitch a couple of times right along the seam. since the cozy is tight this seam will get some stress so don't be stingy!
10. turn it right-side in and behold the glory of your creation!
if anyone has better ideas for making a less-ugly, less-exposed seam in the end, please let me know!
this went on forever. good luck, craftygirl! please post if you manage to make one.