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« on: August 05, 2007 04:22:28 PM »

 i posted this in miscellaneous, and said i would make a tute if anyone wanted one, because every time i see it referred to on crafster,  no one will post one, and people were saying they were buying instructions on ebay.... so i got asked for a tute, and then realized this category existed, so it's moving here now!

 i just made this wipes container, my first, 2 days ago. i took crappy pics with my camera phone in-between steps, hopefully when it's done it'll be clear as mud!

here's the finished product-

padded top-


un-padded bottom-


front view-

 
and hopefully my instructions make sense. it's not too hard to make, i promise!

you will need-
 travel wipes container. the one pictured is a huggies container.
 pencil and paper to trace a pattern from your container.
 batting, something to pad the top. (i used cotton balls, cause they  
 were all i had, and i was desperate to do something crafty...)
 glue gun and glue.
 fabric to cover top and bottom, and 52 inches of 1/2 inch wide
 braided trim, for a huggies case like mine. but measure yours!
 narrower trim may work, but for your first try i'd use the 1/2 inch!
 (you could use ribbon or something else, but something really  
 flat will look lumpy, i imagine.)

 also, you could rough up the container where the glue will go with sandpaper if you wanted to, so it'll stick better. i didn't think of it beforehand...

Step 1) make pattern. I traced around my wipes container and just  
           eyeballed how far up it seemed the fabric would need to go
           past the edge, about 1/4 inch wider around the whole case.
           the thing about 1/2 inch braided trim is that it covers alot,
           you really have alot of leeway when you're gluing your fabric
           down. just try to err on the side of being to short, not
           too long where you overhang the middle. trim can't cover
           that!

sorry for the glare, but here's the pattern, same for top and bottom, i just traced the top. (technically, you are using less fabric on the bottom, but i found it safer to just use the pattern from the stuffed top that's a little large for the bottom, and trim while i worked, rather than guess wrong and have the fabric be too small.)-



Step 2) cut out your fabric and center it on your wipes container. i
           centered mine upside-down as pictured, because then
           gravity didn't mess with my fabric. if it looks like it'll hang
           past the part where the trim will cover it, remember you
           need room to stuff it! i did my trimming when i was done
           with all but 1 of the short sides, and had partly stuffed the
           top.



Step 3) glue down your fabric. make sure the ends aren't too
           shaggy, and just glue the raw edges to the container. on
           the corners, just fold it like a hospital corner on a sheet,
           later it'll be covered by the trim.



Step 4) When the hole on the last side gets small enough, stuff the
           inside. before the picture i had a bigger hole, and tried to
           stuff it with a pencil. i had to open the hole more and use
           my finger to get in the corners. finding the right amount of
           stuffing was the trickiest part, at first one side was puffier,
           but i hadn't added enough batting. once it was full enough,
           it flattened out. and i used cotton balls. i don't recommend
           that (although it worked) but the baby magazines said i'd
           need them, and i don't! (and i had no batting on hand)



Step 5) Add the trim. i did this by adding glue to the trim, 1 and 1/2
           to 2 inches at a time, not the fabric. i felt better about the
           coverage that way, and could place it where i wanted it.
           may just be personal preference, but it worked well! when
           you add the trim you'll see that it's like magic over all the
           uneven scary looking ends!
  
           i started and ended my trim in the back of the case, where
           it's the least seen. it doesn't really look any different than
           the rest though. just cut the ends carefully where they try
           to unravel, and put enough glue under the trim to hold the
           little loose pieces but not come through the trim and show.
           it's easier than it sounds!



Step 6) now do the same thing on the bottom. it's the same, except
           not padded, on mine anyway. you have to trim your fabric a
           little, because it's not padded. i glued one side and then
           trimmed the others when i knew it was lined up and couldn't
           move.

lastly, go around your trim and feel for edges you can pull away from your fabric a little, and add more glue. i know the trim will get ripped off my case otherwise!

tada! you're done! and i'm done with my first tute! yea for us!


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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2007 05:24:28 PM »

it looks great! and thanks so much for posting the tute! i have been wanting to make these for my friends, everyone i know is having a baby. good work and thanks again!!
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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2007 07:58:36 PM »

Thanks for the user-friendly instructions.  I need something for my secret pal at work and one of these will be perfect!
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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2007 05:46:01 PM »

Great tut! Fabulous dia de los muertos fabric too! I have the same in red!
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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2007 08:06:28 PM »

super awesome! thanks so much for doing this tute! i have a couple of friends that are preggo and i cant wait to try em & give them out!
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« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2007 08:40:32 PM »

Great tutorial.  I wish I had found this before I bought one on eBay.  A couple of tips... an Xacto knife is my best friend. Smiley Also, I use craft glue instead of hot glue.  I also pad both the top and bottom.  It still sits well with padding on the bottom. I love making these as I haven't learned how to sew yet.  I love crafting, but this is probably the first ever project I have completed. They usually get put aside and forgotten about.
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« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2007 06:42:45 PM »

Thanks a million! I don't have a baby (yet) but it seems everyone that I know is pregnant or just had a child, so this will come in handy! I had wondered how to make these- you're so sweet for posting this great tute!!
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« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2007 07:57:20 PM »

you're welcome!
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« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2007 05:18:13 PM »


Just finished this for the hubby.. he likes having baby wipes in the bathroom Smiley I left it un-padded to make it a little less feminine. Thnx again for the tute


Aaaand I'm obsessed! 2nd case- this one padded- for the niece.
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« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2007 08:56:08 AM »

awesome! i haven't tried with flannel yet! i have to make 8 today though, maybe i'll try now!
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« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2007 12:03:25 PM »

I love making these things. Perfect shower gifts! I use quilt batting - two layers on top and one layer on bottom. I lay my case on it and cut around it top and bottom. I glue it to the case and then cover with the fabric. It is nice and smooth. I tried stuffing them but never could get it very smooth. You can get like a hundred cases out of one roll and it is so cheap too! Yours is so cute! And I love the ones posted by frix220 also!
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« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2007 05:37:32 PM »

i still haven't made the new ones, i need to start tomorrow, but i'm going to use batting, and i expect it to be MUCH easier! at the time made the tute i didn't have any on hand. heck, i made the first one i ever made with cotton balls, DEFINITELY not fun to try to even out! and prolly disastrous if it got wet!
now i would say it's got to be better, even though i haven't used it yet. but i have plenty on hand now from padded baby carriers and baby quilts, so i'll find for myself soon !
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« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2008 10:01:34 PM »

Great tut!!!  and beautiful job on the finished products!
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« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2008 06:24:12 PM »

I love this one!! i just made my first a few weeks ago... I left the small top opening of the wipe case uncovered though...I think I like the whole thing covered better.

Anyway, I found this awesome glue called "flip flop glue" that works really well because its designed to stick things like fabric and ribbon to plastic flip flop straps. It dried fairly quickly too, so I didnt have to hold the fabric in place for forever.
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« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2008 07:42:28 AM »

How do these hold up over time with day-to-day use?  I want to check to make sure they are really sturdy before giving one as a gift.  Any tips?
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« Reply #15 on: September 22, 2008 05:38:13 PM »

I actually don't know, the first one I made for my daughter was decoupaged with a picture of her and a cut out quote bubble from a magazine ad saying "and then they put my diaper on backwards", and it just cracks me up more the older she gets and the younger the baby in the picture is... I would think someone else who reads this may have a better answer? I should carry one for awhile and test it I guess!
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« Reply #16 on: September 22, 2008 07:57:29 PM »

How do these hold up over time with day-to-day use?  I want to check to make sure they are really sturdy before giving one as a gift.  Any tips?

I think if you do a decent job with the hot glue gun, there shouldn't be a problem. However, one of my friends (who I made a case for) lets her daughter play with & chew on it, and I'm not sure I would recommend that..
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« Reply #17 on: September 23, 2008 07:07:55 PM »

AHAHAHAHA, what won't they chew on? My daughter tries to chew ALL my resin jewelry, and I don't mean with sprinkles or candy in it... just plastic! goofy toddlers...
 Aside from  the glue holding up,  they're made using travel wipes containers that don't live as long as a baby is in diapers, or mine don't last that long. Almost 2 years though. My decoupaged travel container has a broken plastic hinge part that stops me from using it much now. But then again, you could spent the same amount on an item of clothes that fits for 3 months, or a single cloth diaper that may not fit well or is outgrown just as fast, or a toy they chew twice and never play with... Honestly, so much of what you buy a baby isn't truly necessary. But a pretty boutique item that's well cared for should stand up to time pretty well, except for the initial problem, which is that the travel case itself is designed to wear out so you buy another!
 If you can test it in person try pulling on it a bit, the trim etc. I wouldn't feel bad if I "broke" it, it shouldn't come apart. That should be part of the makers quality control before it reaches you. Online I would only buy from someone reputable/ethical enough to offer a refund or exchange within a week of receipt so you can inspect it in person. If it's well glued when you get it, all should be well.
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« Reply #18 on: September 28, 2008 07:20:31 AM »

Awesome, thanks for letting me know. Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: October 01, 2008 11:31:05 AM »

This is awesome! I haven't heard of these before. i'm planning my sister's baby shower and she is all about the cutest wipe boxes but I never thought of doing anything like this!! Great Job and thank you so much for the tut=)
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« Reply #20 on: May 14, 2009 02:26:32 AM »

your tutorial is great i just finished making one for a friend, but i didnt pad the top i just left an opening for the oval bit
 ill post a pic soon  Cheesy

this is how mine turned out!
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« Reply #21 on: July 26, 2009 05:04:37 AM »

That's SO cute, I'm obsessed with elephants! I forget this tute is here, it's fun to see people still using it!!
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« Reply #22 on: September 02, 2009 07:18:49 AM »

Hi, is there a particular type of glue that works better than others?  I tried with Aleene's, which was all I had on hand, and found that while it held the fabric in place well initially, it was difficult to stuff the fabric with batting without the fabric coming loose from the sides.

Also, do you only glue the edges of the fabric along the sides, or do you apply glue to the bottom of the case as well (I won't be padding the bottom)?

thanks for the help!  i'm so excited to be making a few of these for upcoming baby gifts.  Grin
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« Reply #23 on: September 08, 2009 02:10:34 AM »

Thank you so much for this tutorial.  It has inspired me to go and buy a wipie box.  Now I need to find some cutsie fabric to finish it off.  Thank you!
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« Reply #24 on: October 06, 2009 12:41:03 PM »

ok i made two of them!  i still have to work on perfecting the corners but all in all they came out ok.  i used a velvet ribbon instead of cording, which i liked better and i figured that the thicker velvet ribbon would still hide any uneven fabric.  the first was my practice one- i didn't use enough padding and it's a bit sloppy looking.  i made it for myself to match my beautiful Amy Butler diaper clutch made by a fantastic Etsy seller (http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5558497).  the second one i made for a baby shower gift and i also made a matching diaper clutch, which was very challenging for this beginner sewer but it came out alright- not as well as i'd hoped though.

what isn't pictured is my idea for inside the case.  since you lose the pop-up feature on the huggies travel case when you cover the entire top, what i did was i cut down a ziploc bag to size and resealed it using a foodsaver machine.  i used adhesive spray to adhere it to the inside bottom and i cut a little slit in the bag so you could pull the wipes through.  makes it much easier to do the one-handed diaper changes we so often do in public restrooms!  

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« Reply #25 on: November 15, 2009 12:23:57 PM »

I am trying to find a tutorial for making the larger size ones (not travel size). Does anyone know where I can find this? Mine never come out looking right!
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Neat-o! I would have NEVER thought of that!
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