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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Kindle case and iPod case from same pattern on: March 08, 2011 07:19:57 PM
I downloaded this awesome pattern from etsy seller BirdifulStitches and made a kindle case for my co-worker and an iPod case for myself.  The pattern has a pocket for the reader and an extra pocket for cords or earphones. My sister has a Sony ereader, so I'm planning on making her one too. 

I bought a "jelly-roll" of fabric from Walmart, and pieced it all together.  The original pattern has a loop and button closure, but I decided to use a magnetic closure instead.  I felt the kindle case needed something else (since I didn't put the button), so I found a tutorial and made a flower for the front (I made it into a pin so that it can be removed if she doesn't like it).  I put the flower through the washer and dryer so that it would fray and be fluffier. I also added a long strap to the case, which is not in the pattern.

For the iPod case, I added the wrist strap.  I'm very happy with the way they both turned out, and I hope my co-worker likes it, I'll find out tomorrow.

Thanks for looking!

Etsy pattern: http://www.etsy.com/listing/55622726/padded-e-reader-sleeve-pdf-sewing?ref=pr_shop

Kindle case front:

Full view with strap:

Front open:


iPod case front:

iPod case open:

iPod case back:

iPod case with iPod in it:

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Phone case final plus link to tutorial (at end of first post) on: November 20, 2010 06:35:13 PM
Link to Tutorial: http://www.4shared.com/office/iYMlTReR/Blackberry_phone_case_Tutorial.html
New photos and notes added below:

We picked names for Christmas at work, and I have decided to make my recipient a case for her blackberry (case is designed for a Blackberry Tour, but will likely fit an iPhone as well).  I decided to first make a prototype to make sure I knew what I was doing.  Glad I did too, because I made a few errors that I need to fix.  First, I made it too short (the flap doesn't come over far enough, makes it hard to snap it closed - either that or I need to move the snap), second, I made it too narrow (it fits my phone, but won't fit her's).  I also have thought about using fabric at the sides instead of the webbing that I used.  So anyway, here is the prototype, it also has a interior pocket to hold a debit/credit card or notes.  I'll post photos of the final case when I finish it.  Thanks for looking!




Open empty:

Open and full (with my phone):

Added:  Ok I finished the other case, and did add fabric instead of webbing to the sides.  I like the new one, but honestly I think I like my first one better, lol.  In my first one, I used craft foam in between the fabric layers, to give the phone some added protection, but in this new one, I used that neoprene stuff, which is thicker, but makes the case bulkier (and harder to bend).  Fabric was bought at Walmart by the way, it's my only source other than online, unfortunately, and now that Walmart has very little sewing supplies, it's not a very good source.  I've also now officially run out of craft weight interfacing, and I'm not sure what I'll do!!! Guess I better find some online or go on a shopping trip.  

2nd attempt front:

2nd attempt back:

2nd attempt interior:

Ok, I made the final phone case.  Used velcro instead of snaps and created a tutorial for it, which can be found here in PDF format:

Finished case:

Case Open:


Please post your photos if you make this case, I would love to see them!

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Journal Cover slightly altered from tutorial on: April 25, 2010 05:27:13 PM
My daughter's dance class is over next week and I wanted to make a little gift for her instructors.  I found a tutorial for a journal cover here: http://sew4home.com/projects/fabric-art-a-accents/553-french-desk-set-journal-cover and after a slight alteration, made two of them. The alteration was that I made the seams go to the interior instead of folding it and sewing it around the outside with a top stitch. I used fabric that I had on hand in my stash and zipper pulls that I salvaged from old purses. Thanks for looking.

The two journals from the front, closed.

One of the journals open with pocket on the left, pen holder on the right:
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Mother's Day Car Trash Bag and Tea Wallet on: May 11, 2009 10:03:47 AM
What a combination for a Mother's day gift.  But my Mom is in her 80's and there isn't too much she doesn't have already, so I made her a trash can for her car, and a tea wallet.  The trash can idea comes from here http://allysonhill.typepad.com/allyson_hill/2006/07/car_litter_bags.html.  The tea wallet I made using the tutorial here: http://blog.christyscreations.com/?p=482

I made two bags for the trash can, an exterior one and an interior one.  The interior one is interfaced with stiff interfacing and has the top of a large margarine tub (not the lid) in the top to keep it stiff and keep it open (I pinched the sides so that it does not open too much).  I used an old pair of jeans, and a bed sheet my Mom gave me (ironic I know) to make it.  I embroidered the roses on the pocket too.

Thanks for looking.

Trash bag:

Tea wallet:

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Nintend DS Cases/Purses (lots of pictures!) Now with tutorial on page 3! on: May 11, 2009 09:45:00 AM
I decided to make a case for a friend of my daughter's for her birthday.  We also decided to get my daughter a Nintendo DS for her birthday, so I made two cases. I figured out the pattern myself, but I can't say I designed it since I've seen similar cases.  I'm quite happy with the results except there really isn't a good spot for the power cord, it's quite bulky (the cord that is) and I didn't want to make the purse any bigger, so I just made a cord wrap in a coordinating fabric, but it won't actually fit in the case nicely, although it could be jammed in the back pocket.  I used fun foam (compressed foam) for padding to keep it safe.  I also used the fabric, some tiger tail cord and some crimping beads to make a wrist strap.  It has a pocket for the DS, a pocket for the extra stylus, and 12 game pockets.  There is an extra pocket behind the games and one on the outside of the purse.  The straps are long so that the purse will hang at the hip.

Thanks for looking

Blue one for friend (I also made her a wallet and a buttercup purse), pink one for my daughter

Interior of the pink case (yeah I got her 4 games already - they were on sale at Walmart)

Interior again, with DS sticking out (my sil has a vinyl cutting machine, so I got her to cut me some decals to put on the DS to distinguish it from her friend's (since they are both pink))

Close up of game pockets:

Back of pink one, there is a pocket there.

Pink Cord wrap:

Blue case front:

Blue wrist strap and cord wrap:

Interior of blue case:

Tutorial: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=304534.msg3517609#msg3517609
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Custom Guitar pick necklace for my son made with shrinky dink. on: April 19, 2009 07:22:47 AM
My 9 year old son has just recently begun guitar lessons. He and a few of his friends have already formed a band (lol) and have named themselves "Scarz" (this is already the third name they've choosen).  My son is also quite artistic so he drew up a logo for the band which I scanned into the computer.  I then used printable shrinky dink to print and bake a pick shaped pendant.  I then added a jump ring, strung it on some gimp (I think that is what it is called) and strung some beads to complete it.  I'm quite happy with the results and so is he.

Thanks for looking


Original Image:
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Mom's Birthday Gift (pic heavy) on: April 14, 2009 07:39:05 PM
My Mom's 84th birthday is Saturday.  She is the one who taught me to sew and I've never sewn anything for her.  So, I figured it was high time I made her something.  So I made her a tote bag from the tutorial here: http://www.jcarolinecreative.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=JC&Screen=TOTEBAG (I made the flower myself), a wallet from this tutorial: http://elily00.wordpress.com/tutorials/wallet/ (this one has been made a lot her on craftster), two kleenex cozies from this tutorial: http://stardustshoes.blogspot.com/2006/03/tissue-holder-tutorial.html one for the tote bag and one to attach to the visor in her car (I used an old bra strap and got the idea from here: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23454827&ref=em - I've also used her idea for the car garbage can to make myself one), and a notebook holder from an embroidery file that I bought here: http://moosebstitchin.net/memo_covers_4.htm.  I'm still going to make a cosmetic case from this tutorial, but I just haven't got it done yet: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=176509.0  I hope she likes them.

Closeup of the flower on the tote bag:

Tote bag (there's a pocket where the flower is):

Interior of tote bag:

Wallet closed:

Wallet open and full (put my stuff in for the photo):

Wallet back, I added a back pocket that was optional in the tutorial, thought it would be good for receipts:

Notepad holder closed:

Notepad holder open:

Kleenex cozy (I won't show the purse one since it's the same, just no straps):

Thanks for looking!

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pick case for my son on: April 11, 2009 06:43:13 PM
My 9 year old son recently took up guitar and is constantly losing the picks.  So I whipped up a case for him last night.  I just used cotton with heavy interfacing, elastic and a snap.  I used the picks to figure out where to sew.  He originally had 10 picks so I made the case to accommodate them all, but so far I have only found 5  Cheesy.   The photo makes it look like it's thinner in the center, but it is not.  Thanks for looking.



9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / "Aunt Flo" Case on: March 25, 2009 08:31:33 PM
I saw a case similar to this somewhere in my internet surfing yesterday, but I can't remember where.  So I decided to make my own version.  This is my first attempt at trying to make something just from a photo and I'm very pleased with the results.  This is a nice discreet way to keep those needed supplies in your purse without making it obvious what it is.  Aunt Flo of course is the silly name that I and many others give "that time of month".  (You know, Aunt Flo is visiting from Red River).  Anyway, I have to give credit to heartofmary for the button closure thingy.  She has a similar closer for her fabric journal cover that I copied for this case, thanks heartofmary (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=269402.0).  My "button" is actually a butterfly bead I bought at Walmart for another project (actually for a journal cover previously mentioned).  I can't provide a tutorial for this since the lady I got the idea from is selling these at her website.  I'll try to find the website so that I can post a link in case anyone is interested in purchasing one from her. 

I've actually made this case for my niece who is getting married in October.  I'm starting to make her one of those "Bride Survival Kits".  I'm hoping (as I'm sure she is as well) that she won't need it on that day, but just in case she or one of her attendants does, it will be there.  Any tips on what I should include in the kit are welcome, by the way.  I've started a list, but I'm sure there are things I've forgotten or haven't thought of.

Thanks for looking!



Starting to Open to see the closure in all it's glory:

Almost completely open:

Totally open, there they are!

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Dance Bag for DD (lots of pictures!) on: February 16, 2009 09:09:41 PM
I needed an excuse to sew up a new bag, because I was "in the mood"  Wink so I made a bag for my daughter to use for dance class.  She doesn't need much when she goes, just her shoes and a bottle of water, so I "designed" it for those two items.   I picked up the fabric from Walmart in the city over the weekend and I used a combination of tutorials on this site to get the final results, and I thank them all for their wonderful, clear instructions.  I used the following tutorials:

This tutorial for a coach bag: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=263673.0, this tutorial for the gusset/zipper part: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=85354.0 and this tutorial for the "bottle pocket", but I put mine inside the bag rather than outside: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=191374.0

Thanks for looking

Front of bag (sorry about the shadows):

Back of bag (put my label on backwards, oops)


Inside with water and ballet slippers:

Close up of bottle pocket:

Bottle pocket empty:
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