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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

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

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

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!

« Last Edit: July 13, 2010 05:53:24 AM by SevsOnlyGirl - Reason: fixed coding issue » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« 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!

trying my best to figure it all out...

« 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 »

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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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