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« on: November 04, 2010 11:07:54 AM »

For my sister's birthday (*our* birthday actually, since we're twins) I got her a Nintendo DS lite since she's always traveling to come home over the holidays, for my wedding, etc. I've seen really cute cases on Etsy and wanted to make her one to protect the DS from scratches and hold her stylus and extra games while traveling home this Christmas.

The gray fabric is pillaged from a skirt my mom never finished making for me (this runs in the family unfortunately), the lining is flannel-y on the inside, smooth on the outside and is leftover from a dress I started making in junior high that I never finished (see?), and the floss is all actually leftover from the friendship bracelet-making craze in junior high. So this is actually a repurposed/recycled project now that I think of it. ^_^

I knew that I would use the gray fabric for the outside, so when I realized I had the white and pink flower fabric I figured cherry blossoms would be super cute. I used chain stitch for the branches (2 threads I think) in light gray and French knots for the cherry blossoms (also 2 threads) in 2 shades of pink. French knots have been a struggle for me to learn (I'll post my 1st embroidery project at some point and you'll see what I mean ^_^) so I'm proud of myself for making them somewhat consistently now. This is my 3rd embroidery project and it turned out fairly well.

The uh, construction of the case itself was some trial and error as I didn't make it deep enough at first and had to cobble on some side panels. All the flaws I attribute to the fact that I was up late getting this done before mailing it. I'll call it shabby-chic sewing.  Grin And I tried to iron this sucker flat, but the seams resisted. Oh well.

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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2010 11:39:46 AM »

The stitching of the cherry blossoms is so pretty! I just got a ds and I've been thinking of making a cool case for it! Thanks for the inspiration!

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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2010 11:43:25 AM »

This is gorgeous and I think you did a great job on the construction (and I'm a sewist too  Wink) if you make another one you could always topstitch the seams, this would make them lay flatter and would add another decorative flourish, you could do a running stitch or just top stitch on the sewing machine stitch length 3.0 or larger.

I cannot get my head round French knots so I bow down to your superior embroidery skills  Grin

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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2010 11:52:20 AM »

So cool! I love how you can see the edge of the lining from the outside.

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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2010 05:36:59 PM »

super cute! i love the detailed embroidery, and the stylus holder inside.

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« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2010 08:26:44 AM »

That is so pretty! Nice job.

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« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2010 10:57:17 AM »

Super cute! Really love the french knots: they make great sakura blossoms!
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2010 01:09:33 PM »

Thanks everyone!

@hgddm: totally unintended, but I like it too--it kinda makes me think of a burrito, actually, or like pinwheel sandwiches.

@mink_bikini: I bet top stitch would work really well. I didn't think of that. Tongue I do everything by hand though so there's always a fair margin for error on visible stiches when I sew things which makes me nervous to display my "straight" lines for the world to see. I should probably just get over it. Smiley

@striker923: I should have mentioned before that my using French knots for cherry blossoms was totally inspired by this gorgeous project by Fair Rosamund: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=341330.0.
Thanks for reminding me! Smiley
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2010 10:01:18 AM »

How awesome! I love the design and the grey/pink combination, very pretty!

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