Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Creating with fabric scraps

Today I'll share with you another technique that  I used to create the fabric  for
this cell phone case.

The first step is obviously to put together pieces of fabric that combine well with
each other. One way I found to organize my small pieces of fabric, is put all this
scraps of fabric in bottles according to color shades.

Here are my scraps of fabric that I will use, now we can begin...

What we will do is sew these pieces, right sides together, no matter at first the
different widths of fabric. To begin let's cut the edges so they are straight

put the fabrics right sides together, match the edges and sew using 1/4" allowance
from the edge

The amount of fabric I'm going to join depends on the size of the pattern, for a
cell phone case I do not need much.
I sewed a few pieces, right side together,  without consider whether the width of
the fabrics matches or not, because I will fix it in the next stage.

Here are my strips fabric, once completed this stage, I'm going to cut them so that
all edges are straight

Now we have to start sewing all these bands of fabric together, to do that, we will
place right sides together, matching the edges and sew using 1/4" allowance from the
edge, if the band is narrow we can sew  1/8" from the edge.

Flip this piece over to conceal the seam and expose the right side and press.

Cut the ends

 the pieces are ready and we can start to decorate the fabric

Before I started to sew with my decorative stitches  I made a sandwich with a
layer of stabilizer first, then a layer of batting and finally I center the piece of fabric on top and then I started doing the embellishment .We are going to decorate the fabric, using the  decorative stitches of  our sewing machines...

Here I'll show some close-up pictures that I took. If you look at the photos, you will see that I also
used the straight stitch to draw triangles, lines, you can actually create what you
want. If you feel comfortable using the free motion, this is the time to do it, in
my case the free motion is something I have to practice. Choose a thread color to
highlight, because this is what will give a nice touch of personality to your

When I finished the embellishment I cut my pieces according to the measure of my
patterns and then I started to sew my iPod case.
I used the same patterns that I shared with you in the previous tutorial, the only
difference was, that when I was drawing the pattern to the back side I've put together the
patterns A and C to create a single pattern. Here is the link to these patterns.
Only remove 1/4 "of each pattern , join them and draw it again.

(you can click on the image to enlarge)

Now you are ready to sew another case, the steps are the same as in the previous
tutorial, here is the direct link to the tutorial. I hope that you liked this new
technique to create a piece of fabric . If you sew a case, I would like to
encourage you to share it with me, if you have a blog, you can leave your link and
I would love to visit you.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, I always appreciate your comments and new

Enjoy and have a nice day!!1

Thursday, April 12, 2012

How to sew a cell phone case.

After my previous publication, many of you let me know that  wanted  a tutorial on
how to make an iPod case, I was happy to receive many personal messages with this
request and that is why I am here with you today to share my first tutorial about
I have to admit that I started this tutorial several times, always trying to be
clear, I discovered that it is not easy to put into words the actions we take
almost automatically, but I will try to do it the best way that I can.
This time I decided to make a case for my phone and since I had a pair of jeans I
wanted to recycle , I did it and  the result is in the picture. In this tutorial I
will show you the steps that I did to sew this cell case.

1) The first thing to do is take the measures and draft a pattern.

We have to create tree patterns, one for the front,one for the back and one for the
In order to create the patterns we must take the following measures of our device
-thickness of our device ( cell, ipod or iphone or.....)

If you want a page with the measures to create the case, click here

Let's start by creating the pattern of the back side (pattern A). Let's draw a
rectangle, to determine the width of the rectangle, we just add the following
measures witdth + thickness + 1''.
To determine the height of the pattern, measure the height and
add 1''.

To create the pattern of the front (pattern B), we will draw another rectangle
where the width will be the same as in the back pattern (width + thickness + 1'') and the
height will be the high + 1/2''.

Now we still have to draw the last pattern, the flap ( pattern C). Let's draw
another rectangle the width will be the same as used for the back, the high will be
3''. If you look at my picture you will see that in the corners of my rectangle  I measuring a 1/2''
in and I traced lines to draw the sides of the flap.

2)  Now that we have the patterns ready, let's cut the pieces.

from the pattern A( back) :
 -one outside fabric
-one piece of pellon or timtex (something stiffener)
- one piece of lining fabric

from the pattern B ( front)
-one outside fabric
-one piece of pellon or timtex (something stiffener)
- one piece of lining fabric

from de pattern C  ( flap)
-one outside fabric
-one piece of pellon or timtex (something stiffener)
- one piece of lining fabric

 We also need a piece of velcro for the closure of the case, a snap hook and a strip
of cloth to hold the hook.

3)Preparing the outside fabrics

I started here, I wanted to recycle an old pair of jeans that I had  ,in this photo you see my three pieces of fabric to make the outside of my case.
I wanted to recycle this part of the jean, I do not know the name but is at the waist
where the belt is passed. I thought it would be perfect to put my case with a belt.

Here are my three pieces of fabric ready to start sewing my case.
The case will close with velcro, but I wanted to decorate my flap with a button and
a buttonhole, to give an accent to the flap.

4) Create the strap for the snap hook .

Looking at the photos I took, I think you will understand how to prepare the strap
to hold the hook. The pictures belong to another case I've done, but the steps are
the same.
I cut a strip of fabric: 1.5'' x2.5'' and a band of Pellon 1.5'.
The width of my snap hook is 3/4''.
Put a strip of Pellon, in the center of the band of fabric. Fold one side of the
fabric towards the middle, double the other side of the fabric to 1/8'' and then
folded towards the center of the band and sew both sides of the strap. Slide the
clasp onto the strap, fold in half and stitch close to clasp as possible.

5) Sew the velcro in place

 We are going to sew  the velcro in the lining of the pattern C (flap) 1 "from the
and on the outside fabric pattern B (front) also 1" from the edge
6) We began to put all the pieces together  ( sewing)

Pin the flap( outside fabric) and the back ( outside fabric) right sides together,
aligning the row edges and sew together

Now with the right side facing you , we going  to place the strap with the hook, you
have to decide now how long you want your strap, place the front fabric right side
down (do not forget to check the strap with the hook is well centered ), and sew
all around the edges leaving the top open

clip the corners

align the side seam with the seam of the base and sew

turn right side out

We ended up with the outside of the case, we will continue with the inside
7) Make the lining

-Pin the flap( lining) and the back (lining) right sides together, aligning the row
edges and sew together
- place the back right side facing you and place the front piece right sides
together, aligning the row edges and sew together, leaving 2" of the bottom open.

8) Attach the lining to the exterior fabric

With right sides together, place the exterior fabric inside the lining

Now we have to sew along the top and the flap.
There are places where I could not sew with the machine then I finished sewing by

Turn right side out by pulling the exterior fabric through the opening

Now we sew the opening with the machine and push the lining inside of the the case.

Now is the time to enjoy our new case

Do you remember the crazy quilt ipod case I did in the previous tutorial? This iPod
case was made with these patterns, what I did was create the pieces of fabric with
the technique of crazy quilt and then, the sewing was done following the steps I just showed
you. If this is your first time coming to my blog, the tutorial to create the crazy
quilt is here.

 I used this patterns

to create this crazy quilt ipod case

I hope you liked this tutorial, I did it gladly. I wait for your  comments and
hopefully you try to sew one for you and maybe more to give to your family or
friends. What I think is good in my tutorial, is that no matter what the size of
your device, you can adapt the pattern and create a case with your measurement.

In my next publication I will show you how I did to create the fabric for this 
cell case, I give you an idea...I  use scraps again.

After the publication of my tutorial, I received several messages asking for a pdf to download the tutorial. Just click here and you will go directly to the page where you can download  it.
 If you have any problem to download it, I would appreciate you let me know. This tutorial is for personal use,you can create the case  for  you or to sell, if you do one of my projects I only ask you to do a link to my blog for the tutorial.

I'm linking this project to Positively  Splendid, Creating my way to SuccessSew Many Ways , The Pin Junkie and to Threading My Way.
I also linking to Hogar-Mujer this is a Spanish blog that I love!

Do not forget comments and followers are welcome, see you in my next tutorial.
Have a nice day and enjoy!!!
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