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Easy Felt I-pod Case

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Hello Skip To My Lou friends! I’m Amy from Diary of a Quilter where I love to share my sewing adventures as well as tutorials for learning to quilt and making simple gifts.

For today’s Holiday Sew-along this project is a simple, felt I-pod or MP3 player case that could also be used for cell phones, business cards or as a basic wallet.  I wanted to come up with a very simple project that could be made by a sewer at any skill level. I have a couple of tween-age daughters and designed it specifically as something they could make by themselves, for their friends.

Any felt could be used for this project, but I’m a particular fan of ‘wool-felt’. It’s an upgrade from regular craft-store felt (and a little pricier) but the quality is better and the feel is so soft.  You don’t need much per case – you will need a rectangle 6.75″ x 5.5″ and (2) pieces measuring 3″ x 5.5″ as well as a button and about a 4″ piece of elastic cording.

These measurements will fit a standard Ipod, but you can customize the measurements for your own project.  Just make all three pieces the same height and the two inside pieces less than half the width of your outside piece.

Pink the edges of the felt. (Not absolutely necessary, but it does look cute.) I bought a pinking blade for my rotary cutter.  Using a ruler and cutting mat helps to measure the pieces and keep them square.

Add the elastic cording. (I sometimes use the elastic that holds a pair of shoes together at places like Target.) Find the center point on the 5.5″ left side. Fold the 4″ piece of elastic cording in half and place it at center point with loop-side facing out.  I gently tape it in place about 1/2″ away from the edge. (The tape needs to be farther away than the seam allowance you plan to use to that you don’t sew over the tape.)

Pin 3″ x 5.5″ felt piece over the elastic, lining up sides and sew to backing piece of felt. Use a 1/4″ seam allowance all the way around and back-stitch at the beginning and end of sewing.  I also sew back and forth over the elastic a couple of times to secure it in place. Remove inside tape.
To place button:  fold backing in half and fold the elastic up over the ‘top’ side of the case.  Mark a dot right under where the elastic reaches. Unfold and sew the button on the mark.  You could also embellish the ‘front’ with any other stitching, additional felt, etc.
Sew remaining side of felt pouch, pinning 3″ x 5.5″ piece in place, and sewing with a 1/4″ seam allowance, same as the first side.
And that’s it! Those are the basics for for creating a simple pouch, but there are lots of ways you could personalize it making different sizes or with additional stitching, embellishments.
It’s been so fun to participate in the Holiday Sew-along! If you are looking for other simple Christmas ideas you may want to try:
A felt Snowflake Pillow or Felt Circles throw-pillow. Both are quick and easy for beginners.
Thanks for having me Cindy!

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