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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.)
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