So I’m enjoying my new crochet hooks but folks, I like to keep my stuff in pretty things and the thing they came in was not pretty. Plasticky, yes. Pink, yes. Pretty, no. It’s a little bit nasty. And Boy 4 has broken it. Sounds like an excuse to make something, doesn’t it? I considered making a thing like a crayon roll but I did make some crayon rolls quite recently and I also don’t want to be reminded when I inevitably lose a couple of hooks and I’m left with empty spaces. I also really wanted to use a scrap of fabric that I had left over from my Tardis Bag but there was not even close to being enough to make a roll stylie thing. There was however enough to make an envelope crochet hook holder for my nice new shiny hooks. I hemmed the short edges then folded it around a crochet hook to make sure it was the right size, then I sewed along the long edges. Although I remembered to put the top edge of the envelope underneath so that it would be on the top when I turned it the right way out, unfortunately the top was too long and I couldn’t get the top over when the hooks were in it! Thankfully this was easy to fix with my trusty friend Mr Unpicker. I cut a bit off the top edge of the envelope so that it just covered the bottom. Now I can get my crochet hooks in and out, yay!
I’m now onto my third kindle. The first one broke after I stepped on it. It turns out that the screens are not so robust. I am a rather chunky human, but I didn’t even nearly put my whole weight on it. Boy 1 has my second kindle as I now have a paperwhite so I can read in the dark, yay!
Unfortunately the paperwhite is a bit bigger than the original kindle so the case I had was too small. Also it seemed best to give the case to boy 1 along with the kindle as it lives in his bed along with his buses.
I realised I needed to make a new a case a couple of weeks ago when we got to church (the Bible on kindle is not nearly so heavy!) and I had to carry my precious book collection across the car park in the rain. Thankfully I had some lovely ripstop fabric left over from my Tardis bag, so I set about making a waterproof cover for it.
How to Make a Quilted Waterproof Kindle Case
Cotton fabric for lining 2 bits 18 cm x 22 cm
Batting 2 bits 18 cm x 22 cm
Extra cotton fabric 2 bits 18 cm x 22 cm. This will go between the batting and the rooftop so it doesn’t matter but it needs to not be visible through the rooftop. I used white cotton.
About 15 cm of bias binding. You could also use elastic or ribbon.
A seam allowance of 1.5 cm is included in the measurements.
1. Cut your fabric. The measurements I have included are for a Kindle paperwhite. If you are making a case for a gadget of a different size, remember to allow a generous seam allowance because the quilting process might result in bits that are slightly smaller.
2. Layer up the pieces for quilting. Put one piece of batting onto a piece of plain cotton and lay a piece of lining fabric on top of the batting to make a batting sandwich. Pin together.
4. Turn it up the other way. This to prevent distorting the fabric and ending up with a thing that looks wonky. Line the edge of the presser foot up with the row of stitches you have just completed. Sew another straight line parallel to the first one. Keep going until your batting sandwich has lots of rows of stitching all about a cm apart. Make a second batting sandwich and repeat.
5. Trim the now quilted batting sandwiches so that they are neat. This is to reduce the chances of getting into a muddle, not because I am a neat freak! Keep checking with your gadget that the bits are big enough and that you are not cutting too much off.
6. Pin together with lining pieces inside. Sew around three of the edges, leaving one of the short sides open. Check that your gadget fits inside, then trim seams closely. That’s the snuggly, quilted lining completed!
7. Using the lining as a guide, pin or tape your exterior pieces with right sides together. If pinning, be sure to only pin in the seam allowance as the holes will show!
8. Sew around three of the edges leaving the short, top edges open. Check that the lining fits inside snugly, then trim seams and turn right side out.
You may have noticed that I did not fold my raw edge under. This is because I got into a muddle. Thankfully ripstop does not fray.
I find myself in a permanent struggle with mess and grot and junk in my house. I am always having a sort out but most of the time it feels like two steps forward and five steps back. You probably know the kind of thing. I deal with the pile of junk in the kitchen counters but another pile of junk starts to grow on the table. I sort out one bedroom only to find that my boys have trashed another bedroom. It is bad. It’s kind of like giant triffids growing and growing, only its not triffids, it’s boy art and man shirts and wires for stuff only nobody knows what and craft gubbins, bits of Lego, old bus tickets that are apparently not rubbish. Awful. So I decided a little while ago to properly attack the kitchen. The shoe rack was bothering me most so I started there. It was so covered in coats and bags there was no room for shoes! The clue’ s in the name, people! So I bought some coat racks off Ebay and thus began my war on the kitchen.
Fast forward a few months and the piles of clutter that had colonised the top of the fridge, the piano, the dresser, the counters (and behind them and down the side of them) have been sorted out. I’ve painted the dresser, we have somewhere to hang coats and the kitchen is blue. Mostly.
I’m really happy how the dresser turned out! I don’t have any before photos, but perhaps you can imagine a grotty, old pine dresser, knobs missing, weird stains, piles of post all over it. It was the mankiest thing in the universe. Maybe. So I dealt with the mess, painted it, got some new knobs and it’s like a new dresser!
I had previously tried to address the issue of post being dumped on the dresser and we had been using a old cat food box to put it in before sorting it out but I didn’t want to put a nasty old box on my pretty dresser. Fortunately I had a little basket that was just post sized! It had a calico lining already but it wasn’t very nice and as I had some Tilda fabric I decided to make a new lining. I used the original lining as a pattern. The basket handles were an issue. On the original lining the bit where the handles were had not been finished properly, so on my new, pretty lining I made binding for those sections and allowed enough so that it could be tied. I’m very happy with my new fabric lined basket!
I now have plans to pretty up a basket for pegs in the same way!
After I had made the crayon rolls for Boy 3’s nursery’ s Easter Fair, I had some small bits of fabric left over, so I decided to make some fabric flower hair bobbles. Having boys means this is something I don’t do very often! They were very easy to make, although I did have some trouble working out how long the fabric bits needed to be to have enough to gather into a circle, but not so much that the circle goes back on itself.
Anyway, 15 – 20 cm seems to be a good length and the strips were about 8 cm wide. I folded the strips in half lengthways, folding the short ends over, and sewed the long raw edges, making a long narrow tube with neat ends. 🙂
Next I turned the tube the right way out. The easiest way to do this is by attaching a safety pin to one end and wiggling it through the tube. The safety pin pulls the rest of the tube behind it and you end up with it the right way out without tearing your hair out with frustration. Then I put in 2 rows of long stitches along on long edge to make the gathers and pulled them until the tube became a circle.
Lastly (almost!) I joined the open ends. I did this by slipping one end inside the other and sewing over them. It would probably have been neater to slip stitch the ends together, but it would also have taken longer. It’s neat enough for my liking.
All that was left to do was close the gap in the middle by handsewing across it a few times, add a button and sew the flower onto a hair elastic using strong thread.
I’m considering making some more of these. I’m a bit long in the tooth to wear a bobble but the flowers would probably work well on a bag or a purse, or maybe a skirt or a top. Watch this space!
Ok, so first things first! Some of you may have noticed that things have changed around here again and before you ask, yes, this is the third time I have renamed my blog. Anna’s craft corner was not really cutting it, so I’m trying out a new name! I’m liking it so far, so maybe this one will stay!
This week I have been busy making stuff for Boy 3’s preschool’s Easter Fair thing. I currently have two finished crayon rolls, two not quite finished crayon rolls and half a hair bobble. And the house is a tip. Hey ho.
I’m very happy with how the finished crayon rolls have turned out, so I’m going to share how to make these with you.
How to Make a Crayon Roll
For those of you who have not encountered these yet, a crayon roll is basically a thingy (technical term 😉 ) with little pockets in for crayons. It can be rolled up and taken anywhere, Grandma’s house, church, on holiday, and along with a pad of paper, should keep the children entertained at least for a little while. It also has the advantage that unlike a plastic box, it is not in itself a source of noisy entertainment, which is fine of course unless you actually need them to be quiet as well as occupied.
So here we go!
You will need:
Either one fat quarter or two fat quarters cut in half length ways or two rectangles 21cm x 54cm of cotton fabric.
As I was making two I used two fat quarters cut in half (ish) and joined each half to a different half so that the inside would be different. If you do not want to do this, it will work perfectly well with one fat quarter and you will not need to cut it half and resew and it will be quicker to make. Yay!
If you are using two fat quarters to make a crayon roll with a contrasting lining then cut the remaining fabric in half length ways. If you are using one fat quarter to make the crayon roll, don’t cut it half and skip to Step 3.
Do the same for your other piece of fabric.
So now you have a piece of fabric more or less the same size that you started with.
3. Fold it in half and topstitch.
With the folded edge at the bottom and the lining facing upwards, fold up 6cm and pin in place. Check that this will be deep enough for your crayons.
Now you need to put in pins for where you will sew to make the pockets. The easiest way to do this is to find the middle and put a pin at right angles to the folded edge, then find the half way point between the pin and the edge. Repeat until you have sixteen pockets pinned out. Sew the pockets, backstitching over the folded edge to make it a bit stronger.
Or if you would rather measure, the pockets are about 2.5 cm wide, but you will still need to check that they are all about the same size and you don’t have one tiny skinny little pocket at one end.
Fold the bias binding in half and press. Pin one edge of the binding all the way around the outside edges, then sew. Fold the bias binding over then sew again to attach the second edge.
This will result in the corners being rounded. If you prefer square corners, attach the bias binding to each edge separately.
5. You’ve almost finished! Take a length of bias binding, 30cm will be enough. Fold in half lengthways, press and sew. Fold in half to find the middle. With the outside of the crayon roll facing upwards and the pockets at the bottom, attach the bias strip to the edge of the crayon roll.
Have you made one? Let me know! I’d love to see it!