Found: crafting mojo

22Sep12

kindle case

If there were Olympic medals for ‘having a bit of a think’ I would surely get one. I got a Kindle Touch for my birthday at the beginning of August, and I’ve been having a bit of a think about making a case ever since. You know what? I just finished it about 10 minutes ago! That’s it up there.

I really ummed and ahhed about what fabric to use. I actually thought this patterned Amy Butler fabric was too nice for this – and then I realised I was being an idiot. I bought the plain and patterned fabric together, on a whim, from an offcuts basket. They’re lovely, of course, but there is no ΓΌber project – is there? If we spend our lives waiting for the perfect project to use this fabric or that button, we’ll be waiting forever. I’m not saying ‘waste fabric’ but… I don’t know. There’s no perfect project, buy stuff you love and enjoy using it.

pocket

So anyway, now *that’s* out of my system – the Amy butler fabric is a pocket! It’s to put the cable in. If you do a bit of a google for Kindle tutorials you’ll see this a lot. I like it. To be honest, there are loads of tutorials out there, so I used half a Kindle tutorial and half this iPad cover tutorial (which is really good). I considered more complicated options (this tutorial looks brilliant) but frankly, I feel like a lost my crafting mojo a bit and I just wanted to make something super uncomplicated. I didn’t measure anything – which lucky for me worked out ok – and nothing was straight! But y’know. No one died.

lining

I’ll let you into a secret though. The Amy Butler fabric, the co-ordinating solid brown… It’s all very tasteful. And then I thought maybe it’s a bit TOO tasteful? So the lining inside is that slightly lurid green with multicoloured flowers! It doesn’t match at all and I love it. The button came free with an Etsy order ages ago and was a suspiciously good match too.

handy

Last time I went home, my mum gave me this. It’s a little plastic case with a load of different threads in – she said she picked it up somewhere as it was quite cheap and thought it could be useful. As I was about to embark on this epic journey, I realised I didn’t have any brown thread. I cannot believe what a perfect match was inside this box! It might not be the kind of thread you make an heirloom gift from – but if you’re prone to making small projects on a whim (even if it is a well pondered whim) then this is perfect. It’s just a small amount of each colour to tide you over. And it includes needles. Amazing. What a brilliant thing to have knocking about.

So there you have it, a new Kindle case. It’s a bit wonky, obviously – but I couldn’t be happier.

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13 Responses to “Found: crafting mojo”

  1. Love it. It looks very stylish and you are so right about not saving beautiful fabrics for perfect projects. Thought of you the other day when Little J was watching a you tube video of the Lego Great Ball Contraption for about the third time!! Have a look for it, it’s amazing!

    • Wow! That video is amazing. You have to encourage your kids to experiment with that kind of thing if they love it – but that said, i fear for walking barefoot in your house. You might have to kiss goodbye to the floor πŸ™‚

      • Lol! He’s been watching it again tonight. We have a marble run and he loves that too. Don’t think he’s quite up to trying to build it yet though. Phew!

  2. That’s a gorgeous wee sleeve, I like the idea of the pocket lining being your inner teenager for when you’re tired of pretending to be an adult.

    I have sooo much fabric saved for best…I’m trying to be less precious about it, but so far not much luck!

  3. love love love it!! Very stylish. I’m inspired!! iPad, macbook, kindle and iphone may all just benefit from a bit of making shortly!!

    Thank you

  4. “buy stuff you love and enjoy using it” is exactly the point. I might steal that phrase actually. It seems like a great motto πŸ™‚ Also there seems little point in having lovely things in a stash somewhere waiting rather than being used and appreciated every day. And, if you don’t use it how will you justify buying the next beautiful thing? πŸ˜‰

    I’m going to need to get a thesaurus. I’m running out of appreciative words to describe all these lovely things you keep creating πŸ™‚

  5. Great combination of colours! I’ll try myself.
    Best regards.
    Garden Chair

  6. 13 charlietwo

    I think colours and fabric work really well and the finished item looks great.
    Never save things for best as before you know it the time for that fabric will have passed and another great one will have appeared to replace it, just enjoy useing what you have. I am also glad that the cotton box has proved so useful i thought it might. Oh and by the way I just love Monket in his very posh hat!


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