iPod case

About three years ago I got an iPod nano, it was back then when the 3rd generation still was hot (it got replaced a month later by the 4th gen.). Me and many others don’t like scratches and marks on our precious electronic devices so I decided to design and make me my own iPod case before I had used it too much. Scratches usually appear when the device is brand new…

I found a violet colored manchester fabric and some silk ribbons. I thought the orange worked best with the purple and the rosette gave it a cute touch!

It was very easy to make, I just measured the iPod’s width and height, cut out a piece with margins for the seams. I used my zigsag seam around the edges, folded the top edge and sew the ribbon (& rosette) before folding and sewing the piece together.
Since I didn’t use a button or strap to keep the cover on the iPod I had to make sure the iPod fit perfectly. The cover is slightly smaller than the iPod and it doesn’t fall off. I recommend using a fabric that won’t stretch out.

I havent made any more covers, but it was fun and easy. The only limit is your creativity!
One tip: Avoid making too large knots on the inside as the thread itself can scratch or mark the iPod. I place the shiny side towards the rosette to avoid worn of marks on the click wheel and display. I know the newer iPods have nicer backsides so keep the inside soft to avoid unwelcome marks!

A felt ball for the younger ones

My youngest cousin celebrated his first Christmas and all of us gave him presents, who can resist buying toys or tiny clothes?

Of course I bought clothes too but I also wanted to give him a ball that reminded me of one I had when I was a kid. A soft and colorful ball with a bell inside. I have heard that kids like bright colors and at the time he was almost hypnotized by bright, red colors!  He just loved the red cow on our milk packages.

My idea was to make a nice and colorful ball of some sort of fabric.
I went to my local crafting store and found figures and sheets of felt. They did feel quite weak and I was afraid he would be able to tear the ball apart. Later on I heard he did, but apparently he loved it!

I found a pattern at the shishi girl, which I used, I just made the pentagon a bit smaller.

I chose to use two pieces of each color, none of the same beside another and the figures were stitched by hand. I’m quite satisfied with the result but next time I might use a better fabric or strengthen it with a cotton layer or vlieseline!