Kindle Fire Case- Free Tutorial

This is a simple tutorial for sewing a case for your Kindle Fire. These make great gifts, they are simple to make, and they can be made for under $8! In fact, for the $10 I spent on one yard of material, Velcro, felt and thread- I could make 5 of these cases!

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Materials:

Fabric (I bought one yard each of coordinating fabric, but you can make about 5 of these cases with that much fabric!)

Felt

thread

measuring tape

pins

fabric pen

rotary cutter or scissors 

iron

cutting pad

straight edge

sewing machine

and it helps to have your Kindle Fire handy to be sure your case is the correct size

 

Cut two pieces of fabric (I used two coordinating fabrics just to add some flare to the case) 21″ X 6 1/2″ 

Cut one piece of felt 8″ X 612″ 

Note: In the photo you will see another piece of fabric the same size as the felt. That piece is not necessary. 

 

Be sure to follow the step above with the right sides of your fabric face each other.

After you have cut the corners, sew along the edge leaving about 3″ open on the side so you can turn the fabric right-side out.

 

After turning the fabric right-side out, press with an iron and sew around the edges. This will close the hole and make a neat looking edge.

 

Add the velcro to the case as shown in the illustration above.

Fuse the felt to the bottom of the piece of fabric. Be sure to put it on the side you want to be the inside of the case! Then fold the fabric so that the felt piece is on top and there is an overlap of fabric on top. Tip: The bottom of the felt piece will be the folding point. 

Sew the sides, NOT the top or bottom. 

Then turn the pocket right-side out.

This is what you should have!

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Train/Car Roll-up Play Mat- Free Tutorial

This is an excellent little play mat for the car, for the grocery store cart, or for entertainment while sitting in a waiting room. Your little car/train fan will enjoy playing with this! It takes about an hour to make and makes a great gift!

 

 

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Materials:

 Fabric of your choice

measuring tape

cutting mat

rotary cutter

fabric pen

two pieces of ribbon 24″ each.

pins

iron

 sewing machine

Begin by cutting two pieces of fabric 17 1/2″ x 20″ and one piece of coordinating fabric 19″ x 6″

Take the 19″ x 6″ fabric  make a 1/2″ hem by folding the top down, press and sew.

Now take the 19″ x 6″ piece and lay it on one of the other pieces of fabric at the bottom.  Fold the extra length over the edge of the bigger piece and press. Pin if necessary. Sew around the edge.

Measure out the pockets. Make them different sizes if you’d like so that bigger cars/trains or even pieces of track will fit in the pockets. Sew a straight line from the bottom to the top of the bottom piece being sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of the line. This will help to keep the pockets from coming apart.

Now place the two large pieces of fabric right-side facing together. Pin around the end. Place the ribbon between the two pieces at the top with the long part of the ribbon pieces inside the “sandwich” of the fabric, leaving about 2″ of the ribbon pieces outside for sewing. Pin the pieces together and sew. NOTE:  leave about 3″ of the piece open so you can pull the right side of the work out later. When sewing over the ribbon section, remember to backstitch several times over the ribbon to make it more secure.

Reach through the hole and pull the right side of the fabric out.

Press and sew around the entire edge of the mat. This will close the hole and leave a nice finished edge. That’s it!

ENJOY!

Easy Draw-string bag with flat bottom- FREE Tutorial

This is a very simple tutorial for a draw-string bag. This bag is good for holding toys, toiletries for traveling, craft materials, or even school supplies that like to get lost in your child’s backpack! These make great, inexpensive gifts! In fact, you can use bandannas which are only a dollar a piece!  It’s great for beginners to practice sewing. The bag can be made in less than an hour.

Materials:

Scissors or rotary cutter

Measuring Tape

Fabric pen

Fabric (two pieces of bandannas work excellent!)

rope or ribbon (the ribbon I used was a little too wide, if you choose ribbon, go with something a little thinner)

pins

sewing machine

iron

Begin by cutting your fabric. You will need two pieces that measure 12″ x 16″.

Place the fabric face down. Turn the seam on the short side of the fabric 1/2″ toward the wrong-side of the fabric and press. This will be the top of your bag.

Repeat that step again so you will have a neat hem at the top of your bag.

Do this for both pieces.

Press the pieces with an iron.

Pin the seam (if necessary) and sew along the bottom edge of the hem. Do this for both pieces of fabric.

Place both pieces right-side facing each other.

At both edges, measure 2″ from the edge of the bag and mark it with your fabric pen. This will be the section you will add the draw-string for the bag.

Pin the bag together at the edges starting where you marked 2″ from the top and sew (leaving a 1/2″ to a 1″ seam along the edge) I made this bag with a wider seam because the bag is for my son who wants to put his heavy trains and cars in the bag. I will add a zig-zag seam behind my straight seam because I do not have a serger! This will make the seam more sturdy!

Once you have finished sewing the edges of the bag, you will begin on the tube for the draw-string. Turn the top edge of the bag over 1″ so that it meets the 2″ mark you made earlier. Press with an iron and pin if necessary

Then you will sew along the bottom edge, forming a tube. This is where you will insert the draw-sting or ribbon. Note: When getting to the two edges where the fabric meets, fold the seam over to one side so that it doesn’t bunch. Do this for both sides.

With the bag still inside-out, measure 2 1/2″ from bottom corner of bag and mark a dot with your fabric pen. Turn the bag over and mark the opposite side the same way.

Then pinch the dots with your fingers and pull the corners apart. Press flat with an iron.  Then sew a straight line from one dot to the next, folding the seam to one side. Note, be sure to fold the seam in the same direction for the other corner.

Once you have sewn the corner flat, cut the excess leaving a 1/2″ seam. Press with an iron.

This is how the corner will look when right-side out.

Cut two pieces of ribbon 36″ long

Pin a safety pin to the end of  one piece of ribbon and feed it through the tube of the bag so that both ends stick out of one side of the bag. Do the same thing with the second ribbon, so that the ends of the ribbon are on the other side of the bag.

Tie the ribbon in a double-knot at the end.

Burn ends of the ribbon so they do not frey.

Turn bag right-side out, and you are done! Enjoy!

More patterns on the way!

I just wanted to give a heads up to all my readers that I am working on some patterns (knit, crochet, and sew) and will be posting them on my blog very soon! Stay tuned!