I still can't believe that I can produce anything, it's so out of my comfort-zone, so.... not me.
Before "First up", I made a really pretty little credit card case, the design came from Embroidery Garden. I don't have a photo, and I can't find the case.... I think it's possible I threw it away. It was a lovely case, but it required finishing by hand which I am incapable of doing. I didn't realise it needed this, otherwise I wouldn't have bought the design pack.
So, on to the things I do have evidence of.
First up was a tissue case. I have several, bought, cases. None with a zip. Here's the one I made using a design from a company called Five Star Fonts,
Following on from the success of the Tissue case, I purchased a set of cases from Five Star Fonts. I only have 7" zips at the moment (the postman will bring me longer ones shortly), so a couple of days ago, I tackled a 5x7 sunglasses case. This required batting (padding). I tried with my polyester batting, but as part of the process requires stitching directly onto the batting, this was a fail.
I popped to our local fabric shop to buy some cotton batting. and some interfacing (which, confusingly, looks like stabiliser to me). I couldn't remember why I needed interfacing, I just remember having read it on some PDF instructions, so I bought 3 different sorts.
Yesterday, I made myself sit down and try again. It was a bit of a long process, but I think that a second attempt would be much more speedy now I know what I'm doing. T&he cotton batting was quite thick (too thick, perhaps), so the finished case was fairly solid. However, as it is a specs case, I suspect this is part of the design.
This design required me to do pattern matching , so that the fabric to the right of the zip (the yellow cat) matches up with the yellow part-cat to the left of the zip. This time I used a bright orange fabric for the liner and a matching bright orange zip. I might try an unlined version of this - or a version lined with, say, clear vinyl - later.
|Zip closed and hidden|
This time I started with the zip - I have a few brown ones - and looked for fabric to work with it. I put the pattern matching "skill" I'd learned from the Five Star Fonts one in to practise.
|Pattern Matching above & below zip|
|Finished - Closed|
|Finished - open|
Once the longer zips arrive I want to try making some of the larger cases. It will be interesting to compare the process from multiple suppliers, where the sizes are similar. I also have an inexpensive design from NewfoundApplique to try; this one has no batting or quilting.
I wonder if the grandchildren actually use pencil cases?