Wednesday, 21 September 2016

blessed glasses case

I was looking at my glasses case and thinking how much I didn't love the pattern on it when it occurred to me I could totally do something about it! So I did!

Recently I bought some Mod Podge for fabric and on a total whim I decided to pick out fabric and use some Mod Podge to cover the case.

I use the case all the time, switching between my prescription sunglasses and eye glasses so I want it to look pretty.

When I started to disassemble the case there was a moment of panic but it turned out to be easy. I took the inner part out, carefully peeled the covers off the front and back of the case and used them as a template on my fabric.

I put a small amount of glue on the case itself but there was still some tacky glue left over on the outside so I just stretched the fabric over the case and didn't worry about making it too neat as the inner part of the case covers the edges of the fabric.

The fabric is Indigo Newsprint, Story by Carrie Bloomston. I love all the messages in the text print. There is even some about sewing! I really like having 'Blessings' on the top of the case, a reminder to be thankful and focus on the positives.

Then I used a glue spreader (like you get in school) to cover the fabric in Mod Podge

I didn't really know what to do when it came to the hinge. I was going to cut the excess off with a craft knife but I'm not sure it would have worked well (maybe after it dried?). After I opened and closed it a few times I realised it didn't matter at all and I like the loose threads so I just added more Mod Podge! I left it to dry for 24hrs.  

So far so good! It lives in my bag, which gets carried on school runs, to the shops etc. It hasn't shown any signs of damage and I'm calling it a win!

It's a fun way to change an everyday object into something that makes me smile!

Friday, 16 September 2016

neon clouds drawstring tote bag

I do like a bit of selfish sewing but it's taken me over a year to finally get round to making myself this awesome tote bag. It took hardly any time to sew, I am in love with it!

I have made this pattern before, which is how I knew I wanted to make one for myself. It is the Drawstring Tote Bag pattern by Svetlana @ Sotak Handmade. It's a really fun sew and there's so many ways to make it your own, I would like to do a patchwork version at some point. 

I added a pocket on the inside, my first time doing that! I knew I would want one if I'm going to be using the bag a lot. 

I also used the same waterproof fabric as my Geeky Flying Geese Bag but this time put it in between the outside and the lining just so my stuff stays dry.

An added advantage is that it's made the bag sturdier and possibly stronger too.

After contemplating using some ribbon for the ties I ultimately decided just to make my own fabric ones, I had enough left over from the lining. I like that it has text on it and I do love Doris Day!

The thickness of the layers meant that top stitching on my basic machine was difficult so instead I added a row of hand stitching in Aurifil 12 wt #2785 and I think it works well. 

Fabrics used: Neon Clouds in orange and navy by HokkohScattered in neutral, Mochi Canvas by Rashida Coleman-Hale bought from The Village Haberdashery last year and Book Panel in Pastel, First of Infinity by Kumiko Fujita for the lining and ties.

linking up:
at chezzetcook this week
and finish it up friday at crazy mom quilts