Upcycled gadget case

Posted by TheDocraftsTeam, 01 Mar, 2017

If you're after affordable and one-of-a-kind projects, why not reuse pieces of fabric you already have around your home? To create this gadget case, we've upcycled an old tablecloth, and repurposed it with fabric paints and geometric stencils.

1. To create the outer case, begin by snipping two rectangles from a table cloth, measuring 24 x 30.5cm. For the lining of the case, cut a further two rectangles measuring 22.5 x 29cm from Craft Planet felt.

2. Trim a 19 x 22.5cm rectangle from both the table cloth and felt, and fuse the two pieces together with interfacing. This will create the front pocket. To create the tab, cut two 10 x 4cm strips from both materials. Stitch together, again with interlining, and topstitch around the edge.

3. If you want a smaller pen pocket, turn under the top edge of the pocket fabrics and topstitch in yellow. Place on top of one of the outer panels and stitch two vertical lines through the layers, 4cm and 8cm from the left-hand side edge.

4. Place the right side of the outer fabrics together, and stitch down each long side and bottom edge (leaving only the top edge open). Snip the bottom corners to neaten, turn the fabric through and iron.

5. Fix the lining felt panels together and stitch down the sides and bottom edge, leaving a 7cm gap at the bottom seam.

6. Insert the outer shell into the lining shell and align the top edges of all layers together, inserting the tab strip centrally on the back panel edge. Pin and sew. Pull the outer shell through the hole in the bottom of the lining shell and sew closed.

7. Push the lining into the outer shell, and topstitch to the top edge. Cut a slit in the tab closure to fit a Papermania Wooden Button. Sew the button onto the front panel.

8. Create your own stencil by die cutting the Xcut Hexagon Mini Die onto adhesive paper. Stencil this shape onto Xcut canvas sheets with black Papermania Fabric Paint, and overlay with silver paint once dry. Adhere the canvas sheet to the front of your case.

Project and how-to instructions by Amy Surey. Project originally published the March issue (80) of docrafts Creativity magazine.

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