Polka-dot iPad Protection






I feel like the start of every blog post lately is an apology for my lack of activity, and not wanting to break with tradition here is another. Last week I could barely keep my eyes open past 9pm, after long days doing parents evenings and digging in my class garden, which meant not much time for crafting or blogging. But this weekend I wanted to make something quick and easy, that didn’t require clearing my table to lay out metres of fabric.

Ages ago Scruffy Badger made a fun Snoopy case for her iPad and shared the tutorial she found. I had been trying to think of a way to make a case that stands up and the method used made it look so simple. However, since I had just made a soft cover, I put the tutorial in my bookmarks to save for later (and salvaged some ring binders from the recycling at school).

Well.. here it is! The instructions clear and straightforward, and the only problem I had was attempting to use regular scissors to cut up a ringbinder!

I used a red spotty fat quarter I have had in my stash for years and a slither of a white polka-dot oil cloth remnant I picked up in the summer (I’m not sure I will need the waterproof-ness of the cover, but it will hopefully keep the case looking sparkly and clean). The ring binders were being thrown out at school and I had just enough elastic lying around, so this was a cheap and cheerful make. Super! πŸ™‚

The current reading on my kindle app is Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion that I stumbled across on Polka Dot Overload from Yes I Like That‘s interesting discussion. Who knew what started as a “I’m not buying clothes so I can be clever and make mine” was actually secretly an eco-political stance I was taking!

The crochet pattern is for a giraffe hat that I am making for a uni friend’s baby (due in a couple of weeks). I’m almost finished after two short evenings of crochet, as it is so so tiny πŸ™‚ aaaw!


Piped polka dot posing

I have developed a new sewing obsession – piping!

I wanted to make a classic but stylish skirt and decided piping would help add the “wow” factor along the joins of my V8560. I have made this before using ribbons to cover where the panels join (my birdie skirt)

I have also discovered the best place in my flat for taking photos – the kitchen. With the window open wide I can get lots of natural light, and the (internal) window sill is the perfect height for photos.

My next sewing project is the Lisette Traveller dress, using some super-sweet navy fabric covered in tiny strawberries. I’m going to continue my piping addiction and add some red piping around the collar and sleeves. But before I do any more sewing, it is time to bake!