Monday, 17 March 2014

Simple iPad Cover Tutorial

This is a simple yet elegant cover for iPad. If you know the basics of stitiching, then you are ready to go. I made a cover before 2 months for my iPad. Hubby dear took it to one of his clients' office and his client was impressed. He wanted an iPad cover and hubby passed on this request. The first one I made was a quilt block I learned from a friend and I didn't have patience to repeat it. So I went for this simple design and prayed to God that hubby likes it. And yes, he loved it. 

Recently I added a walking foot to my machine accessories and was so happy to use it in this project. With the usual presser foot, it is very hard to quilt all the three layers but with a walking foot, it was so easy. I love this. For thew batting I used the regular sponge sheet. If you want you can go fro cotton batting but it is optional.

Materials Required:

For The Main Body:
1 Main Fabric  - 25" * 10"
1 Lining Fabric - 25" * 10"
1 Batting - 25" * 10"

For The Flap:
2 Main Fabric - 10" * 6"
1 Batting - 10" * 6"

A small piece of velcro
A fancy lace which suits the main fabric

Attach one part of the velcro in the main fabric( forgot to click a snap) Place the main fabric and lining right to right and place the batting below the lining.

Stitch 3 sides leaving one side open. The side with velcro must be stitched. The other side must be open.

Now turn the fabric inside out and turn out the corners neatly.

On the flap pieces make a U cut to shape the flap.

Now on one main fabric, place the velcro's other part and stitch leaving 1 1/2" from the edge.

Place the fabrics right to right, place the batting below and stotch leaving the straight edge open. Give small cut marks along the stitch line. Be carefuland avod slicing the stitch.

Now turn inside out.

Fold both the open edges of the flap and main body. Insert the flap inside the main body and pin it.

Though it may not look very neat it is OK.

Stitch along the line.

Now on the lining, draw lines. This is the quilting lines you are going to make to secure all the three layers and make the cover neat. I went for uneven spaces between lines. You can do however you want - vertical lines, criss cross or evenly spaced horizontal lines.

To make the flap different, I made some vertical lines.

Now it is time to quilt. This is my new walking foot. Stitch on the lines .

Keep on folding the quilted side to make it easy for stitching.

All done. I successfully completed all the lines..

Now fold the main body as shown and stitch the sides.

Stitch a lace along the flap's curved edge.

And the iPad cover is ready..


My daughter was so happy to hold it...

Thursday, 6 February 2014

How to Make a Cake Bunting

It was my daughter's birthday yesterday. So I made a rainbow cake for her. I didn't want to spoil the cake by writing on it as I wanted the centre flower to stand out. And here is where a cake bunting comes to the rescue. It looks beautiful on the cake and you really doesn't need piping skills to write down the name. This is the first time I made the bunting and took some time to figure out exactly how it is made. OK, I accept, I am not so bright!!!

It is a simple project and an easy one. I used chart paper to make the diamonds but any sturdy paper will do. And if you can lay your hands on textured paper, then it would be great. As I had some plain chart sheets, I just coloured it with acrylic colours. You will need paint brushes, acrylic colours of two contrasting shades, kebab sticks and some twine. 

Keep all the materials handy. 

First cut out a strip of chart paper measuring 20" * 5".

Colour it with acrylic paint of your choice. I used a dark blue for the background.

Once dry, fold it into half.

Mark 1" spaces across the centre line. Cut out triangles as shown. The length of the triangles can be your choice.

I needed 18 diamonds to write the message.

With the other colour, write down the alphabets on the triangles.

Stick the ends of the triangle together. Allow it to dry.

Take a strong thread. Thread it through the triangles in order.

Tie it on the kebab sticks as shown.

Place the sticks on the cake.

Here is the view of the rainbow effect in the cake...

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Sunday, 12 January 2014

Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year to all my readers. I know this is a very belated wish but it is better to be late than never. I have been stitching a lot but am never getting enough time to click and post them. I made a frock for my daughter for this New Year and she just loved it.

The frock was inspired from a gown I saw on Pinterest. The body was made with printed cotton and the skirt part with satin. At first I wanted to do a step wise post but as I had only half a day to finish this frock, I couldn't concentrate on clicking the steps. Next time I will post another frock with instructions. Till then, Bye!!!