Sunday, September 8, 2013

Nook Jacket & Cell Phone Case

My Nook tablet said that summer was over and cool weather is on the way so he wanted a new winter jacket.  The sleeve I made a while back is ok, but not as convenient as I would like.  Luckily, I had stitched up The Sampler Girl's "Austen/Alcott Sampler" for just this purpose.  I love that sampler and bought the pattern as soon as it was released. I did it over-one on 25 ct. Jobelan so it would fit on the cover nicely, leaving me room for a flap closure if I managed to position it correctly.   I searched through a ton of tutorials to pick one that resembled a book cover and wasn't too tricky to sew up.

The tutorial I picked is a simplified version of this Kindle Cover Tute.  I left out the pockets inside that she added for inserting boards to firm up the cover.  Some deep purple corduroy in my stash left from the old days of sewing clothes worked well for the outside body.  I pieced it with the stitching and changed the direction of the nap on each piece to add a little interest in shading.  The lining was from a Gatsby collection of modern quilting fabric.  Didn't come out perfect of course, but very usable and I'm quite happy with it.



After I made the cell phone case I posted previously, I wondered if WOCS might be interested in adding those to the type of gifts they make for people in need.  Turns out, they do make gifts for families in a domestic violence center, usually for the kids.  The center accepts donations of used cell phones to give to the women for emergency 911 dialing and they said they would love to get some cases.   I whipped up this one by adapting a design by Diane Duda of DudaDaze and stitching it with simple embroidery stitches.  The original painting is called "I Love You, Little Dog".  Diane does the most fabulous whimsical paintings and sells originals, prints and accessories like notecards featuring her work.   I love how some of her originals are done on cereal box cardboard!    


The wedding I attended over Labor Day was just marvelous.  I hadn't been to a wedding in many years and it was so much fun to go to one.  I really danced the night away too.  I thought I'd show you the cute gift wrap idea I used from a Martha Stewart tutorial.  It was really quick an easy, plus it looks a little different from the standard.  This is the "Pyramid Box" that you can find here with some additional cute ways to wrap a gift.



20 comments:

Margaret said...

Lovely lovely cases! I really love that I Love My Dog one you stitched up.

Jackie said...

Great finishes! Both came out very well. I love the pyramid box bow so I've pinned that. It will make a nice alternative bow at the holidays when I do so many (most of them not very well).

Penny said...

I love your cover! Love the cell phone case too! A sweet design, and a good cause. Lovely job on the gift wrap. :)

Anne said...

Your nook cover is very nicely done Annie. What a great idea for the case for WOCS, and your wrapping is very pretty! So many wonderful things you've done too in your last posts as well! :)

Jane Galley said...

Love your new cover, I've got to do one for my ipad this week sometime. Have fun with the phone cover, they look lovely and will bring a bit of love into someone's life

Steph said...

Oh those cases are fab. I so wish I knew how to use my machine properly. Your wrapping is great too. xxx

Brigitte said...

Both cases look fantastic! Great idea!

Carol said...

Your new nook jacket is so nice, Annie--and what a perfect design that is :) And what a cute dog piece for WOCS--that will surely make the recipient smile!

I'm so glad you had such a great time at the wedding--there is nothing like a young couple in love!

Oh, and your new blog background looks marvelous, too!! Hope you have a great week, Annie...

meggie said...

Lovely cases (:

Barb said...

I love that idea for that pattern and I may borrow it at some point as I have tsg pattern too. I could not find a follower thingy on your blog but have put you in the feed thingy. You can tell I am up in the world of technology can't you.
Look forward to getting to know your.

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

whoops she did it again! a sweet, darling finish that is useful and perfect from your busy hands :)
LOVE that NOOK case...need to make one for mine!
:)

Vickie said...

Great job(s) Annie. I love that you made that little case for someone in real need. God bless you!

♥ Nia said...

Nice work! :)
Here the days ate still warm but nights are so much colder already =/ summer is starting to say goodbye...
Love the wrap idea! So pretty :)
Hugs&smiles

Anne said...

wonderful Nook case Annie! I'm sure he'll be all cosy in there for the winter. Great fabric that really makes me think of the Great Gatsby! Cute little cell phone case too!!

Zeb said...

Great finishes and also inspiration for me on how to use a piece I stitched a while ago, but didn't know how to finish :D

Melanie said...

Oooo, they are both lovely cases! My iPhone and Fire are positively drab in comparison.
How cute is that doggy peeking around the skirts of the little girl? Someone is going to love that. :)

Karen said...

Both of the cases are wonderful, Annie, although I'm partial to the one with the embroidery and the tiny little doily in the corner, beautiful!

Meari said...

I don't have a Kindle, but that Kindle cover is so darn cute!!

Rozer Methew said...

These are such a pretty fancy cell phone cover and I like the all but I am looking for something professional types phone cases. If you have please let me know.
Thanks!

Nicky said...

What a fantastic idea, and I really love the JA quote. You are a very generous soul with all the stitching you give away too.