Did you notice I skipped blog post # 231? Unintentional. I just forgot to post it sometime at the beginning of the year. Whoops. Well, here it is:
I made very few gifts for Christmas again this year. Honestly, doing so has saved my sanity the last couple of years. I love homemade stuff and the thought and care that goes into it, but I'm not enough of a planner to get things done early and by the time the holiday season rolls around, who has time to make masterpieces? So, I've been making small and quick gifts, and just a few.
The main one I did this year is these cute little ipad stands. These are just the two I made for my kids (yes, we got them mini ipads this year, don't judge). I made 5 others including one for me. :) Really by sewing them all at once it didn't take much longer than making a couple.
The major changes I made were I filled it entirely with rice and the lip on the bottom front is a casing with a piece of wooden dowel in it.
Because I used all rice they're very plump to say the least. And not entirely triangular shaped (especially the tip which is empty so it doesn't always stand up). The reason I did this was the theory that if it was set on a surface not totally flat, it could conform to a curve. Haven't tested that theory yet, but they are functioning quite well on our countertops.
So, you might be wondering how this project amounts to poor planning (if you ever read the title, that is). It doesn't. That project was beautiful.
But I also decided to make ipad mini cases for the kids. Adorable right?
But you won't ever be seeing a tutorial for them here because they were kind of a pain in the butt to make. That's because I designed them for their cuteness and functionality and neglected to think about all the aspects of construction.
Here's what I wanted:
-a somewhat fitted pouch case for traveling
-to fit over them when they have their permanent "case" on as seen above
-a hard outside so that if something pokes them in a bag, the screen is protected (this was really the key, because the case they have has no screen protection)
- a hole where the power plug goes so they can be charging in the case
-a pocket for storing power cords and headphones
Here's the problem I encountered when I started sewing my brilliant design: a hard case (pressed illustration board inserted between layers) doesn't bend. Duh. So when I went to sew the binding around the top I realized I couldn't get it under my machine. I was able to do most of the long edges but then I had to very slowly sew around the corners by hand and since it doesn't bend that meant poking it in and pulling out the other side. Ugh. Not fun.
Then once I put the ipad in I realized that my fit was so nice that I could barely get the ipad out. That was solved by adding the little strap. It is a piece of ribbon that actually goes under the ipad and part way up the other side. So when you tug on it, it pulls the ipad out part way. And it doubles as a nice little handle, so I guess necessity is indeed the mother of invention again. :)
But despite the troubles, I love how they came out in all their Japanese cuteness. And they function well, until we decide we need different permenent cases, then I'll need to make new ones to fit.