I am very clumsy and forgetful. Every single day I’m walking into stationary objects and constantly dropping or misplacing things leaving a legacy of scratched, chipped, dented and broken possessions behind me. So that said, these quilted cases filled a necessity to protect some of my more valued things when traveling. I have made cases for my kindle and earphones, but you could make them for iPads and laptops too. Luckily these have worked perfectly and my kindle and earphones are still in perfect shape and I can locate both of them.
- Cut two rectangles of fabric that is two and a half times the length of the finished pouch plus an extra centimetre on each edge for a seam allowance. Cut the batting to the same size as the fabric pieces. It is sometimes easier to make this bigger than needed and then cut down after the fabric is quilted
- On one piece of fabric mark a diamond grid using a ruler and chalk reference to sew. I change the size of the grid depending on the size of the case, the small case had a 3cm grid and the large had 5cm.
- Pin the batting in between the fabric, with the right sides facing outwards, then sew along the pre-marked lines to create one rectangle of quilted fabric. It is best to sew in the same direction for all parallel lines to avoid any uneven stretching
- Hem the two short sides of the rectangle
- Fold the the lower half of the rectangle up with the wrong side facing outwards about two thirds lengthway and sew up the side seams. Cut threads and tidy seams then turn inside out
- Fold the edges of the flap in the same width as the side seams and sew to create a neat edge
- Hand sew a button to the pouch and attach a small length of string elastic to the flap of the pouch so that the top can be closed
The pouches are really easy to make as they are made of a single sheet of quilted fabric. I’ve made a few of these now for myself and for others as they make a great gift! They can be made in about an hour so it’s easy to make lots of them using the remnants of fabrics from another project. Hopefully once I have enough of these for everything I’m likely to lose or drop I’ll never lose or break anything again! However, I’m sure that’s just wishful thinking.
FABRIC: Fabric remnants from another project, recycled fabric from an old skirt, batting (medium weight)
PATTERN: Self drafted