Thursday, August 11, 2011

Something for Me

This afternoon I had a few hours before work to sew. I could have really put some effort into finishing the rest of the scrub/apron tops for the dorm girls (which I did work on while the embroidery machine was working), but instead I chose to make something for me. I bought a book-like case to house my Kindle, but I wanted something more substantial to withstand being packed around in my purse or back pack. Of course it had to have some style, and this Raven from Urban Threads was the perfect design. I have always been a big Edgar Allen Poe fan (part of my dark period in my youth) and who better to protect my books? I started by stitching the design onto a remnant of black vinyl I had in the stash. I thought I had some black quilted fabric, but you know how that goes. I probably do have a chunk, but I wasn't about to spend all my time digging through the closet. After the design was stitched, I figured out how big it had to be to go around the Kindle book and cut 2 pieces of warm and natural batting to fit. Originally I considered making a zippered case, but putting a zipper in that vinyl with the extra padding? Um, no...for obvious reasons. So I designed a flap closure that slips under a ribbon in the back. I could have done a magnetic closure or velcro, but truly, this thing fits like a glove and it's not going anywhere. I lined it with a red satin (my new book case is red). The seams really need a good pounding to lay completely flat, but Tom was not feeling well and I thought it would be in poor form to start banging while he had a headache. I am completely pleased with my totally selfish time spent in the studio...I may have to do that again soon!

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5 comments:

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

It looks perfect.

Jane M said...

What a wonderful result. The Edgar Allen Poe House here in Baltimore should be selling this cool covers since their funding has been suffering in recent years. He was never one of my favorites but I do love that we named our football team in his honor.

Becky said...

fun - hope you enjoy your kindle. i know my daughter is such a fan of hers! you are so creative. enjoy graduation!

Irene said...

What an amazing embroidery design!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Love the raven, and so perfect for a Kindle cover. Fantastic little project!