Hi everyone! I hope you are all doing well on these days! It’s summer holiday here now and fortunately, the lousy weather decided that it would change from a ususal rainy grey sky to sun, sun, sun! My moods are uplifted instantly as there is finally a splash of summer to be found. However I’m not out of the woods yet, I still have to hand in one last big paper, the reason why I haven’t really crocheted much after the market (to renew my supply ofcourse, as I just learned that ORIGINAL will probably have another edition in fall!).
Anyhow, what I really wanted to talk about was what came in the mail for me a while ago! I recently bought a tablet. The guy in the store already said that I had to get a cover and such, because the first scratch would surely hurt. But stubborn as I was, I didn’t want to pay €40+ for a boring black cover and decided immediately that I would make one myself. While I was gathering supplies from Etsy, the old cover of Kevin sufficed (although it was very ugly).
A while ago, I saw on the wonderful blog A creative being a post about her decal skin on her iPad mini. I decided that that would be supercool (come on, it is!) and that I wanted one for myself. So I went over to Decalgirl and started my personalized skin. The back was not so hard to come up with:
Ofcourse the first blanket I made (probably one of my most cherished blankets) would be featuring the big backside. However, the front side was a difficult one. Because of the tablet screen in the middle, the focus of the picture had to lay on the outsides of the photo so to speak. So I went through and through my stash, but none of the pictures sufficed as all had their focus in the middle or did not look great when I uploaded them. Then my eye fell on the picture Wink had on her iPad mini. It was very pretty, wooly and above all rainbowy! I was a little bit in doubt, thinking about if she would mind step if I used the same picture. But in the end, since I had nothing pretty and this was a lovely pic, I decided to ask her anyway. Fortunately, she didn’t mind and within 10 minutes I had the original picture to upload!! SUPERDUPERAWESOME! So a big thanks to Wink from a creative being for making my day!
So then I had to wait a while and after 2 weeks or so, the skin arrived! ( I know, that’s like 3 weeks ago but with all the market stuff coming up I didn’t have time to take proper pictures, which it does deserve ofcourse!)
Want to see how it looks like?
Okay, here it is!
I think it came out just like the pictures uploaded. It’s often a little tricky to see if the colours are true to the photo and just if it looks okay when you actually put it on. But this is great! The material is vinyl, and instead of shine I chose matte. The reason was simple, I don’t like cleaning and I especially don’t like cleaning the fingerprints off my shiny vinyl. So matte it was (which they recommended anyway).
But I still used the old cover from Kevin. The supplies had found their way to my home, and the old cover started to fall apart on the seams. So great timing, and last week I went on to make one! I didn’t really use a particular pattern, just my imagination and lots of trial and error (I don’t know how many seams I had to torn open again… but it was a lot). And for a first-and-a-half-time (remember this one?) I think it went very well!
The starting material from Terracottahome:
+ lining fabric, wadding and a button ofcourse.
The final product:
Stripey goodness! I figured that 1 stripe would be to broad, so I cut them in halves and sewed them together. This was actually quite a challenge for a straight-seam-handicapped person like me. But in the end it all went okay and I had a big striped piece. After pressing the seams, I made the wadding the same size and decided to just sew them together. In my mind, I could simply then measure the ‘inner gap’, insert the lining and stitch everything together. Unfortunately that didn’t work out as somewhere I forgot that some seams had to be sewn inside out. So I struggled a bit with the lining. But in the end it all worked out. Well, almost.
you know the thing where you remind yourself of something, and when doing it you still forget it? Well, I told myself a thousand times that I had to be sure to put the right side on the inside of the fabric. Which would have worked, in my original method. Unfortunately, after shifting everything about 20 times I finally came up with a way to stitch the lining to the outside and in the joy I forgot to turn my fabric the right way around. Result; the inside of the fabric is now showing instead of the outside. But as Kevin said: WHO CARES??? It’s just the inside.
Overall I’m very pleased! There are still a few things that could be improved in a next attempt but for now, i’m pretty content with how this one turned out!
Yes, they match well together!
Have a lovely day guys, I’m off to continue on my paper. It’s (unfortunately) not going to write itself.
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