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Adding Fabric to an Old Phone Case

31 Jan

I bought an adorable little iPhone case for about $8. As cute as it was, it didn’t last very long at all..
The decorations wore off super quickly and eventually the only thing left was the plastic white shell 😦
Sad day..

It made me think about it, though. Why not add my own decorations?! Duh
So I grabbed my fabric, hot glue gun, a few more crafting supplies and had at it! Here’s the final result!

It’s pretty easy. All you will need is:
-an old iPhone case
-fabric, embroidery thread, felt, and whatever else you would like to decorate the fabric with
-Mod Podge
-hot glue gun
-scissors, and x-acto knife

Simply cut the fabric out so that there is plenty of room to wrap it around the outer part of the case, decorate the fabric however you would like, and then hot glue the fabric to the case.

I used the Mod Podge to harden the fabric that I was using, esp around the edges before I detailed them with an x-acto knife. You may not need to do this, depending on how well your fabric holds together.
I did go around the very edges and hot glue a nice layer so that they wouldn’t come loose very quickly. Remember, the shell that I was using was white, so I touched up with a little black paint so that this part looks perfecto for me 🙂 You do what you need to do here, depending on your project.

If you’re looking to add lettering like I did, I suggest making a quick template on some durable card stock. Pin that to your fabric and start tracing the letters with a back stitch. I also added a cute little felt heart, just because Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I’m honestly just a little excited about it 🙂 Feel free to ask any questions in the comment section below!

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New Camera Case!

24 Jan

This weekend I posted a quick pic of a little carrying case that I picked up at one of my fav stores back home in TX – A Furniture Fetish.

Only $10, my husband walked up, set it next to me and said we were getting it because it would be perfect to carry his cords and cables. (he’s a musician)
I immediately shook my head no, saying it would make a better makeup carry case, duh!

So we ran out into the street with our guns, cowboy hats and chaps. The whole town gathered around to watch the standoff, but it was called off when we remembered that we’ve been searching very hard to find a fun, unique carrying case for our camera!
Calen likes video just as much as I like taking pics, so we needed to make sure that it wasn’t too manly nor too girly. A vintage box? Perfect!

Take a look! We added some cushioning on the inside to make sure that everything is snug and safe.
I also have a little yellow Kodak camera case that I use to carry my wallet/phone/keys. They’re so cute together 😀
Match made in heaven.

Knitting

15 Jan

Any knitters out there?
I got into it so much this winter! I know it can be rather time consuming, but I prefer to view it as therapeutic and rewarding..
Plus, what an awesome gift to give someone!

‘Here, Merry Christmas, I only spent a million hours on this for you…’

After one or two bigger knitting projects, I decided to find a pattern that could be accomplished with minimal effort. Like, an hour or two max, please.

Elisa McLaughlin, a wonderful and very beautiful blogger, has a free pattern that is absolutely adorable! It doubles as a headband and a snug cowl! This pattern made for perfect Christmas gifts for my 3 sisters 🙂

Take a look at the end result!

Fabric Covered Suitcase

13 Jan

This post may be familiar to one or two of you out there.
This tutorial was actually featured on Sarah Hearts‘ blog! It’s a simple but fun DIY. Take a look!

Supplies:
1. Mod Podge
2. An X-Acto Knife
3. Fabric -about 1 1/4 or 1 1/2 yards should be plenty, depending on how big suitcase is. I used just under 1 yard total on this.
4. A paintbrush
5. Tape measurer
6. That darn ugly suitcase!

Playlist:
Stars -esp The Five Ghosts album :)

Cost:
$1.50  -$5.99 for Mod Podge. I only used 1/4 of that.
$1.00 -Garage sale suitcase
$4.00 -Fabric. $7.99 a yard plus a 50% off coupon. I only used a yard
$6.50 -Total cost of project!!! Not to shabby! I’m VERY proud of that actually :)

Now get goin’ gf!:
To start, I found this treasure of a suitcase at a garage sale. It’s old and ugly and a perfect for this type of project :)

The insides are still in tact and the handle is a little worn, but definitely not unusable.

Before I did anything, I cleaned it up (focusing on the parts that will not be covered with fabric) with a little magical help from a Magic Eraser. The suitcase had tons of scuff marks and wear on it but this helped clean that right up!

The next step is to measure the fabric that you’ll need. Section the project out (front, back, side panels) and figure out how much fabric it will take to cover each. Don’t stress about getting this exact. As a matter of fact, I added an extra inch to the dimensions to make sure that it was more than enough fabric to cover it. Example: There are two panels on each side of my suitcase that are 16” x 3” so I added an inch and cut out a rectangle to fit it. Easy.

You’re probably covering details like a handle and latches. I’ve seen people just cut big ugly squares around this and it looks terrible.. I left these details to deal with later and really only cut X’s around them at this point to make sure that I can glue the fabric around them. Remember, that X-Acto Knife will help you make it look perfect later.

Take your paintbrush and brush the area you’re covering with fabric with Mod Podge.

Don’t put too much or it’ll get messy! I started with a full 16 oz container of Mod Podge and used about 1/4 of it total on this project, even after putting a final coat on top!

As soon as this dries, which shouldn’t take too long at all, grab that X-Acto Knife and have at it! Remember to be careful when using sharp tools ;)

As soon as you’re done detailing and trimming that extra fabric, you’ll have a fancy, like-new suitcase! Add an extra layer of Mod Podge to make sure that the fabric is nice and secure on there, let it dry for a bit, and you’re done!

It’s a simple as that!