Category Archives: diy projects

How to: Ipad/tablet case cover

April 15, 2013

I’ve been using my Bamboo drawing tablet (in place of a mouse) for a few months at work in an effort to reduce shoulder strain. After months of carrying my tablet to and from work wrapped in bubble wrap, I finally sewed my case in a few hours one wintery afternoon. It was surprisingly very easy to make a cover for your tablet or ipad.

It’s a very simple felt cover secured with some magnetic clasps. It has an inside flap which inserts into the felt case providing alittle extra cushion for your device.

This felt fabric was came from a beautiful wrap Hilary Radley felt coat I found in a second-hand store afew years ago. I thought the coat was too long so I trimmed the coat and there was enough extra material to make a cover for my drawing tablet and  this lovely felt necklace too – see here for tutorial.



What you will need:

  • Fabric – you’ll need fabric at least 3 times the area of your device
  • magnetic snaps (for purses and totes)
  • small strips of leather or belt webbing


  • Optional: To add some shape and rigidity, I inserted a cross stitch plastic canvas in the middle panel and sewed a piece of velvety fabric over top to secure plastic canvas. (Cross stitch plastic canvas can be found at Fabricland or in the craft departments of Target, Walmart or alternatively use any other flexible, sturdy material).

Step 1: Make a hole close to the edge of the leather strap using an awl and attach the magnetic snap. Place a dab of glue, and fold the leather strap over the snap and glue in place.

Here’s a detail of how the closure will work in the finished stage.


Step 2: Attach the matching part of the magnetic snap to the felt fabric about 1 inch from the edge.  Fold the fabric over to cover the back of the snap and sew a seam.  

Sandwich the leather straps between the 2 pieces of fabric (Place leather strips on the same horizontal with the snaps so that it will close properly.) Sew fabric together.


Step 3: Assemble together Trim the flap on an angle so the flap can easily insert into the device cover. Sew case together at the sides and flip inside out. Add some top stitching if you want and you’re to ipad case, DIY ipad tablet case


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How to: Mittens for babies

January 23, 2013

My son bolts out of bed everyday (that includes weekends too) and says, “Let’s get the day started.” He looks forward to everyday, playing, drawing and building.  Even though I forget, I’m reminded to have fun everyday. Wishing you all a year full of curiosity and wonder.


Here’s a simple way to make some mittens for your wee little ones. These red ones were hand-me downs for when my son was afew months old. I thought it was such a great idea that I made a few larger versions until he was 18 months. It doesn’t take much fabric and old polarfleece shirts are perfect for this project.




What you will need:

  • polarfleece fabric (enough fabric to cover your baby’s hand)
  • decorative ribbon or string
  • optional – windstop fabric

Step 1: Trace the shape of your babies hand. Cut 4 mitten pieces. Cut 2 cuff pieces that is twice the width of the opening. Use some warm and cosy polarfleece. I doubled mine with a thin layer of windstop fabric.


Step 2: Sew or serge the edges of the mittens. Sew the cuff, fold over and attach to the base of the mitten. I also attached some string so that it could be threaded through your babies snowsuit. Stay warm!




How to: Take note

October 2, 2011

A colleague of mine introduced me to these little notebooks that I’ve been love using. They are not so precious to use and a great size to have anywhere. I bought a package of 4 for $1 at Dollarama and covered them with some decorative Japanese Paper.


What you will need:

  • Notebooks (these were from the dollar store, Dollarama)
  • Japanese paper or decorative paper
  • Glue stick or white glue


How to: Cut a piece of paper a little larger in length so that you can wrap the edges around the cover. The notebook will have a nicer feel when you are opening it.  I just used a glue stick but a stronger glue is highly recommended. It doesn’t take long to make, I covered all the little books while talking on the phone!


Here are other note books I’ve covered over the years. Some leather cover ones also, (Here’s some how-to instructions from a previous post)

Recently, a friend of mine was in Italy and gave me this cute notebook from Fabriano. It is a little taller in height, has a pocket in the back and the paper is stitched together.  I haven’t decided what kind of writings or sketches to put in it. Does anyone else have hesitation when starting a new notebook? Do you suffer from sketchbook anxiety?



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How to: Caftan/beach cover-up

August 7, 2011

It is about 7 pm and the thermometer is reading about 32 celsius, in the shade!! It has been one hot month in Toronto. This is what I’m going to make tonight as I have a poolside BBQ to go to this weekend and it’s feeling alittle too warm in our non-air-conditioned house to even wear clothing.


Source: twoASOS, a how-to make a beach cover up from a cotton scarf from Martha StewartEmersonMadetwo


What you will need:

  • fabric (Cut a rectangle to suit your body size. It can be anywhere from 26″-35″wide x 36″ or longer in length.)

Here’s my stash of (pink) cotton fabrics from an Indian fabric store and some light gauzy material that I think would be perfect for making a breezy caftan to wear around the house+beach. I love looking at fabrics from Indian stores because of their unique patterns and designs. Fabric for the purpose of making punjabi suits or sarees are usually about 6m of fabric (great value).


Step 1: Cut a rectangle to suit your body size. It can be anywhere from 26″-35″wide x 36″ or longer in length.  Fold the fabric in half and cut a hole for your head with about 1″ extending into the back so that your caftan can rest naturally on your neck. Also, make your cut in the front alittle wider so that you have some fabric to gather.


Alternatively you can fold your fabric lengthwise, mark your center seam and cut your neck hole.caftan_6

Step 2: Gather the fabric at the neckline base. Finish your seams at the neckline. You can add a decorative placket or just finish the seam with one length of binding. With right sides to together, sew the sides together and you are finished.

And here’s the final result. I ended up tapering the sides to the bottom because the border didn’t quite reach the width of the fabric. I love it and it’s so comfortable to wear.


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How to: Clothes peg bag

July 14, 2011


It’s so nice to dry your laundry on a clothesline in the summer months.  I feel like it’s saves money and extends the life of your garments. I made this clothes peg bag from those promotional canvas tote bag that companies always seem to giving away. (I turned my tote inside out so that the promotional images are on the inside.) My tote is about 12.5″ wide and about 17″ tall. I think a smallish tote works well for making a clothes pegs bag. You can always trim a large tote to a smaller size.

What you will need:

  • a canvas tote bag
  • some contrasting fabric (1m x 1.5″) for the edging
  • and some velcro.

Step 1: Cut your tote (as shown in diagram) and a half oval piece for the top closure.  You can use the leftover scraps from the tote or your contrasting fabric for the top closure piece.


Step 2: Sew two strips of velcro to the top closure piece and attach it to the bag. Finish off with some contrasting fabric for the edging.