Remember the “Geek-Chic iPad Case” I made? And how I wish I had an iPad so I could keep it for myself? Well, now I have one of the “Mini” variety, and when I was offered the opportunity to try out some of Jo-Ann Fabrics’ new HGTV line of home decor fabrics, it seemed like the perfect use for them.
The top fabric is a print called “Urban Blossom Berry” and below is an upholstery fabric called “Checkered Past Berry”. (I was also sent some trim that didn’t make it into this project.) Purdy Purdy!
FYI, Jo-Ann’s is running a 50% off sale on all HGTV fabrics and trims from April 14 – May 4, 2013. Don’t forget to use the coupon below for extra savings!!! (Valid April 7 – May 4, 2013)
If you have never used home decorating fabrics before, they are thicker and stiffer than quilting type fabrics and I love using them for bags. These, like many other home dec fabrics come in nice wide widths, 54″ and 57″ wide. It’s nice to have that much more fabric to work with, just don’t forget to take the width of the selvage into account when choosing your project yardage. I’ve been thrown off by that before.
I’m really digging these happy bright colors. I am needing lots of happy and bright these to lift me out of my sleepless fog.
Because the original pattern (found in Lisa Lam’s A Bag For All Seasons) is made for the standard iPad, I used the suggestions in the book for scaling it down to Mini size. Just to be extra exciting, I tried out LiEr’s tutorial for making fully reversible bag straps. Verdict: Trickier than my fav method, but makes for a really slick finish.
Gosh, it felt so good to finish a sewing project, even if it meant working slowly in 5 minute segments, or doing as much as I could one-handed while carrying Vinny in a sling. My mom is in for a visit this week and she gave me a good chunk of sewing time on Monday that I used to finish it up. THANKS, MOM!!!!
What a relief to know that I am still “Jodi, Sewing Enthusiast“, even now that I have become “Jodi, Mother of Five.“
Disclaimer: I was provided with the fabric and trim review. I was not compensated for this post, and all opinions and content is my own.