Sunday, September 1, 2013

Sewing for School : Dresden Flower ipad Case

Well - this is it! The last day of summer vacation.
Ten weeks have come and gone and now it's time for the whole family to head back to class.
This year I have a 4th grader, a 2nd grader and a senior Kindergarten kid.  
And both hubby and I are returning to begin our 14th year of teaching - he in high school music and me, Kindergarten.

We all lug so much to and from school every day it's lucky that everything gets home safe and sound each night.
To aid in the transfer of technology without the risk of scratching and smashing (ugh!) I whipped up this ipad cover  using my favourite Dresden patchwork motif.  

I chose a charm pack of bright colours (Sorry I don't know the name of the fabric line, but it is made by Moda) and a background of bright orange.  

I re-watched THIS TUTORIAL to remind me how to put the plate together and I was off to the races!!

Instead of using some of the printed fabric for the centre of my Dresden "flower," I cut a large circle of felt to fill in the space.  It was my daughter who suggested I add interest to the circle by stitching it on in a variety of machine stitches.  
Smart girl, eh?

To stiffen the inside of the case, I cut a piece of plastic to dimensions that would slide inside.  
You want to know what kind of plastic I used?
I cut my rectangle from a cracked "slip'n'slide."  
You know - those thin plastic sheets on which  kids slide down snowy hills in wintertime. 
It was easy to cut and just the right thickness to add a layer of protection inside the soft-sided case I had made.
To hold the case closed I added a flap that fastened snugly over the opening.
A strip of stiff Velcro holds it firmly closed.
And now it is ready to begin its journey back and forth to school on a daily basis.
Hubby bought me these lovely sunflowers from the market today.  These flowers always signal the beginning of autumn for me.....

And there is definitely a chill in the air tonight.  The window is open and I almost wish I had my slippers on to keep my little toesies warm.
September, as always, will bring a mixture of hot, balmy days  and cool sweater weather .
Perhaps this is why it is one of my favourite times of the year!
Take care all,


  1. The slip cover you made is absolutely gorgeous! Love the colors and the stitching on the felt was a great idea! I am a kindergarten teacher too and am beginning my third week of school tomorrow. Best of luck as you and your family transition back into school mode...:)

    Blessings, Vicky
    Life On Willie Mae Lane

  2. LOVE IT! Happy school year to you and yours!!! S.T. Pitt Meadows, B.C.

  3. What a great idea! I'm hosing a candle giveaway on my blog that you should enter!

  4. What a colourful cover! Really clever. I hope you have a good start to the term. My two went back today, my eldest on his last year - a very stressed household this morning! Have a great week. Chel x

  5. How beautiful! The fabrics are really gorgeous!Thanks so much for sharing! Would love to have you visit my blog sometime.
    Have a fabulous day!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  6. So pretty THanks for linking up to the Block Party.

  7. SO pretty!! I love the stitching on the felt in the middle. You are featured in todays COLORFUL ROUNDUP!! I've shared on facebook, twitter and g+... feel free to re-share :o) Emily@nap-timecreations


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