Monthly Archives: August 2013

Ahoy there Matey! iPad Mini Travel Cases

So, in preparing for a trip to New York, I knew we’d be taking the boys iPad Minis with us.  Since they were going to be going into their backpacks to carry on the plane, I wanted to make sure that they weren’t going to get all scratched up.  So, I put together these super cute little iPad covers.   As some of you may know, my friend Laura Kelly Walters has an awesome array of different products, including a few different fabric designs and buttons.   I just happen to love her Tossed Pirate fabric!  It’s so fun and so boy!!!    She is such a creative person and I truly admire her!   But here is how I made these awesome iPad Mini travel cases!!!


Materials used:

Laura Kelly’s Tossed Pirate on Blue Cotton Fabric, available online at Hancock Fabrics

Black Quilt Material

Guterman thread

A metal-less Hair rubberband

Laura Kelly Mix Buttons, from Buttons Galore & More


First, I measured the iPad mini itself and the cut my fabrics (8.5×11 inches).  I then pinned the quilted fabric together.  And since these are the same on both sides, it doesn’t matter which way you pin them.

quilted insidesI then sewed them together using the sewing machine, leaving the top open.

quilt sewingI wanted to make sure the iPads themselves would fit and of course they did, just right!!

measuringThen it was on to sewing the fabric together.  For the pirate fabric, I put the sides together with the right sides facing together.

fabric right sides togetherAnd then I sewed those together, again leaving the top open.

sewing fabricThen, taking my metal-less hair rubberband, I pinned it in place and sewed it to the outside of the fabric.

rubberband With the pirate fabric the turned right side out, I placed it inside the quilted pocket, making sure that the rubberband was tucked down in between the pockets.

rightside to right sideThen, I pinned the pockets together and began to sew around the top, leaving about two inches open so that I could turn the pirate fabric right side out and then stuff the quilted fabric into the pirate fabric, creating a quilted pocket!

baginbagLastly, I sewed on a big button from Laura Kelly’s Mix Button collection and then hot glued a coordinating button on top so that the thread was hidden.

buttonAnd Voila!  After inserting the iPad Mini, you can fold over the top just enough to cover the iPad Mini and hook the rubberband onto the button!

closedAnd there you have it!!! And there you have it!!! finished

Hope you like my iPad Mini Travel Covers!  They were fun to make and were quite easy!  I love them and so do the boys!!

Until next time…….

Tooth Fairy Pillow

Waiting for the Tooth Fairy!

My six year old, Landon is to the age where it’s time for those good old baby teeth to start falling out.  Luckily for him, the dentist had to pull his very first baby tooth because his new adult teeth were coming in behind his baby teeth.  After some x-rays, the great Dr. Dan said that the baby tooth would not come loose, so it would have to be pulled.  Landon was actually excited because this meant that the tooth fairy was going to come!  IMG_8342

I have had the idea of making a Tooth Fairy Pillow on my mind for quite a while.  And now the time is here!!!

Materials I used:

An embroidery machine

Felt, purchased from JoAnn Fabrics

Planet Applique’s Tooth Applique

Coats & Clark Thread

Fiskars Rotary Cutter and Cutting Mat/Ruler

Blue Ribbon

Laura Kelly Mix Buttons from Buttons Galore & More

finished pillow

First, using white felt, I appliqued the tooth.  I then cut it out right at the edge of the applique.   Next, I embroidered Landon’s name onto the blue felt.

tooth applique namingAfter his name was done, I lined up the tooth cutout and then using my sewing machine, I sewed it on, leaving the top unsewn so that it would create a pocket!

time to assemble

The it was time to cut it to the exact size I wanted it.  I cut it at 8×6 inches.

fiskars and trimmedI used ribbon to hang it, so I pinned the ribbon to the right side of the pillow and stitched it back and forth a couple of times at the top of the pillow so that it would stay in place once I began to sew it.

ribbon pinned

Before sewing the actual pillow together, I put the right sides of the felt together.  I guess the back doesn’t really matter since it is plain, but both the tooth and the ribbon needed to be on the inside of the two pieces.

right sides togetherThen, I sewed the edges together leaving about a 2 inch opening on the side, so that I could flip it right side out and stuff it.

sew togetherOnce it was flipped right side out, it was ready for some stuffing!

ready to be stuffedI used Poly-fil, which you can get from any fabric store, even Wal-mart carries it. I used Poly-fil, which you can get from any fabric store, even Wal-mart carries it. stuffing

I stuffed the pillow to my liking.  I didn’t want it too thick, but I didn’t want it too thin.stuffed

I wanted to add something to the ribbon so that it didn’t look so bare,….time to emblish

So, I added some of Laura Kelly’s Mix Buttons from Buttons Galore.emblish with buttons

All Done, with a cute little tooth pocket!!!a tooth pocketIn went the tooth in a little baggie that the dentist put it in.

tooth stuffed with tooth

And guess what the tooth fairy left?!?!?!tooth stuffed with money

$5 for the Big Boy that did an awesome job at the dentist getting his shots to numb it up and then to have it pulled!!!!wahoo money

Hope you enjoyed my little Tooth Fairy Pillow.   It beats the tooth fairy having to go searching under those pillows for the tooth, in which she could accidently wake the child!!!

Until next time……