Stocking Stuffers

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I love the words quick and easy, especially when they refer to sewing projects. These vibrant cell phone cases are the ultimate in quick and easy. I made three in just under an hour, and I used up some very pretty scrap pieces of fabric.

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I stitched a variety of 1 1/2” wide strips of quilting cottons onto a 4” x 9” strip of cotton batting. Trimmed to approximate size. Stitched to the matching lining/backing and turned right side out. I then folded the now finished strip in half to form the case. Finally topstitched the sides and voila.

To make your own you will need some strips of cotton – I used 1 1/2” wide strips, but you can use any width that you like. And of course they don’t need to be the same width either. You will also need some cotton batting and thread.

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Arrange the strips of fabric in a pleasing order.

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Stack the first two strip with right sides facing. Position onto the edge of the batting and stitch through all layers. Press the top strip to the right side. I had my craft iron close at hand to make stitching and pressing faster. No getting up to go to the ironing board for me – way faster.

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Stack and stitch the next strip.

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Flip to the right side and press. Continue until the batting is covered. Then press and trim to approximate size.

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To size it for my cell phone. I tucked my cell phone into the finished strip and pinned the sides. I allowed for 1/4” seams and an extra 1/4” for ease along the width. You can make it as deep as you like, I made it so that approximately 1/2” of my cell phone shows at the top – makes it easy to pull out. Then cut the lining/backing the same size. Stitch together, leaving a 2” opening along the side. Trim the batting close to the seam. Trim the corners at a diagonal.

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Turn to the right side. Gently Push out corners and press. Fold in half, increase the stitch length to 3mm and topstitch the sides. I used the Left Edge Topstitch Foot to stitch the sides.

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SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAIf this is not quick and easy enough for you, maybe you’d like to make one in felt. I made this one in about 5 minutes. Simply cut, fold and topstitch!