Sunday, March 13, 2011

Upcycled vinyl: Ipod case/change purse/whatever you want it to be!

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Ok, so today has been rough for me craft-wise. I am trying desperately to make a good variety of wares for the scholarship tournament, and in the meantime my dog wants to play. I had to stop and go run around with him a few times. Right now, he is sound asleep. Phew. It really is like having a baby again.

So, one of the things I made today, started with the left over sleeves from the "puppy leather jacket" project (that I have YET to finish). I looked at it and thought, hmm...I see ipod pouch!

So, in an effort to battle off the crazy doggy, I had to cut out a few photos. However, it is a very basic project, so I think I can give you enough details. You don't have to use vinyl. You can use ANY fabric that is heavy enough: felted wool, leather, oilcloth, etc.

Step One: Turn sleeve inside out. Determine how you want it to look, sew across bottom. I also sewed up and down the two sides, because I thought it looked a little tighter that way.

Step Two: Turn it right side out. I decided to add an edge across the top, using a shoelace. I know, why a shoelace? It happened to be an extra I got with a pair of shoes, and I added it to my ribbon bucket. I thought "Hey-this matches nicely." So, that's why a shoelace! Pin (if you are a pinner) and stitch all along the top.

Step Three: Choose a closure. I debated on a button, but screwed up when cutting the height of the project, so I had to go with velcro. I didn't want to sew it, so I simply hot glued it. It seems fine!

I wish I had beige velcro, but I only had black. So, black it is!

Step Four: I added a flower and leaves. The leaves/beige color are just the inside of the vinyl. I used the technique for making flowers in my "Jeans and a Sweater" post. They are simply hot-glued together. Make sure the glue is nice and hot.

So, voila! A cute purse/ipod case. I am thinking it works best as an ipod case...but this can be adapted to make a simple coin purse too!!


  1. What a cute idea! Maybe my ipod wouldn't be broken if I'd had one of these....

    Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting on my button eggs!


  2. That is so clever!!

    I shared it on my TT&J FB page and linked to you :) And stumbled it.


  3. Such a cute "whatever". Trust me the black velcro does not take it away from its cuteness. :) Thank you for linking up to my K.I.S.S. blog bash last week. This weeks blog bash is in full swing again!! If you haven't already please be sure & link up more of your creativity, I look forward to seeing all your great ideas. :)

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