As if I need an excuse! Last week my mum picked up an awesome ‘shabby chic’ water jug from a car boot sale. Obviously I thought this was the perfect thing to store my knitting needles in. I was right of course, but this made my knitting needle case obsolete. If I’m honest, it had been of no real use for a while as I had three times as many knitting needles as I could store in the needle case. What I did need, however, was a phone case as I had already broken the screen of my phone and I had only had it a few months. I had been wanting to make one, but I hadn’t got round to buying the thin wadding. Luckily for me, the needle case was padded. A perfect excuse for a bit of make do and mending.
I was too busy cutting up the case to take a picture, but you get the idea of what it looked like before I took the scissors to it. I started by following a pattern, but the measurements were all wrong so I winged it. I cut two sections that were 2 cm bigger than my phone on all sides.
I quilted each piece of this individually with running stitch in a diamond pattern, and then stitched it all together, wrong sides facing, around three edges.
I then realised I had to unpick the top inch on either side so I could fold the raw edges in on themselves and sew in a tab for the button, I used a piece of scrap blue ribbon to make the button tab. I slip stitched these edges together.
Then I removed the bias binding from the case and sewed it on to the case. I make it sound so much easier than it actually was. It was the first time I used bias binding for anything other than bunting and I must have unpicked it a thousand times. But, in the end I (kind of) got it to work. I sewed on a button and that was that, I got a free phone case and saved wasting some perfectly good material. What was left has been added to the fabric stash until I can get round to it, ahem.