Wednesday, January 6, 2010

mp3 Covers Tutorial

Gracious! It's taken me forever to get to the computer and upload photos for this tutorial. My sincerest apologies for not posting sooner. Life has just been in the way this week. Here are two of the mp3 covers I've sewn to date...

For Son #1

For Son #2

Gather Your Supplies

You'll need:

  • Fabric scraps (Leather, Vinyl, or Sturdy Cotton)

  • Heavy Interfacing (optional, if you're using leather or vinyl)
  • Clear vinyl (for pockets)
  • Bias binding...about 1 yard(optional)
  • Small piece of Velcro
  • Scissors or Rotary Cutter
  • Matching Thread
  • Sewing machine (use a high # needle for sewing thicker fabrics)
Pattern Pieces 
You have some choices to make. Read through the entire tutorial before you begin. Cut out your pieces according to the image below. You should be able to click on the image and have a full-sized pattern to print. We'll be using ¼ inch seams for this project unless otherwise stated.
Binding the Pockets
We'll begin with the clear vinyl for the pockets. Take a piece of bias binding and stitch in place on the short side of the smaller vinyl piece (along the 2.75" measurement). Set aside. Take your second clear vinyl piece and stitch bias binding on the long side (4").

Stitching the Pockets to the Lining
Stitch the short pocket to the lining. Decide whether you want your short pocket on the right or left side. It doesn't really matter. It's more of a personal preference. For this tutorial we'll place the short pocket on the right. If you've chosen cotton for your mp3 cover, go ahead and fuse your interfacing to the lining fabric before you begin stitching the pockets.  Place the pocket piece (with the bound edge at the top) at the bottom right corner of your lining fabric. Stitch around three sides, leaving the bound edge open.

Take the larger pocket piece and place on the left side of the lining fabric. Place the bound edge facing right. Stitch around three sides, leaving the bound edge open. Set the completed lining aside.

Sew some tabs
 You have a choice to make. Do you want to create a belt loop for your mp3 cover? If yes, cut out another set of 2.5"x1" pieces from leather or vinyl. With wrong sides together stitch a scant ¼ inch around all four sides. Clip as close as you can to the stitching. Place on the right side of your back fabric. Stitch at the top and bottom, reinforcing the seam with backstitching.
Now, take your previously cut 2.5"x1" leather or vinyl pieces and place wrong sides together. Stitch around three sides. Clip as close as you can to the stitching. Place on the left side of your back fabric, centering between the top and bottom.

Stitch the Lining and Back
Place the lining fabric w/pockets and back fabric right sides together. You want to ensure that the longer pocket is sandwiched between the back fabric where you stitched the tab. Stitch around all four sides, leaving an opening (about 2.5"-2.75") for turning.

Clip all four corners. If you prefer, you can trim all the seams close to the stitching to reduce bulk. Turn right sides out. Finger press opening. Top stitch around all four sides. Attach one small piece of Velcro to inside of tab and another piece to back right side of cover.

Alternate Bias Binding Instructions

If you would rather bind your mp3 cover with bias tape, place wrong sides of front and back together. Baste or stitch around all four sides. Stitch bias binding in place, mitering corners as you sew. Finish with Velcro on the tab and back of your mp3 cover.

Here are more photos of my finished covers. Let me know what you think! Feel free to ask questions if something isn't clear. Happy Sewing! :o)

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