Saturday, January 23, 2010

Snow + Time + Scraps = Tutorial (sort of)

A very belated "Happy New Year" to everyone! I am just getting back into the swing of things here as I learn to balance grad school with work, family and Polka Dot Pixie making.

Our little town was smack in the middle of the outrageous storm that has been pounding the west and it brought record snow here as seen in my house photo below....

One happy result of the snowfall was me with some rare time on my hands in my studio.

I think when you craft "professionally" , you don't often remember to take time to craft for your self. An MP3 player carrier has long been on my "to make" list, and felting is one of my non clay crafting loves... so here's what I did.... (sorry about the quality of these photos.. taken on a dark and snowy day)

I started with the dregs of an out of date, ill fitting wool jacket, cutting out a couple of rectangles to fit the dimensions of my beloved Sansa Fuse.

I then cut out another scrap of pink polka dot cotton. I felted this wool monkey face right on to the cotton (I used leftover upholstery foam for my felting pad).

I sewed the polka dot cotton to one of the wool rectangles, then stitched the rectangles together into a pocket (raw sides out) turned the "pocket" inside out, made some tiny slits to thread a ribbon through and viola...
A happy little MP3 case that I can wear around my neck as I jog, houseclean and more!

I hope your 2010 has gotten of to a wonderful start. I will be back on a regular posting schedule as I get my new routine settled.


vivian said...

Jenny, how adorable that is! I dont have an mp3 player, but I have a cell phone that might use a pocket! hmmm.. now I just need some time! Thanks for sharing such a cute idea!

Robin Thomas said...

Right, just busted out a monkey, eh? Brilliant!

Nancy said...

That is so darn cute! I must get my felting out and try it. Love it!

Karin said...

Too adorable! So how is grad school going? I can't believe you have time to do any artwoark. I went crazy over Christmas with the paper clay. I made a bunch of little snowmen heads that will have to wait until next Christmas.....Are you still planning on coming back to PaperTales this spring? Talk to you soon! K

My Favorite Things said...

Oh my gosh! That is amazing. I love it! Kim

Mermaids of the Lake said...

Now that is cute and clever!

Mermaid Debbie

Blissitydoodah said...

Jenny! I miss you!
So sorry to hear you have to move and I am hugging you!
This little craft is making me want to hang it around my neck and run...
I love it :)