January 2, 2009

Sweater Project #4: mp3 Player Cosy

Posted in Make tagged , , , , at 3:54 pm by onetinyacorn

I inherited a nice mp3 player recently, which means that I can no longer disparage the whippersnappers who walk around in an oblivious haze. I’ll miss overhearing hilarious snippets of conversations, but relish no longer being forced to listen to loud phone conversations on the bus. Particularly when they’re boring; if you’re going to be loud, at least be interesting. Anyways…

I quickly realized that I needed a pouch for my new gadget. Something soft, so that it wouldn’t get scratched-up, and with at least two pockets (one for the device, and one for the speaker thingies–I refuse to call them earbuds. That is an uninspired and vaguely icky-sounding moniker). Velcro closure, for quick opening and closing. Enter The Sweater. At this point, there’s not a ton of fabric left, but enough to whip up a little something that meets my specifications.

skill level: beginner

time: 1 hour

materials: sweater, mp3 player, ruler, marker, scissors or rotary cutter and mat, pins, iron, thread, velcro.

1. Lay out your sweater remains on–what else?–a hard, smooth surface. Position your mp3 player on top of the fabric. I measured an extra 1 inch from the edge of the player around the bottom and sides, and 2 1/2 inches from the top, for the flap. Carefully cut out three identical rectangles from your sweater fabric.

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2. Fold over the top rectangle–this will be the flap that encloses your mp3 player in its fuzzy cocoon. I allowed roughly 1 inch between the top of my player and the fold, so that it wasn’t stuffed in there tightly.

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3. Repeat step two on the opposite side of the fabric sandwich, so that the outer layers are folded outward, but the rectangle in the middle is left unfolded. Make sure that the outer layers are the same length. Like so:

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4. Pin all three layers together, making sure that the edges align.

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5. Stitch all layers together, ignoring the top flap for now. You can machine or hand-sew, roughly 1/2 an inch from the edges of the fabric. Clearly I wasn’t too worried about perfect sewing:

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6. Now turn it right-side out. The longer rectangle, which was in the middle of the sandwich, should magically be on the outside now.

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7. Sew the edges of the flap, folding each edge in approximately 1/2 inch. Fold in towards the inside of the cosy, so that those exposed edges aren’t visible when it’s closed.

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8. Now sew on the velcro strips. I used the softer piece of velcro on the flap, in case the player brushes against it when I’m removing it. What I did was position one piece of velcro on the edge of the flap (but not to the very edge–I left about 1/4 inch of fabric around the velcro), sewed it on, and then aligned the complimentary piece (you might want to have your mp3 player inside the cosy at this point, to account for any warping of the fabric that may take place). I pinned the complimentary piece in place, then sewed that.

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9. And…presto! A cosy with two pockets: one for the player, and a separate one for the headphones. The cord easily extends outside of the flap, without it being too roomy inside.

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If you’ve made four projects out of your sweater, and you’re still hungering for more, you can use those scraps to stuff inside of a homemade pincushion. It’s a great use for those teensy little fabric bits that are pretty useless otherwise. For instructions on making your own pincushion, I recommend searching for “pincushion tutorial.” There are tons of good tutorials and photos out there.

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