A few years ago, back
when I had a life before I had kids, I did a big long adventure across the world with my friend. She asked me a while ago if I could make her a little stitched route map of our trip, so I thought I’d do one and turn it into an ipad case. I loved how easy it was (I know I always say that. But it was really easy – and really speedy too!). Here’s what I did.
You will need:
- 50 x 21 cm printed map fabric
- 50 x 21 cm lining fabric
- 50 x 21 cm thick fusible interfacing
- 10 cm ricrac/elastic
1. If you are marking on a route, sketch out your journey in air erasable ink first, then stitch over either by machine or hand.
2. Cut your fabric to size (the measurements above allow for a 1cm seam allowance). Fuse the interfacing onto the reverse of the map fabric.
3. Pin the map and lining fabric rights sides together. Sew one end of the fabric together with a 1cm seam allowance.
4. Now make the ricrac/elastic into a loop and pin it at the other end of the fabric rectangle, facing in. Put the fabric RST again to sandwich the loop then sew the fabric together along the narrow end, as before.
5. Open up the seams and Press them flat to create a large loop of fabric.
6. With the fabric inside out, open it up and lay it flat so that one side is map fabric, one side is lining, and the sewn seams are in the centre. Press flat, then pin all the way along the raw edges of the fabric – leaving a 10cm gap along one edge of the lining fabric (for turning). Sew along the edges with a 1cm allowance.
7. Turn the right way out. take the lining fabric and fold the raw edges of the 10cm gap in. Press, pin and slip stitch to seal the gap.
8. Insert the lining and press the whole thing flat. Mark out where the loop folds to and sew a button in place here.
See, that WAS easy and quick wasn’t it? Let’s make lots!