Hooray for Father’s Day on Sunday! (note slight level of forced enthusiasm) My other half consistently tells me he doesn’t want any effort at all for Father’s day, but then MILKS it on the actual day. It’s like living with Caesar. But he works hard, so I don’t mind. Not much. I only mind a little bit.
If you fancy making a last minute gift for pops, this tablet case we made for Brother Sewing UK is easy enough for children to make themselves with a little help from you. Made from old jeans or other denim scraps, it can be personalised with a hand drawn shrinkie button and embroidered message that kids can write directly onto the fabric.
You will need:
- 54 x 22 cm (non stretch) denim
- 54 x 22 cm orange lining fabric
- 54 x 22 cm thick fusible interfacing
- chalk fabric pencil
- orange embroidery thread & needle
- embroidery hoop (optional)
- 12cm leather cord
- Sewing machine
- shrink plastic
- colouring pencils
- hole punch
- Fold and press the denim in half across the width. Ask a clever child to personalise the case by writing something on the bottom, just above the fold using the chalk pencil – ‘Daddy’ or ‘Love Amelie’, or anything else that can easily be stitched.
2. If your child is old enough they can backstitch the text onto the denim using orange embroidery thread, otherwise you can do this bit for them following their markings. An embroidery hoop really helps to keep your fabric steady here.
3. Mark the centre on one end of the denim, on the right side of the fabric (the side furthest from the embroidery). Loop the cord and pin where marked, with the loop facing in. Sew along the edge of the fabric to hold in place.
4. Pin the denim and lining fabric rights sides together. Sew the ends of the fabric together with a 1cm seam allowance. Press the seams out to create a large loop of fabric.
5. With the fabric still inside out, open it up and lay it flat so that one side is denim and the other side is lining. Pin the sides together, ensuring that the sewn seams are lined up perfectly. Sew the sides, with a 1cm allowance, leaving a 10cm gap along one edge of the lining fabric to enable you to turn out.
6. 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. Insert the lining into the denim and press the whole thing flat.
7. To make your personalised button, cut a 6cm circle from shrink plastic. Colour in using pencils (pens will smudge) then punch two holes in the centre. Bake as per the manufacturers guidelines until your button has shrunk to button sized!
8. Markwhere the leather loop folds to on the front of the case and sew your personalised button in place here.
Pop in Dad’s ipad and hide it somewhere until Sunday. He will be so happy
With thanks to the lovely people over at Brother Sewing UK for sponsoring this post.
p.s. we have another shrinkie idea for dad on Thursday so if you need a Father’s Day card too, stick right with us.