Finally, a Tutorial Tuesday!
Actually, this one was kind of an accident. I’ve been making these for almost 2 years now, and I don’t necessarily consider them part of my “tutorial” qualifications, because my Tutorial Tuesdays are designed to force me to learn something new and then share it with you. However, I am so SICK of seeing wipes cases for sale for $15-$20 dollars in boutique stores.
This is a ridiculous price to pay for something that takes 30 minutes to make.
1 Huggies Travel Wipes Case ($1.25 at Dollar General or $1.38 at WalMart)
felt, batting, or foam sheets (I use sticky foam sheets cause I’m lazy, but this can cost you anywhere from FREE to $1)
fabric (about the size of a sheet of paper) (If you use a fat quarter you’ll spend about $1)
Hot glue gun (best glue for me)
Thin (1/4 in) ribbon ($1)
If you have to purchase every single thing, it might cost you close to $15, but that’s including the glue gun! Usually this costs me about $1.25 because I have everything else.
First, take the wrapper off the case. (Duh.)
Trace the case on the foam with a pen, as close as you can to the smallest part of the case. You don’t need anything to hang out. It’s the same thing if it’s felt. If you use flattened batting, then you can cut to size. I use the foam because I don’t have to glue it to the case. Whatever you do, when you use hot glue, you must act quickly! You don’t want it to cool. You’ll end up with a lot of bumps and it doesn’t look good.
** Don’t be afraid to cut and paste to fit. You bought that foam! Put every last bit of it to use. No waste here!
My “pattern” is a 5.25 in x 9 in rectangle. You’ll have to trim a bit, but this is the size that works best for me.
Cut 2 pieces of fabric for your case.
I begin at the back of the case. I put a little bit of glue in the center, and put the edge of the fabric on it, making sure it’s centered. Then I finish gluing that side, then I do the front side, then I do the sides, leaving the corners unglued.
You can deal with the excess fabric on the front of the case (and you WILL have it) in a couple of ways. 1) You can cut before you glue, or 2) you can glue and then you can cut the excess off. I usually do option 2.
This is basically what the trimmed front looks like. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, as long as your ribbon can cover it up. 🙂
This is what it looks like with the corners untouched.
Next, you trim the corners, keeping them nice and contoured (yes, I cut a little too close in this picture). After you do that, it’s time to glue the corners. Want to know my trick?
I run a bead of glue under the fabric and I quickly roll my finger over the corner, catching all the fabric at once. If it’s done smoothly, then you will have no creases or folds. **Caution** This is when I am most likely to get hot glue on my finger. My hands are pretty much immune, but be careful at this point. 🙂
Next, you need to do your embellishment (the big ribbon on front and possibly the back).
Next, you glue your thin ribbon around both sides. Always, start from the back and work in short sections so your glue doesn’t cool. Like always, this is where I forgot to take a picture.
After you do that, you’re done!
Embellishments – the sky’s the limit!
These really are so easy and they are a quick, no-sew project!
Please, promise me you won’t spend an outrageous amount of money on one? At least, not unless it’s really, really, cute and you’ll NEVER find another one like it?