Each day I see darling craft projects on blogs and websites. Many promise to be a snap to make. Every once in a while I actually believe this and take on a little sewing project. Hope springs eternal, and all that.
My latest foray into a sewing craft project was an ipad/ipod/smartphone/e-reader stand shown at Factotum of Arts. I thought it would be a nice item for my brother, whose birthday is coming up in May. I know he’s into all the above devices and often glances at them while eating. His cat isn’t much of a meal conversationalist, unless she wants to be fed.
So, I laid out my supplies and started sewing. When I got to the part where I was to insert a stiff piece of interfacing I realized that I needed to put two fingers inside my stand and the opening I had would barely allow one to fit. After struggling for a while I gave up and made the opening wider with my seam ripper. It still took me about 10 minutes to position that little interfacing strip.
Next came the stuffing. That went OK, except for the bits of fluff that clung to my clothes for the rest of the day. My slip stitching could stand some refinement, but better sturdy than pretty has been my motto. For the top part of my stand I used ground walnut shells I had rather than the rice specified. I think the key is to use something to give heft to the stand.
I think I could have pieced an entire lap quilt top in that amount of time. Next time I’m tempted by those oh so cute laptop cases or little zippered bags I plan to say no thanks. And really, it’s me, not the project designs.