Saturday, September 12, 2015

iPad Mini Pouch

I bought a well-used My Melody quilted-material tote at a garage sale for 25 cents. I forgot to take a "before" picture so you gotta imagine how the tote looked before I cut it up. The pouch I made using it is on the left and the remnants of the tote is on the right. The material is small-kine faded and a bit worn, the handles were bust-up, and got some smudges on the pocket that didn't come out even after a washing. But for 25 cents . . . why not, yah?


I had trouble due to the thickness of the materials, and I broke the needle on my sewing machine trying to go through one particularly thick segment. Then I made the mistake of using an adhesive-backed velcro for the top closure thinking that I could also stitch it for double security. Nope. The adhesive gummed up my new needle and the thread too, so the velcro is just stuck on with no stitching.

I kept the already-made pocket intact and just had to reposition it. I'm thinking that you could even put your iPad in the outside pocket and put other stuff inside of the pouch if you like.

And then, got bonus. I made a small zippered pouch with an attaching lanyard using the leftover material that you saw in the first photo. It's about 7 x 4.5 inches and very lightweight. I ended up using all of the material from the tote except for the bust-up handles and a small patch from a corner.


Did you guess that this is a giveaway? Anybody want the pouches?

If you're interested, just leave a comment here or email me at and I'll put your name in a drawing. I have a few more bags that I want to give away, but because they're really nothing special and made with old, sometimes recycled material, I'm having a hard time deciding if I should just do a "first to email me" kind of thing or do a drawing. 

For now, for this one, I decided to make it a short-deadline drawing, and see how it goes. Winner of this drawing will be announced next Wednesday (9/16/15) morning. 


Kalin's Mommy said...

I like the ipad idea, too bad I don't have more of that tsum tsum fabric!

jalna said...

I knooooow, Mich!! That Tsum Tsum fabric you got is so cute. That's why I went to Kaimuki Dry Goods and had to deal with Ms. No-I-No-Like-Help-You.

Anonymous said...

j: this shows how big your heart is, you spent all that time sewing it just to give it away. Man, you're so kind. If I only had your patience to sew! I'd like to hear the Kaimuki Dry Goods story abut the No I No like help you.-N

Honolulu Aunty said...

I had to look up Tsum Tsum fabric - it is cute! If I ever come across any I will let you know.

Kaimuki Dry Goods - I know exactly what you mean! They are so snobby, like they were working at one exclusive designer bag place. They stretch the fabric so you barely get a yard. My girlfriend refuses to go there but sometimes she just has to because they really do have good fabrics. She says that they act like they have a corn cob up their okoles, lol.

Just up the ways on Koko Head Avenue, try Calico Cat. SMALL little crowded shop but Carol the owner is SO nice and always has great fabric to tempt me.

K and S said...

gah! I've tried to sew through adhesive Velcro too :(

jalna said...

Awww, thank you, N . . . but I'm actually not that patient. This is what happened at Kaimuki Dry Goods. I went to look for Tsum Tsum fabric. I had been there looking for awhile, but I didn't wanna bother anybody because they looked busy. Finally, when one of the girls walked past me, I quickly asked, "Do you carry Tsum Tsum fabric?" She looked directly at me and didn't say a word. I thought that maybe she didn't understand me so i repeated, "Tsum Tsum, that cute little stuffed Disney plushy . . . " She stopped me in mid sentence and said, "No, I know what you're talking about. We don't have any." And then she walked away. Wow, laulau.

Aunty, as always you're so descriptive!! I never heard of Calico Cat. I'll go check them out next chance I get.

Kat, at least it sticks really good. At least I hope it does.

Sandra said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I just inherited a hand me down iPad - yeh! So excited.This bag would be perfect.

Kay said...

You are just so talented and creative, Jalna! You make me want to go out and buy an iPad mini just so I can put it in a cute bag too.

jalna said...

Yay Sandra!! Good luck!

Funny, Kay! Thanks!

Mokihana said...

How cute is that!! You did a great job!

Susan said...

I don't have an iPad mini but I'd enter the drawing if I had a little toddler girl. I could put some stuff for her in there : ) lol

jalna said...

Thanks, Moki!

Awww, Susan, that's such a good idea.

Leslie's pics said...

that is so cute, and creative! Hey this hobby is lasting longer than all the others! :)

jalna said...

Good thing, Les, 'cause I keep finding good-deal fabric. I gotta keep sewing so that I use um up and not end up having a room full of fabric.

Nippon Nin said...

So cute! I feel like I would like to start sawing....nah!