My husband is taking a trip to Georgia for a grad school interview in a week (shout out to all you Georgians!!) and realized that he needed a GPS. After bringing home his new toy, he asked if I could make some sort of protector/cover/sleeve for it. I told him yes, as long as I could use some darling-cutesy fabric rather than some boring masculine stuff. He agreed and muttered that he would just be shoving it in the glove box anyway…
He’s a good sport.
But just think of all those electronics that need some protection. Just slip your GPS/PDA/cell phone/etc. into a nice little cozy. Yeah, with all of that super soft minky lining…..your electronic will love you.
So necessary, right?
Okay……….and darn cute.
Would you like to make one too?
- scraps of cotton fabric
- scraps of minky fabric
- sewing machine, scissors, thread, etc.
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(By the way, the construction of this is exactly like the diaper case found here. If those directions were confusing, I demonstrated the process here a little differently but it’s made the same way.)
Cut out a front and a back piece out of the cotton and the minky. Measure how big you’ll need your front and back piece and then add a 1/4 inch to all sides for a seam allowance. Make the back piece about 2 inches longer so that it can flap over the front piece to close. I made my front piece 4.5 x 5.5 inches and my back piece 4.5 x 7.5 inches. So if you’re making a cozy for your Garmin GPS (standard…not widescreen), these dimensions should work great.
Then sew your front and back pieces together with right sides together, lining up the bottom edges. (1/4 inch seam allowance.) Do this with the cotton material and then the minky……..separately.
Then clip the bottom corners off of both the cotton and the minky.
Then, turn the minky right side out and slide into your cotton…which is still inside out.
Line up the upper edge and pin into place.
Sew all along the sides and top of the flap and about a half inch along the front. (click on the picture to see it bigger.)
Clip the upper corners.
And then clip at the corner where the back and front sections meet. Make sure to not clip through any of your seams.
Then sew around everything again with a zig-zag, just to reinforce it.
And now turn everything right side out through the section you left open along the front. Poke out the corners and line everything up. Tuck the raw edges of the opening inside
Then sew along the entire opening…….along the flap and the front. This will keep everything in place.
And lastly, attach some velcro.
Then slide in your GPS/PDA/cell phone/etc.
Nice and cozy.
Enjoy your weekend.