For my second Gifty Galore project, I wanted to make a gift for someone else (go figure!). Last year, my friend’s husband bought her an e-reader and Connecting Threads just so happens to have a bunch of e-reader cover patterns from Whistlepig Creek Productions.
I’m much more traditional in the sense that I prefer my books to be actual books, but since my friend already crossed over into the other book world I figured I would give some life (and protection) to her digital monstrosity! I made up the eCozy Palooza Pattern using a combination of Technicolor Tidings prints and Bookish. The pattern calls for two coordinating fat quarters, but I used a few scraps I had and incorporated a few prints (rather than just the two).
I ended up using Glitter and Sparkling Snowflakes in Cherry from Technicolor Tidings as well as the Pindot Lattice in Apple from Bookish. My friend is a big fan of Christmas and will definitely appreciate these bright and cheerful holiday colors.
The project went together pretty quickly and without too many hiccups. This was my first time working with a stiffer interfacing, and while it was easy enough to use, I thought I was going to break my machine going through all of those thick layers. My project survived (along with my sewing machine!) and ended up with a nice and finished look. The edges are slightly crumpled and not everything is perfectly straight, but that's definitely a user error, rather than pattern error. I'm very grateful for how user-friendly the pattern was. The diagrams and instructions were very clear and had me moving through the steps rather quickly. I think the hardest part of the pattern was deciding which flap to use. There were a bunch of different options, but I went the easy route and chose the simpler, rounded corner one.
I must admit, I didn’t follow the directions to a T. I might have used an adhesive strip of Velcro and instead of using the button to cover up the Velcro stitches, I used the Velcro to cover up the button stitches. It’s still perfectly functional and finished looking though!
While I'm not much of a fan of e-readers, these little eCozies make me wish I had something I could use it for!