Thursday, June 10, 2010

WIPES CASE

I love making these wipie cases. My sister in law made one for me when I had my little girl (the one on the top left). I loved it so much that I thought I would make this my standard baby show gift. They are really simple and it makes the case of wipes so much cuter. On an even better note, you'll always know which wipe case belongs to you! I lose things all the time, but I've had my wipes case for over a year now (pretty impressive... I know!).
I've had a couple people ask me how to make them, so here it is.
STEP 1: Gather your supplies.... I've put on lots of pictures because I hate tutorials that tell you what to do and but don't show you (so I hope my pictures help).
1. A travel size Huggies hard wipe case with a small door in the top to pull wipes through.
2. Material, just enough to cover the case front and back, (7 inches x 10 inches, twice!)
3. Sewing Trim. There are so many different options. I try to pick ones that are about 3/4 cm wide. You'll need 1.5 yards in length.
4. Ribbon, 10 inches length, any width would work (mine are usually 1/4 -3/4 inch)
5. Batting, enough to cover the top of wipe case (7 inches x 10 inches), about 1/4-1/2 inch thick.
6. Buttons, I know they aren't in the picture, I didn't use any on this one, but I love adding buttons. I'll be sure to tell you when to add them in the steps.
7. Oh yeah, a hot glue gun and glue!
STEP 2: Hot glue the batting to the top of the wipe case, you'll be covering up the little door that is there. I use quite a bit of hot glue, I'd hate for this to fall apart on whoever I give it to. Once it is glued on trim the excess. You don't need the batting to hang over the edges at all, so just cut it to the shape of the case.
STEP 3: Lay your case on your material and cut a rectangle around the case, leaving about 1 inch of extra material on each side. Remember you need two pieces (double your material or cut it out twice).
STEP 4: A-Start with the short edge. Hot glue along the edge (not right on the edge you need to be able to trim off some material, See step 6) and then stick your material down (make sure if your using strips that you have them lined up before you glue it down).
B-Next, glue your material to the batting. I usually make 2-3 lines of hot glue then pull my material taut over the glue(I don't like fold/creases in the material). Work from the first edge that is glued down. Once you get to the opposite short end glue that edge down.
C- Last glue the long edges, this is easiest if you glue half the length at at time.
STEP 5: Glue down the corners. Put a small dot of glue in the corner and pull the corner of your material taut over it.
STEP 6: Trim the excess material, make sure to cut it down to expose some of the wipes case (only a little, about 1/4 cm), you'll need that so you can hot glue down the trim.
STEP 7: Repeat steps 4 and 5 to cover the bottom of the case. The only difference is the lack of batting. So just hot glue the material straight to the wipe case. You'll be able to feel the hot glue strips through the material, but don't worry about that. This is what your case should look like after competing step 7.
STEP 8: A- Cut your ribbon to about 10 inches long. If there is a pattern to you ribbon, make sure you have the part you want. Mine has words that I didn't want to cover up, so I didn't use buttons. If you have BUTTONS now is the time to sew them to your ribbon. I usually use 3 buttons and sew them on in a row, right next to each other. Then I place my ribbon so all the buttons are on the right side of the case (off center).
B- Hot glue the back of your ribbon, about 6 inches in the center of the ribbon.
C- Place your ribbon on your case. I usually do mine just down from the middle. Once you have it where you want it, glue down the remaining ribbon, on the edges trim off any excess, to be even with where you trimmed down your material.
STEP 9: This is where all your hard work comes together, and makes the case look like something you'd be willing to give as a gift.
A-Start on the bottom of the case, on the back side (NOT where the little tabs are that help you open it- that's the front). Place one dot of hot glue right at the back and stick your trim/edging on it. Most edgings will fray so, once it is stuck in place you want to add a small amount of hot glue on the top. This will glue the edges together and prevent it from fraying.
B- Put hot glue on the edge of the case, in a 1 -2 inch section.
C-Pull your trim/edging down over the glue, making sure not to over lap where the case should open, but making sure to cover the raw edge of your material.
Continue around the case until you are about 1/2 inch from where you started.
STEP 10: A-When you get to 1/2 inch from where you started, cut your edging so it will butt up to the starting edge.
B- Glue it down then add another small dot of hot glue to the top of the trim/edging, to prevent fraying.
Repeat steps 9 and 10 on the top of the case, it is usually easier to do this one with the case open. That way you can be sure to not glue the case shut. Line the edge of your trim/edging with the edge of the wipes case.
THAT'S IT! Now you have a cute wipes case!
The best part is picking out materials and ribbons. I have never made two that were the same, I try to match them to the personality of who I'm making it for. HAVE FUN!

3 comments:

Jennica said...

I totally dibs one of them when I have kids...(years to come) but still. DIBS. :)

Kenzie said...

I am going to make one this week! Thanks for the idea! Hopefully I don't mess it up!

casey said...

This is a wonderful idea. I'm 18 and I still use baby wipes. Everyone makes fun of me for having a Winnie the Pooh or Cinderella packages of wipes in my bag. Now I can make a container that looks more sophisticated and very crafty. Your photos were a great help, I totally agree that tutorials are better with pictures and yours helped a ton. Great Job.
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