Monday, February 4, 2013

February Craft Challenge 2013: A Cushion to PMT Relief Pack Repurpose!


Welcome to February's Craft Challenge! Following on from January's Leftover challenge, we are now tackling 'repurposing' items, transforming them into something fantastic. You can join in with the project too. Come back on Monday 25th February and link-up your repurposing projects! Before then Anja, PJ and I will be sharing our repurposed project with you each week.
 
Before I share my project with you, some of you might be wondering about last month's vote. Thank you to all 44 people who voted. It was a very close result!
Round 1 results:
1st - Craftbotic (Owl Door Stop)
2nd - Planned in Pencil (Yarn Garland)
3rd - Cocalores (Handmade tag stamps)
You can find all of these projects here.
 
I was very surprised that my little owl came top. I am quaking in my shoes for Anja's repurpose (sorry PJ) as she is VERY good at it. I knew I would have to bring my A-game. I will let you judge how I've done for yourself!
With one cushion cover, you too could make your 'lady-time' more attractive with a relaxing heat pad and a pouch to carry your products, painkillers and snacks in....and let's face it, you're not going to forget to pack you pads if you're carting them around in something THIS 'loud'!
 
Let's start with the heat pad. This was the easiest part of the project and perfect for beginners.
You will need:
1 x cushion cover (with a zip)
Scissors, pins, thread.
A sewing machine.
Half a metre of 100% cotton fabric.
Rice
Lavender (optional)
1. Take your cushion cover and place the zip towards you.
2. Measure upwards from the bottom. I used about a quarter of it.
3. Cut along the line.
4. Turn it inside out. Pull the zip down a bit and then pin along the raw edge. All you then have to do is sew it up. Seriously, the pouch part of the heat pad is done!
5. Grab your 100% cotton fabric. Check the dimensions of the pouch and cut one piece of fabric matching your measurements. (You can read mine on the post it.)
6. Iron your fabric, fold in half and then pin the long edge and one end. You need to keep one end open. Sew around the two sides.
7. Place your rice and lavender into a bowl or jug. Mix up until fairly even.
8. Pour in the mixture so that it fills part of your pouch. Push down, sew and then repeat until you get to the end.
9. Fold your end seam down twice and then pin in place, before sewing.
10. You can see that the pouch fills the space of the cushion cover.
11. And that it fits inside. To heat your pouch, take out the blue insert and place on a very low heat in a clean microwave. Make sure it isn't wet or you will cook the rice!
 
The pouch was a little more difficult, but not impossible as I successfully made it. Start by gathering some of your typical 'lady-products'. For the pouch you will also need:
Once sheet of felt,
A zip (I used a 10 inch - but only because I didn't have any smaller)
A sewing machine, thread, pins and scissors
12. Check the size of your lady products. Mine measured as above.
13. Cut down the seams of the remaining cushion cover and spread out the fabric.
14. Cut out two pieces of felt 16cm by 16cm (front and back). Cut two more pieces of felt 16cm x 2 cm(the top panels) and one more 16cm by 6cm (the bottom). Pin these on the back of your cushion cover fabric. Don't cut the shapes out yet!
You will also need to cut out two more pieces of the cushion cover 16cm by 6cm long (the sides).
15. Sew down the fabric at 1cm intervals to quilt the lining to the outside. Once this is complete, cut out the pieces.
16. Pin one of the top pieces to the front piece. Make sure they are right sides together. Sew along the top. Repeat this with the second top piece and the back panel.
17. Take the front piece and place the zip on the top edge (of the top panel just sewn on). Place the zip face down and pin. I pin on the opposite side from where I am going to sew. This is in order that I don't get caught in pins. Stitch the zip on. At this point, I flip the zip over and stitch again along the edge of the zip to keep the inner seam flat.
18. Put the front panel with the zip face up. Take the back panel and pin the top edge onto the top of the zip. Sew along to attach and flip over to sew the seam flat if you want to.
19. The step before this I sew the bottom panel onto one of the body pieces. To add the sides, take one of the fabric pieces. Pin across the zip face down and then sew across. Repeat with the other side.
20. Right sides together, pin the side panels to the two main pieces and bottom. You will need to do this one at a time. Sew up.
21. Repeat on the other side. Don't forget to pull the zip down a bit. You should now have an inside out pouch. Trim off the cotton and then turn it around the right way. Iron and stuff with your lady products, painkillers, and in my case, chocolate!
 
I have yet to use the pouch, but the heat pad has been very useful for after-gym aches and pains! It fits around my neck as a pretty nifty warming neck-rest. I still have some cushion fabric yet for my brain to find a use for. Who knew that one simple cover could turn into something so useful and cute.
 
Do I get extra brownie points that it only cost me £1 in a Christmas sale? I hope so. I also hope that you will join us on this month's crafting adventure. You can find our previous projects and the yearly challenge overview on our Pinterest board.
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3 comments:

Lieke said...

Looks awesome!!! I will start my project next week!

Cocalores said...

Looking good! Love the little ducky fabric, and your idea is really cool! You really got back into sewing there, awesome! Now I actually might have to step up my game... ;-)

xo

Jess @ Spool and Spoon said...

Wowzers. I have to step up my sewing game for sure. This turned out great! Even with such a detailed tutorial, I'd end up sewing it all shut or something. I definitely want to make the heating pad though because they are always the ugliest, most sterile colors at the store.

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