How to Make a Felt Holiday-Mix CD Casecomments (7) November 12th, 2008
Christmas is coming and, this year, our wallets aren't so fat. We're all looking for affordable yet thoughtful gifts to give out. Mix CD's are a wonderful option because you get to share the music you love with the people you love! Here's a fun and festive way in which to package your tunes for the holiday season. You can make this case with any color of felt for any sort of music, but since I do love the holiday music, I thought I'd remain festive.
To make one case, you'll need:
- Felt (I used two different colors, green and red), enough for three pieces measuring 12 inches by 5-3/8 inches
- Thick interfacing (I used Pellon Peltex)
- Fabric glue
- Measuring and cutting tools
- Fine-tip permanent marking pen
- Clover Water-Soluble White Marking Pen (the best tool I've found for making removable guidelines)
- Embroidery floss and needle
- Extra-wide double-fold bias tape
- Paper scissors
- Paper glue
I cut the middle piece of felt in a contrasting color since it will be seen under the disc.
While the glue dries, figure out the layout of your design. I like to give my discs snappy names, so I chose to put the title of my disc on my case.
This is where the Clover white marking pen comes in super-handy. It's a chalk marking pen, and when you hit it with a steam iron the lines fade away. I drew out my guidelines and wrote out my title using the white marker. Once I was happy with my design, I went over the white marks with my permanent marker so that my design wouldn't rub away.
Now's the time to decorate your case cover. I chose to embroider mine (shocking, I know!), but you can also decorate it with foam pieces, felt appliqué, or with fabric paints. If you use glue or paints, remember to let the cover dry completely before you finish putting your case together.
Once my cover was decorated, I tacked it to the interfacing side of the lining felt with a bit of fabric glue. Now that the cover is done, prepare the interior of your case to hold your discs and liner notes.
Now that all your layers are done, you'll need to bind them all together. I used extra-wide double-fold bias tape, but you could also sew along the edges with your machine and trim the seam allowance with some pinking shears. If you don't want to use a machine, you can sew up the edges using a blanket stitch.
To make the liner note sheet, I cut a piece of paper that was 12 inches by 4-3/4 inches, folded in half. I folded the edges back so that they fit into the center slit in the case and glued the two folded halves together. The liner notes slide perfectly into the slit in the case. Once in place, glue the notes down into the case.
Now you're ready to share your craftiness AND your great taste in music with all your friends!