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How to Make a Fabric Case for Photo Discs

comments (5) June 7th, 2012     

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leethal Lee Meredith, contributor
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Some stenciling with fabric paint personalizes this case more than it already was.
This project is a fabulous blend of unique beauty and functionality.
I made this case for wedding photos to match the colors and look of the wedding itself!
Some stenciling with fabric paint personalizes this case more than it already was.

Some stenciling with fabric paint personalizes this case more than it already was.

Photo: Lee Meredith
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Turn the piece right side out, and put the felt padding inside.


Adjust it until it's all smooth and flat.

You'll be sewing the sides closed, with the ties inside, so let's talk about the ties for a moment. You need to have one long tie and one shorter—the long one will come out from the front side, wrap around the whole case one or more times, and the short one will come out from the back to tie in front. For this case, I hand-knit an i-cord, making the long side about 19 inches (when slightly stretched) and the short side about 7 inches, so the long side wraps around only once. On my wedding case, however, I used lace ribbon and cut it much longer so that it can wrap around two, three, or four times. If you're using ribbon or yarn and can cut it to the length you want, you can just leave it extra long when sewing it in, then trim it the length you want once it's all done.

You need to sew the sides closed, with edges neatly folded in and ties enclosed; you can do this however you want. If you're machine sewing, you can do it all in fewer steps than I used, but I wanted my hand-sewing to be secure, so I first sewed the back side fabric over the felt, then stitched the ties securely to that layer.


Make sure your two tie cords/ribbons are on opposite sides—one near the top, the other near the bottom.

Then I folded the top fabric layer under and sewed through all layers up the sides. You could do some quilting on this piece now if you want to, but as long as the felt is sewed into the sides, it should stay flat and all together.


The case is now done except for the CD sleeves!

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Comments (5)

EchoLin writes: Love the red color and the style, good pattern.
Posted: 4:05 am on April 17th
SweetbriarStudio writes: This is such a great idea for a lot of occasions. I was just thinking it would be great to consolidate all the family photos we've scanned in (from really, really old photos) and give them to our daughter who had almost none of them. Kind of a geneology boxset :). But I also have 2 great girlfriends, college roomies, and we have spent many a rendezvous together. Maybe I'll take all my photos and put together a roomie album. Thanks so much!
Posted: 6:31 pm on June 17th
Sweet_Dee writes: Super cute albums!
Posted: 2:29 am on May 14th
ButtonsandSweetpees writes: This is a fabulous idea. I am the photograher around my house. I this would be a really good idea to make for the parents of my step-grandparents for Christmas. It could be Pictures on CD of the year and a DVD of video I've taken through out the year. Thank you so much for sharing.
Posted: 11:07 am on May 13th
JennieC writes: Very lovely. Great gift idea.
Posted: 6:30 pm on May 12th
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