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on Dec 5, 2013 in Blog, blogging others, tutorial | 0 comments

Guest Phone Hangout | ReannaLily Designs | Small Sewn Gifts

Guest Phone Hangout

This Small Sewn Gifts Sew Along project is a pretty practical and made completely from scraps.  It would be a fun host/hostess gift or even a fun party favor type gift for guests at your own party.  And here’s the best part, this tutorial for a hanging phone charger can be made as described here or adapted to an existing “mug rug” you may have from any various quilty swap.

Supplies

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2 fabric rectangles measuring 5″ x 14″  ((These may be pieced or solid pieces for fabric.))

1 scrap batting rectangle – I used 80/20

1 stiff interfacing square measuring 5″ x 5″  (*You could use fusible interfacing; I just don’t have any one hand.)

2 pieces of 1/4″ wide ribbon measuring 10″ each

Glue stick (*If you do not have fusible interfacing.)

Construction

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Wrap the stiff interfacing around one end of the batting.  Use the glue stick to hold the interfacing in place.  (You’ll notice my interfacing is a bit smaller than 5″.  Let’s agree to ignore that?  Sounds good.)

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There ya go.  It is wrapped over the top edge.  (above)

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With the batting and two fabric pieces, build your quilt sandwich.  Lay the backing fabric, right side down, the batting, then the top fabric on top of each other in that order.  Pin the three layers together.  NOTE: If your fabric is directional (Like Christmas Trees) make sure the interfacing end of your batting is at the “top” of your project.

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Quilt it however you like.  I went with the speedy quick channel stitching.  If you are making more than one of these, you would want to use a bigger piece, quilt the whole thing, then cut it down to size.

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All the quilting is finished.  Looks like a mug rug, right?  If you have a mug rug that you’d like to breath new life into, grab it.

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I flipped the piece over and then squared up the ends.  The quilting caused a bit of shifting and a tiny bit of shrink, so the piece is cut down to 4 3/4″ x 13 1/2″.  You may not have much shift or shrink depending on how your quilting goes.

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This is where you can use a finished MUG RUG from here on out, if you like.

Fold the end up 3″.   This will make the pocket.  Notice the edges are not finished.

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Make two small marks, per side, about 1/8″ from the edge and 1/4″ from the corner.  These small marks will be where you stitch small 1/4″ button holes.  You could choose to add eyelets here, if you have eyelets and eyelet pliers.  Follow the manufacturer’s directions for that.

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I love my button hole foot so much.  Just set it up, turn a knob, slide a stitch length to 0/zero and you’re set.  So apply 4 button holes.  Two per side.

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Guest Phone Hangout | ReannaLily Designs | Small Sewn Gifts

 

Slice those dudes open with an Exacto Knife or craft knife.

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Next, make the opening for the Hangout to Hang Out.  I’m making this one for an iphone, so I grabbed the iphone brick and traced it 1/2″ from the top edge.  It is important that the interfacing is inside this piece, giving it extra stability so the Hangout doesn’t start to sag.  If you are using a pre-made mug rug, you may consider adding some kind of fusible interacing/stabilizer to the back of the rug, then concealing it with a patch of fabric hand-stitched over the interfacing.

Trace the brick and remove the shape using a craft knife or shape snips.

Guest Phone Hangout | ReannaLily Designs | Small Sewn Gifts

Guest Phone Hangout | ReannaLily Designs | Small Sewn Gifts

Almost done!  Apply a satin stitch around the entire perimeter of the piece and completely around the charger opening.  The photo below is what my machine’s satin stitch looks like after only one pass.  🙁  So, not a problem- Just stitch around the piece twice.  I do the same thing in my Drink Coasters Tutorial.

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Of course, using a thicker thread probably would have helped, too.

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The second pass turned out alright.

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Of course, choosing matching colored thread would have helped, also, instead of white thread on solid deep red, but either way, I’m good with it.  Let’s move on.

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Next up, and the final step, I might add- finishing up the pocket.  Add the ribbon to secure the fold in place.  The ribbon will be placed through each buttonhole, then tied with a bow.

Guest Phone Hangout | ReannaLily Designs | Small Sewn Gifts

Guest Phone Hangout | ReannaLily Designs | Small Sewn Gifts

How about we take a look at how the hanging phone charger looks “in action”.

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Yep.  There it is.  Cord is contained.  Plug looks nice and festive.  Phone is off the counter and out of the way.  Hum, and for some reason, now I want a glass of wine.  Hum.

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After I finished this Small Sewn Gift I thought, it might be fun to have done a raw edge fusible applique a monogram on that pocket.  Or maybe even some rick-rack to make it look more gingerbread house-ish.   Rounding those top corners would look good, too.  Anyway, I’ll leave all that fancy-schmancy stuff to you guys.


This project is part of the Small Sewn Gift Sew Along.

Mane Tamer – Hair Accessory Organizer – by Beth at Eva Paige Quilt Designs
Doll Dress Pattern – by Melissa of Lilac Lane
Wonky Pincushion – by Leslie Tucker Jenison
Russian Nesting Doll Mug Rug– by Allison at Downtown Quilter
Quick Scarf – by ReannaLily Designs
Holiday Note Card – Using Fabric Scraps – by ReannaLily Designs
Notebook Paper FABRIC Gift Tag – by ReannaLily Designs
Recycled Sweater Owl Ornament – by ReannaLily Designs
Minky-Lined, Custom-Fit Mittens – by ReannaLily Designs
Guest Phone Hangout – Charging Station – by ReannaLily Designs

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