This is another felting project, but a quick one. I know. Two felted things in one week. It’s almost too much to handle.
The last time I purchased a cellular (mobile) phone, nobody spoke of phones in terms of 4G, 3G, or even 2G. Not even just G. Blackberries were phones for people who had trouble leaving their work at the office. And the iPhone, and its subsequent smart phone progeny, was just a twinkle in Steve Jobs’ eye.
At the time, I bought a Motorola Razr, which was, back then, the thinnest phone you could buy and the height of fashion. Mine was pink. I loved it and used it faithfully for several years. Unfortunately, at my going-away party before I left Ottawa for Newfoundland, my boss’s husband picked me up and threw me in the pool, and my phone was in my pocket. And that was the end of my phone.
For four glorious years here on the Rock, the Pie and I have lived without the constant connectivity of a cellphone. Once we got used to it, we came to relish the freedom it afforded us. Recently, however, we have come to discover that not being able to reach our friends (or each other) when we are out is more of a problem than it used to be. So last weekend, we both bit the bullet, and with the friendly and knowledgeable guidance of Rick T. at the Telus store in the Avalon Mall, we both purchased our first cellphones in several years.
Mine is an HTC Amaze, a rugged little smartphone that uses the HTC Sense Android operating software. I can blog on it, check my email, the weather, the news, and send messages to people all over the world. It’s also like a Swiss Army Knife: it gives me cooking conversions, has a flashlight, a bubble level, a metronome … I haven’t actually used the real PHONE part of it yet, but Cait tells me that that’s not what phones are for anymore. It’s a little odd to think that I have more technology in the palm of my hand than was on the first ship that landed on the moon.
The thing I like best about my new phone is actually old technology: if I plug a pair of headphones to it to act as an antenna, I can get FM radio!
Anyway, as you know, I am the world’s clumsiest person, which was why I picked such a durable little phone. Because of its construction, there aren’t a lot of cases out there for the HTC Amaze, but I do still want to protect the extra-thick glass screen from unfortunate scratches. So I thought I’d make it a little pouch.
I made one for the Pie’s iPod Touch two years ago. It has a little extra room in the top of the fold-down flap to hold headphones. You can make these as quick and easy gifts. They don’t take long.
You will need a rectangle of fabric that is a little bit wider than the object you want to cover and a little bit longer than twice the length of it. Felt is a good one to use, because you don’t have to hem it, but you could use any fabric.
I prefer felted wool here, because it’s thick enough to provide a bit of a cushion, and the stretch of it makes it easier to get the phone in and out of the pouch.
Place your object on the fabric and shift it around until you have it where you want it. You want it to be wrapped up so that when it’s all sewn you end up with an overlapping top flap. See my clever use of the sleeve ribbing here?
Pin that in place and remove the object. I left plenty of room on the side for my headphones.
Now you can sew. If you are using felt, you don’t have to worry about seaming or seam allowances, so you can just sew on the outside. This means that you can use a contrasting thread, which will look pretty. I used a thick embroidery floss here.
Feel free as well to add embellishments, like buttons or badges or ribbons.
Whatever you like. It’s so easy you can just go crazy. This may very well be the girliest item I own.