Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Modern technology, and a winner


This week, I joined the 21st century when I bought my first smartphone. I know what you're thinking: this person who blogs regularly, who reads and comments on blogs every day, who obviously has a computer and a digital camera, who is married to an electrical engineer didn't already have a smartphone?! Nope. I did not. I had a prepaid flip phone, just for emergency use. It was fine, and I didn't feel I needed more. But life is changing; both of my children will be in school together starting in August, and while our chosen situation has them at home quite a lot, I should be more reachable if something happens at school. Like many parents, I do worry about school violence, but there is also illness, injury, and general communication with teachers. And, on a more selfish note, I'll now have a bit more time to myself and I don't plan to spend it all at home. So a more capable phone seemed like the right choice at this juncture.

It's only been a couple of days but it's fun so far! These phones can do a lot. I bought a Motorola phone, on the recommendation of my husband who did all the serious research for me. He knows far more about these things than I do. He explained them while I flicked through the pre-installed wallpapers and ringtones. I found a photo of French macarons for my wallpaper! I mostly concentrated on the macarons after that. Pretty, pretty. I can handle the pretty tasks. To that end, I made myself a phone case this weekend, using a tutorial from Jane's blog, Handmade Jane. She shared it last week, just in time for my big phone purchase. Her tutorial was easy and quick. I think the case came out really cute and it's a perfect fit for my new phone.


Adorable, right? I really like it. I won't rewrite Jane's excellent tutorial, but I'll proudly share my own case. My new phone is actually inside the case in the above photo; the case is a perfect fit for the phone and the whole thing fits nicely inside one of the inner pockets of my purse. Jane's phone looks to be the same size as mine, but she says she knows it will fit an iPhone too, so it's a very versatile pattern.


The pattern calls for a lining fabric and an outer fabric (as well as a piece of interfacing; Jane suggests the sew-in type but I only had the fusible kind, which worked fine). For my lining, I chose magenta pin-dots on white. This was a fat quarter from my stash. The outer fabric is by Brother Sister Design Studio, from 2012. I don't know the name of the fabric pattern, sorry. But I did get a great deal on it, $4 per yard on clearance at Hobby Lobby. It's a bit loud, but I really like it. The phone case seems a perfect place to use it; a little something splashy for my purse.


It was such a fun and easy little project (it's on a towel here because I often iron small items on a towel instead of dragging the ironing board to the kitchen, where I do my sewing). The case took about thirty minutes, including ironing the interfacing onto the wrong side of my outer fabric. The closure is done with a little bit of Velcro tape, stitched onto the pouch as well as the flap. There's a lot of top-stitching, which always makes me slightly nervous but it's such a small piece that isn't hard to make it look relatively neat. I used white thread for the whole thing, including the top-stitching; it's hard to go wrong with so many colors in the fabric.



It's a great fit for my phone and it would be for yours too, I'd think. The flap closes down securely too, keeping the phone snugly in place.



I'm mostly happy with my own workmanship. The right-hand side looks a little wonky from the back, where the fabric was just slightly uneven. You can't see it from the front, though. I like the way the fabric matches up on the front, where the flap meets the body of the pouch; I did attempt to make this happen, by adjusting the amount I folded up the bottom part to make the pouch, but I didn't really expect it to work when all was said and done. When it turned out fairly well, I was just a little bit excited.


Yep, it's all newfangled contraptions from here on out. As long as I can sew an adorable cozy for each and every one of them, the future and I will get along just fine.

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Thank you for entering my Friendship Giveaway! I was really happy that so many people entered. It feels so good to know that people enjoy my blog. I wish I could give you each a token of my friendship. I have chosen a winner via the comments, using the Random Number Generator at Random.org, and here's what it spit out:


The fifty-third comment on the giveaway post was left by Angel Jem! Angel Jem, please send me an email (you can do so by clicking the little envelope button at the top of my blog) with your address so I can mail your prizes.

41 comments:

  1. I am afraid I have not moved with the times. I still haven't got a smartphone, I still use a pay as you go mobile when I am out and about ( for emergency use).

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  2. Congratulations to Angel Jem, such a lovely giveaway. I got my first smartphone at the back end of last year and I'm still trying to figure out how it works. I can at least make a call on it now, even that took some working out, as well as texting, even emailing and getting online. There's lots of things it can be used for which I've no idea about though. I love the little case you've made, good job.

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  3. Yay!!!! Your phone case is perfect, I'm so thrilled to see one made up (and relieved that the tutorial works!) Love the fabrics you chose too, great job. x

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  4. What a fab phone case and I'm sure you'll love your new phone. I adore that I have my audiobooks, kindle books, bloglovin app and even tv all in my dinky handbag. I saw the tutorial on Handmade Jane's and am just waiting to buy some interfacing to try.

    Congrats to Angel Jem, as her blog is fab too.

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  5. Gorgeous fabric! I'd love to attempt to make a case for my phone, thanks for sharing. Enjoy getting to know your new phone :)

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  6. I love that phone case and the fabric is great. So did you do the whole thing by hand? Turned out pretty darn good. I can't sew worth a lick. I never wanted a smartphone. Had the same old Nokia phone for about 8 years or longer, but last March, my husband showed up with one as a surprise gift. Best thing ever for many reasons. It's how my college son and I keep in touch; plus with free apps, I can also message friends in the States, India, Lebanon, Australia. Love that! Have fun learning how to use yours. Best wishes, Tammy P.S. Congrats to the winner of your sweet little needle cases

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  7. You did a great job, Jennifer! I am very impressed with how you got the fabrics to match, I love it when things turn out right. :) I agree with your reasons for a better phone too, they are great for emergencies. I get text messages from the school all of the time, updating me on when the children might have bumped their heads, or a reminder when a test is due. I find it very handy! I also have a blogger app on my phone, so sometimes I will publish posts on there, or catch up on my favourite blogs such as this one! Have a great day. :)

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  8. I don't have a smartphone either and really don't feel the need for one. I only started texting a couple of years ago!!

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  9. Hey Jennifer,
    I do have a smartphone, but under protest (I don't see the point) and as I am not very smart it really is wasted on me! Also I never hear it when it rings...
    Leanne xx

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  10. Congratulations to Angel and thanks to you for doing this giveaway!
    I don't have a smartphone, but I know I'd love all the things you can do with one. I love your case!

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  11. Congratulations to Angel Jem!

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  12. Lucky Angel! Oh yes, you can feel very proud of your workmanship Jennifer! Absolutely lovely! And your posy was simply adorable...and you took so lovely photos of it! Well done!
    Wish you a happy Easter!
    Olympia

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  13. Lovely phone case Jennifer. I have the world's most basic phone, and in fact I've only used it for two years or so, I was adamant I didn't need one, but the school send a lot of information by text, so I was forced into in the end. I've got a little case that I made as well. One thing I'd like to be able to do is Instagram, which I can't without a smart phone. But otherwise my cheapest of cheap little phones does just fine.

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  14. The phone case is really nice, I like it. I have one of those awful rubber-type cases that goes all around the edge of the phone and stays on permanently, if that makes sense. I drop my phone All The Time, it slides off the sofa, I've dropped it off the top of the fridge...it's a miracle that it still works. I have quite a cavalier attitude to some possessions which is very naughty of me, I know I should take more care. I recommend Instagram highly, it's fun.

    I always buy the same phone as John that way he reads the manual and figures out how it works and I just ask him for help. Shameful I know! x

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  15. Love your new phone case Jennifer, wonderful colours. I have a smartphone and couldn't do without it now. I'm a gadget person at heart and love all the technology that's about now. Enjoy.
    Patricia x

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  16. You are way head of me - I don't even use a mobile phone! xo

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  17. Well I love it. That fabric is rubby gorgeous and fabulous! I now want my iphone fixed and a snazzy new phone holder.
    Welcome to the 21st century btw ;)

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  18. Well look at you....miss modern!! I only have an old flip-phone...I never use it...except for emergencies...perhaps I should join the modern world, and give in to the pressure!
    Great job on the case, Jen!
    Enjoy your weekend...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  19. Congratulations to Angel Jem on her lovely win!
    And congratulations to you, Jennifer, on the purchase of your new phone and especially on your sewing skills once again; such a lovely bright fabric too!
    Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Easter, love, Joy xo

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  20. Oh congrats to the lucky winner! I too was never a cell phone smart phone gal until recently and I really enjoy having it all together in one space....such as the camera and the video recorder to tape the beans. Your case is beautiful! I need to bookmark this as a project for the future when I feel more confident with my sewing skills! Happy Easter friend! Nicole xoxo

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  21. I have a love-hate relationship with my phone, lol, like many folks. I've only had it about a year, but now wonder how would do without it. Sweet case you made. Have fun getting to know your phone.

    Congrats to Angel Jem!

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  22. My son's school texts instead of calls so smart phones are a must around here :) I talk to his teacher every night by text to make sure that he got everything done etc. It will be nice for you so you can keep in touch, plus you can get push notifications for emails, Facebook etc so you don't miss anything during the day. My husband and I only text during the day since he isn't allowed phone calls, so having a smart phone is really nice in case I need to ask him a quick question. I hope you end up loving your new phone :)

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  23. The fabric you chose for your phone case is so cool! So cheerful! And you are correct. Your workmanship is nice and neat - something to be very proud of!

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  24. Congrats to Angel Jem! Also to you Jennifer for moving to the Smartphone. I hate technology, and never learn it properly, but I Absolutely Love my smartphone, and spend lots of time 'playing' with it! Great for catching up on blog reading in odd spare moments. Happy Easter :)

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  25. Well done you getting yourself a smart phone.I remember when I first got mine, you can go on the Internet any where ,download apps.Apps are my favourite, because there so easy to install and uninstall.

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  26. Happy to hear that you have bought your first smart phone. Cover for the phone looks colorful and bright!

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  27. Hi Jennifer,

    How lovely that you have bought yourself a smart phone - they are so useful to keep in touch with family and friends. Love the cover you made for it. Enjoy! Congratulations to the lucky winner
    Have a happy Easter weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  28. Wow Jennifer that's fab! I read Jane's tutorial and have got it marked as 'something I need to do' but haven't got around to it yet. Love the fabric - what a bargain! Hope you're having lots of fun with your phone x Jane

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  29. Congratulations to the lucky winner and to you too Jennifer I love your new phone case :)

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  30. I've only recently changed my phone to a smartphone too. I thought I'd use it for taking photos and uploading them quicker than my camera but I find it takes me so long to work out how to do it the camera remains my favourite way of uploading! It's great for looking up things when I'm out and about though and to check emails. Your case is fantastic!
    Jess xx

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  31. I have to say I love my smart phone, I am not sure I use it to its full capability but I can text, check my email, take photos and video and get a phone call!
    Love your new case.
    Meredith

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  32. Congrats on your new smart phone... very exciting!! I love your phone case!

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  33. Love your phone case! I really need to get back into sewing. ;)

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  34. My goodness what a stunning phone cover. I have recently decided to start sewing again and this will be on my list of things I need to make. Your stitching is wonderful I have to say I am a little frightened about it all as it has been 25 years since I last made something.
    I have just caught up with all your posts your son makes wonderful sushi.
    Happy Easter to you and your family

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  35. I think your phone cover is beautiful! I admire you for holding out against the tyranny of the smartphone for this long! They're so useful, undoubtedly, but I wish I wasn't so dependent on mine...
    Jo x

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  36. Congrats to the winner! And to you. I love your new smart phone case. I have a case from Amazon and although I like it, I like yours MUCH better.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  37. A great make Jennifer ... practical and pretty :)

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  38. Oh you are going to love this new phone, and could your phone case be any more adorable-absolutely not!
    Have a lovely weekend and Happy Easter!
    Jemma

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  39. Congratulations on your upgrade to a Smart Phone! They are pretty darn amazing pieces of technology. I really like your little pouch, too!

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  40. I always thought I was the last person on the planet without a smart phone. Apparently I wasn't. It will be a while before I make the plunge. I'm happy with my "dumb" phone for the moment. I can call and text and that's all I really need. :) Enjoy your new phone! Great job on that case too!
    Happy Easter weekend!
    Beca

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  41. I'm late, but am happy for the winner of your giveaway, too! Thanks for sharing how you made your pretty and practical cell phone case. I have my phone tucked in a little pocket on my wallet at the moment, but I wear out my wallets rapidly so one day I may follow your good example :) xx

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