I’ve became a fiend for Neoprene overnight! It’s lightweight and thick at the same time, stretchy, super soft and durable. What can you make out of them, you ask? Well, I decided to create my very own custom pillow, skirt and computer bag, all with the Digitally Printed Neoprene found in Mood Fabrics’ disposal! Below are three separate tutorials showing you how I made them. Let’s get started!
CUSTOM NEOPRENE PILLOW
Begin by measuring the area of the pillow. Give room for seam allowances and cut two square pieces out of the neoprene.
Sew three of the four sides with ¼” seam from the edge. Leave one side open for the insertion of the pillow. Before turning the case right side out, clip the corners to remove bulk.
Fold in the edges to prepare for hand-stitched closure.
Pin folded edges together and ladder stitch the fourth side closed to resemble the three other machine-stitched sides.
Voila! Your custom neoprene pillow!
CUSTOM NEOPRENE SKIRT
Start by cutting out two equal pieces of your skirt pattern. I ‘eye-balled’ my skirt pattern. Cut the pattern on the fold to ensure symmetry.
Sew down the side seams using a ½” seam away from the edge.
Fold down the top ¼” more than your desired waistband width. Pin in place and sew.
Leave about an inch opening to insert waistband.
Attach a large enough safety pin to one end of the waistband and ease it through the casing you created.
Once all is through and around, box stitch the ends of the waistband to close.
Finally, finish off the skirt with a simple hemline, typically a basic fold about ½” under.
Voila! Your custom neoprene skirt!
CUSTOMER NEOPRENE COMPUTER BAG
First, measure the area of your computer and add a seam allowance. Cut out four equal pieces of the neoprene.
Using only two pieces, sew three of the four sides with ¼” seam from the edge. Clip the corners to remove bulk.
Flip panel right side out. (Note: You may need to iron the fabric to flatten it.)
Fold in top edges and pin down. Use a topstitch of about a ¼” to close final side. Repeat steps 2-4 to the other remaining two pieces.
With right sides facing each other, topstitch the bottom edges of the panels together to create bottom seam.
With your webbing, create a continuous loop over the right side of the joined panels to add handles. (Note: To calculate how much webbing is required, multiply your computer’s length by six, then add two inches for seam allowance.)
Once in place, stitch the webbing to the case face. Ensure stability by making box seams at the beginning of each handle.
Finish it off by sewing the side seams closed with a ¼” stitch from the edges. Flip right side out and….
Voila! Your custom neoprene computer bag!