I have a practical side I just can’t seem to shake. My garden is full of useful plants- herbs, vegetables. Thankfully my husband likes the beautiful side of flowers so it’s a nice balance.
Even my hobbies have to be useful.
All of my handweaving projects have a practical purpose whether it’s towels, placemats, or clothing. But at the end of a workshop, I’m frequently left with samples and little to do with them.
After the painted warps workshop, I managed to end up with a table runner I chronicled in another post. However, I was also left with a lovely scrap of on-the-loom painted fabric. Rather than watch it sit in my stash, I looked around for a small project to transform into a useful object.
I have an iPod Touch that I covet. Why not make a holder to protect it from all the nasty stuff in my purse? Voila.
A little bit of fabric, some batting, a piece of elastic, and a button from my stash and there you have it. The fabric got a little thick on the right side, so the seam is kind of wonky, but otherwise I’m happy with something that appeals to my practical side.
Sometimes I have to tame the “useful” beast. Not everything can be practical; some should just be enjoyed for the beauty of it all. But this little project appeals to both. It protects my darling iPod and it’s nice to look at too.