Making a CD visor for your car out of fairly inexpensive materials.
Current on market CD visors had one major problem. They were BORING. Solid black, no personality so i set out to make my own version.
It's also an entry into the SewUseful contest. View it on Etsy here.
Step 1: Materials
1/6 yard (6inches) o Peltex stabilizer. (Or the stiffest stabilizer you can find)
1/2 yard of fabric of your choice. (This is the fun part of the project- GO WILD!)
1 package of extra wide double fold bias tape
1/3 yard of double sided iron-on adhesive (e.g. Heat N Bond)
double sided "fashion trim Velcro"
measuring tape or ruler
Step 2: Cutting the Material
Cut and measure a rectangle out of the Peltex, 2 rectangles out of the iron-on adhesive and 2 rectangles out of your fabric that are 13 inches by 6 inches. Put aside.
Cut 2 strips of Velcro each 18 inches.
Cut 6 rectangles out of your fabric that are 10 inches by 6 inches.
Stack the 6X10 rectangles of fabric on top of each other making sure all pieces of fabric are right sides up.
Measure one long side and mark at 4 1/2 inches. Measure and mark the other long side at 5 1/2 inches long. Connect these 2 marks and cut along your mark.
You should now have
2 strips of double sided Velcro, 18 inches in length
2 fabric rectangles that are 6"X13"
1 Peltex rectangle that is 6"X13"
12 fabric trapezoids that measure 6" wide and 4 1/2" high on one side and 5 1/2" high on the other side.
Step 3: Hemming the Pockets.
With one of your trapezoid shaped piece of fabric. Fold the diagonal edge over 1/4" and again 1/4" making 3 layers of fabric in the "hem area." Press with your finger.
Sew along this fold 1/4" from the outside fold. Trim any thread and fabric that sticks out.
Repeat this process for the remaining 11 pockets.
Step 4: Sewing the First Pocket to the Backing Fabric.
Line your first trapezoid up with one of the short sides of the fabric rectangle. Both "right" sides should be up. This puts the wrong side of the trapezoids fabric touching the right side of the rectangle.
Sew along the bottom edge of the fabric using a 1/4" seam allowance.
Step 5: Sewing Remaing Pockets On.
Fold back first pocket.
Butt the unfinished edge of the pocket up against the seam of the first pocket.
Sew the second pocket on using a 1/2 in seam allowance.
Repeat for remaining pockets.
Step 6: Baste Pockets Down.
Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance baste around the whole visor cover. (A standard sewing stitch can be used if you prefer instead of a basting stitch)
Step 7: Attaching the Stabilizer to Backing.
Iron the double sided iron-on adhesive to the fabric's wrong side by laying the shiny side of the adhesive down. (follow the directions on your adhesive as to temperature)
*Do not iron this onto the piece with the pockets attached.*
Peel paper backing off of adhesive.
Iron the fabric onto the stabilizer.
While the iron is out, you can take this time to flatten out any ripples in your pocket's hems.
Step 8: Attaching the Velcro Strips.
Measure in 3 1/2 inches from the end and pin one strip of Velcro on.
Repeat for other side.
Sew the Velcro into place making a rectangle of stitching. Make sure to backstitch on ends to ensure a tight bond.
Fold the Velcro over on itself to keep it out of the way of the machine for the next step.
Step 9: Attaching the Backing to the Pockets.
Place the wrong side of the pocketed material on top of the stabilizer making a stabilizer sandwich with fabric bread. I like cutting out my corners rounded at this point, but it is not necessary.
Wrap the bias tape around the edge of the "sandwich" make sure the longer edge of the bias tape is on the bottom when you sew.
Wright's website has great instructions on applying bias tape. I use the 1 Step Binding method.
DO NOT PIN.
Step 10: Enjoy!
Your personalized visor cover is done. Now your CD holder can say as much about you as the music it holds. All you need to do now is unfold the Velcro and attach it to your visor on your car.