It was my mum’s birthday recently, and I bought her a Nook (one of those e-reader things). Of course, every Nook needs somewhere to live so I thought this was a good chance to make one myself! Introducing to you, the Nook Snug:
When picking the yarn, I wanted something really chunky. The Nook would probably end up in my mum’s bag, which contains everything (including the kitchen sink) so it had to be well protected. I didn’t follow a pattern – I made it up as I went along.
I made a foundation chain of 12 and then double crocheted for around 30 rows. This gave a long rectangle, which I folded over and sewed up two sides, leaving a flap at the top for the Nook to slip into. I then sewed a loop on the flap and sewed a button on the front. But not any old button…a handmade one!!
My favourite part of this project was making the button. I’ve admired Fimo polymer clay for some time, so this was a great excuse to try it. I used this sparkly purple clay (which cost £1.99 from eBay):
Firstly, I broke a piece off and started giving it a good squidge. It took ages to make it malleable, but it was fun – good stress relief! After squidging for around half an hour, it became a ball:
I used a rolling pin to roll it out flat, only a few millimetres thick. As I didn’t have a circular cutter, I used an egg cup turned upside down and cut around it (improvising!). I then used a match to poke out two holes, so it looked like this:
Then it was baking time! I put the button on a baking tray and baked it at 110 degrees Celsius for about 30 minutes. On taking it out of the oven it was still a bit soft so I was a bit worried, but after leaving it for 10 minutes it was completely solid! And awesome! If a little wonky.
I’d definitely recommend everyone tries polymer clay. It’s lots of fun and it doesn’t cost too much. I used a pretty small amount of clay for my button, and I’ve heard that if you keep the clay wrapped up and airtight, it lasts for ages.
As for my mum, she really loved both the Nook and the cover, and was shocked I’d made it myself (she does that every time I make her something :oD )
What I learnt
- How to make a button from scratch!
- Patons Fab Big Colour (shade 00080)