ipod cozie - a tutorial

after making one for myself a month ago, i decided to make ipod cozies for my etsy shop & post a tutorial for those interested. this cozy is intended for the ipod classic, although could easily be reworked for many other models.

sewing machine
at least a 16” by 8” rectangle of any light cotton fabric
.25 skein of yarn
size 7 knitting needles
jumbo tapestry needle
small hook
sewing needle

fabric liner
1. cut a 3.5” by 10.5” rectangle (pocket) & 4” by 3” rectangle (tab)
2. fold and press (with iron on hottest setting) along indicated lines for both pocket & tab
  • pocket – the back of the fabric will end up being the outside of the pocket, fold rectangle in half & fold each end down 1” with the back of the fabrics in.
  • tab – fold in half vertically, then fold in each side a half inch, creating a 4” by 1” tri-fold. the front of the fabric should be facing out.
3. sew along dashed lines with contrasting thread.
  • pocket – stitch along side a & b, creating a .25” seam
  • tab – sew along sides c & d, i did two stitches along each side
4. attach tab to outside of pocket, by sewing one end about .5” from top of one side of the pocket.
5. fold the loose end of the tab twice (.25” folds), creating a clean edge. sew over fold to secure.

knit shell (little rough of a tutorial, not a knitting pattern writer)
1. essentially you would like to end up with a tight knit rectangle measuring roughly 9.5” by 3.75”
2. i used size 7 knitting needles & with a wool acrylic yarn (4.5 st + 6 rows = 1” on size 8)
3. 64 - 16 k rows
4. when completed use the same color yarn & a tapestry needle to stitch up the sides. i like to start a the top left edge & work down then work up the second side.

1. slide pocket into the knit shell.
2. using a sewing needle & contrasting thread, secure the pocket by using horizontal stitches about .15” from the top of the fabric & .25” down on the knit shell.
  • it's important that excess yarn is tucked down between the shell & pocket.
  • after threading the needle, tie 2 ends with a triple knot. start the stitch from between the shell & pocket so that the ends will not be visible; finish the stitch the same way & tie off the thread.

if you have any questions feel free to shoot me an email or leave any comments. see more pics


lite brites - for big people

i think i may attempt this for behind my couch or above my bed. i like the idea of alternative light sources & i think it is big enough without being completely obtrusive to the space. it seems to be simple and fun; it just requires one canvas, paint, mini lights & some craft glue. my only concern will be the quality of the final project, will it look shotty?

the tutorial is featured on martha stewart's site.


the poster list

i found this via the graphic style of everyone else, here is the poster list. simple, clean & funny; these are definitely worth a scroll through.


etsy shop opens

it's finally here; stilldottie on etsy. i've been busting my buns for the last week getting things ready. it's a humble stop among great artists & crafters on etsy, but i'm hoping it will keep me busy & enthusiastic, as well as get me out there a little bit more. right now i have screenprinted & fabric onesies, holiday card sets & one print. check it out & tell your friends!

thanks to ming for taking pictures!


no touching ground

i've been seeing these all over capitol hill & seattle. i am a huge fan & am now happy to know who he is, no touching ground. it is done using printed artwork & mounted using wheatpaste (very common in the obey campaigns). the work is beautiful & exactly what graffiti should be.

check out these vids - animals & girl with birds



here is a print that i made for nora. kacey & aaron hosted an event last weekend (in addition to a traditional catholic baptism) that honored and celebrated nora's spiritual exploration of the world. they asked a group of us to send something to dedicate to her on this special day, whether it be a book, a poem or just words of advice.

it took me a while to think of what to make & what i think makes me a more solid & spiritual person. i like birch trees very much right now; said to be tender by appearance, with unwavering strength inside (not to mention, i like the way they look in general). i decided to start with the creation of a birch forest. after that many ideas soared through my mind: a little girl hiding behind a tree or with her arms wide spread among them, when the word create came to mind; but more than just creating with your hands. my advice & dedication to nora is -

create; strength, ideas, opinions, community, power, love.



i just stumbled on style/clicker via pike/pine & was happy to find that it was dedicated to fashion in munich & surrounding areas. it makes me excited at a possible sweden & germany trip soon.


new prints

i'm getting geared up for the opening of my etsy store. today i signed up for a seller & paypal account, created the banner & finalized my list of things to feature. here are some of the prints i'll be featuring on onesies & toddler clothes, as well as some original prints.

cal anderson

after a meeting in the shelter house last night, a coworker noticed what appeared to be an odd shadow in the bowl of the park. with a closer look, he noticed that it was piles of leaves, arranged to read "you are beautiful."

i really enjoy the idea of spontaneous public art & this is a perfect example.