Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Call Me Badge Holder

Last year when we went to Relaxicon they handed out these badge holders with registration. I liked the idea of a badge holder that holds more than your badge, but this one really didn't hold all the things I want to carry, or not conveniently, in one place. If I had to pick one reason I didn't like it is the cord. Sure, it is adjustable, but once you put your cell phone inside that cord will cut into your neck more than you would think. 
I found a great pattern called Call Me from By Annie that I though would do the trick. Picked up some mesh and fold-over elastic locally and went digging in my collection of fabrics. Call Me is a free pattern and they even have a free video add on to walk you through the steps to create your own. Their free patterns are excellent skill-builders. 
I grabbed this fun octo-print I ordered from Spoonflower ages ago along with some coordinating fabric for the binding. 
I was worried I wouldn't have enough foam for the project, yet here is my roll of the stuff. More than enough. I used Pellon Flex Foam because that's what I have on-hand. 
I quilted some wavy lines on my quilted panel and got cutting. 
After the prep work, assembly was quick. I often surprise myself with how well bias binding turns out. 
I'm super pleased with how this came out. There is the pocket for the badge, a zipper pocket to hold your room key or credit card, and the mesh pocket on the back to hold your phone. I don't know that it is my final answer on what I want in a badge holder but it sure is close. I'll think about any changes I want and make another before the next Relaxicon.

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Creative Grids 6.5" x 24.5" Rectangle
Fiskars Rotary Cutter
Fiskars Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat
BLACK+DECKER Classic Steam Iron
Grabbit Magnetic Pin Cushion
Fiskars 8-inch scissors
Juki TL-2010Q
Creative Grids 12.5" Square Quilting Ruler
Pellon Flex Foam
Craft Clips

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