Funky CD Case Tutorial

You know I love to use up every little scrap of fabrics I love. Remember how we pieced together this apron?

So, here is another project for all your fabric scraps you've been afraid to throw away (despite all the eye rolling from your husband...). It will look cool in your new car! (or my new car)

Funky, Fabric Scrap CD Holder


Fabric Scraps (cut into 8x5 inch strips)
Sewing Machine
Thin Cardboard or Sturdy Interfacing (cut into two 12x6 inch rectangles)
Two additional pieces of fabric (cut into 8x14 inch rectangles)
Hot Glue Gun


Roll one long edge under and press to create a hem and avoid fraying.

Use a piece of fabric as a base (about 8x14 inches), and begin to layer your strips of fabric onto it. Begin at the top and layer each piece about 1/2 inch lower than the one before it.

Pin and run a stitch along the edge. (This seam is just to hold your pieces together). Each layer remains open at the top and provides a little pocket for a CD. It will look like this:

Flip your sewn strips over and center your cardboard or interfacing. Wrap your fabric around the cardboard.

All these layers were thin enough to sew through, but too thick to pin...soooo I pulled out the duct tape to hold it in place! Here is the piece we will use for the back, covered with a single layer of coordinating fabric.

And here is the piece we layered and sewed, also taped to the cardboard.

Sew the fabrics onto each piece of cardboard and remove the tape. (Sew slooowly so you don't break your needle). Clean up the edges with your scissors.

Now, you should have two fabric covered cardboard rectangles. One should have a single fabric covering it and the other should have your layered fabrics covering it.

Hot glue the front and back together, just sandwich all the ugly parts inside!

Flip her over and fill her up with all your funky tunes (because we do NOT listen to mom music in my new ride!)

See? Cute, huh?

Set it in your new car and wave it around to random people at red lights! Motion for them to roll down their windows and shout "Hey! I made this yesterday!" Some of them will point at you and tell you are #1 using their finger!

Just turn up the music and smile...

Don't forget that tomorrow is Tutorial Tuesday's Link Party. We will have prizes again this week. Come on back and teach me some stuff!



  1. Love it! Definitely adding this to my project list. Although I might skip the part where people tell me I'm number one with their fingers.....

  2. What a great idea! And thanks for the laugh! I LOVE it when people tell me I'm #1! HA!

  3. That is soo cute! Amazing what you can do with some scrap fabric & cardboard.

  4. Ciao Jennifer........I must say You are just INCREDIBLE...with your three boys; ( I've got two 9 and 13) your business and your wonderful, interesting blog; and I am convinced you got other thousand things to do....; you are amazing and I love to have you in my Tuscany and I just adore the Idea that you step in once in a while for a little vacation.......!!!!!
    See You soon!!!!!!!
    ( I will surely try to realize my disc-holder; I've got a lot of wonderful silk pieces...so I try to do a Lady-disc-holder)!!!!
    ciao ciao elvira

  5. Well , I use an Ipod car adaptor so I don't need one of these in my car....Hey, I don't know about you, but I need my 1,728 songs when I drive to the grocery store! However, I am going to make a small one to hold my Netflix movies! Great tute and idea...thanks Jen....;-)

  6. Very cute and cheery way to hold your CDs!

  7. I'm so impressed with crafty people. You're so talented, Jennifer! I don't even own a glue gun!

  8. Super CUTE! I'm a scrap hoarder too! One day when I'm dead and gone, my kids will find these bags and say "See!--I told you she was NUTS!"

  9. Oh man, I love this! I'm totally going to try it with my new (to me) machine!!

  10. I really like that!!! So much better than all the cases sliding all over the floor.

  11. I saw your tweet about this last week and was hopin' you'd have a little tutorial on it :)

  12. Love all those colors, Jennifer! :) This is a neat project!!

  13. Wow, this was exactly what I needed! I always listen to music in my kitchen, but I don´t have a proper shelf for CD´s ther, and I also tend to forget where I left the CD-Cases. As soon as I find the time, I´ll make this!!!
    And did I see an Ingrid Michaelson CD in there? That one will go into my CD-sleeve, too :-) She´s awesome!

  14. Awesome CD holder!! I love the mix of different fabric prints! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


  15. Great tutorial for the Cd case. I have tons of scrap fabrics and am bookmarking this project. Thank you for linking to the boardwalk Bragfest!

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