Technology is GREAT, but it can be a little BORING! So why not have fun and personalize yours with a fun holder! These USB Memory Stick/Dongle Holders are a neat idea to protect your data and photos from the rigors of travel and keep it all close at hand. Just pack and go – it’s in the bag, backpack, sewing kit, suitcase, briefcase or wear as a necklace. They’re a cinch to make and fun to give as gifts!
We have had a great response to this pattern. Everyone is making them to store and carry embroidery designs to class – and of course they wanted to make theirs special! During class(es), I encourage my students to make machine-embroidered designs on a fat quarter of fabric and then cut out the USB pieces from the embellished fabric. Everyone is different and it’s so much fun to see the end results. Some students continue to embellish with beads, crystals or sequins; one student, using her embroidery machine, stitched the date/year on the fabric of several she made, claiming that we wanted to scan all her scrap booking pages and store each year’s creations on individual sticks. Another student, a “Mother of the Bride,” made a fantastic holder using white satin covered with beautiful machine-embroidered lace designs, which she then embellished with tiny glass pearls around the top flap using a ribbon rose like a button and a string of tiny glass pearls as the handle. She planned to scan all of her daughter’s wedding pictures, store them on a USB stick and present the collection in the beautiful holder. A month later I ran into her, and she was now making them for everyone in the wedding party plus a few extra to store in safety deposit boxes! I like to store audible books on my USB sticks…so each USB holder is embellished with fabric and items to reflect the book’s content. Don’t forget to store copies of all your favorite family recipes on an USB Stick.
Once you choose your machine embroidery designs, stitch them out on your background fabric. In this example we stitch out a block of “Blackwork,” large enough to cut two USB Holder pieces, as well as, one lace design large enough for one USB Holder piece.
If you cut a template from Quilter’s Plastic, you’ll be able to see through the plastic to the design. Arrange template as desired (making sure to include seam allowances), cut all your pieces and follow the pattern instructions.
Embellish as desired and enjoy!
If you don’t have a embroidery machine, you can choose theme fabric and embellish with theme buttons, beads or charms. There are hundreds of ways to personalize your holders – just think of all the sportsmen, students, pet lovers in your life and how you could make something special for them.
These are really a lot of fun to make and give as gifts; and like I stated on the back of the pattern cover: technology is GREAT, but it can be a little BORING! So why not have fun and personalize yours. No more cookie-cutters holders for you…now go and have some fun creating your very own designs!
Susie C. Shore Designs