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Laura Serino

After visiting Maine only a handful of times, Laura Serino packed up her studio apartment in New York City and headed north for "the way life should be." After a summer on North Haven island, she and her boyfriend, a Maine native, settled in Portland, Maine. Serino is a former magazine editor who has been published in national and regional publications. When she isn't blogging, she spends her time antiquing, scouring thrift shops, exploring new places in Maine and cozying up to her cat Jasper. She recently completed her first book, "Twentysomething Girl, 1001 Quick Tips and Tricks to Make Your Life Easier." Reach her at Follow her: @ForeFrontFash

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Posted: December 19, 2013

DIY gift idea: Maine iPhone case

Here’s what you need to make this Maine iPhone/iPod case:
2 pieces of felt squares (one for the state, one for the actual case) which will run you about $.40 each at a craft store
embroidery needle and thread
a good glue (I use EZ6000 – it never lets me down)
a print out of the state of Maine to serve as a template

Using your iPhone as a stencil, trace around the edges leaving 1/4″ extra to account for stitching

Once you have your pieces cut out, you’ll want to measure your template of the state against it to make sure it fits. Mine did not – so I had to stencil it on and then cut it to size

Or if you’re artsier than me, freestyle and draw it on!

Once you’ve got your state cut out, you can stitch the front and back of the case together using a whipstitch and your embroidery needle. Start from one end and work your way around

Once it’s all stitched up, you’re all set to glue your state on top of it. If you want extra assurance that it will stay put, feel free to stitch the state on (just make sure you do that before you stitch both pieces of the case together.)

Once it’s glued on, you’re ready to gift it!

For more DIY holiday ideas, you can view some other projects right here.

More last-minute DIY gift ideas

Unless you have a bevy of elves at your disposal who can spring to your assistance like some Kris Kringle flash mob, you’ve got some work to do. And fast. It’s time to pull off some last-minute holiday heroics, and we have some ideas.
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