I am sorry to report that my first attempt has not been a complete success. While you can see from the photo below that it has more than succeeded in its cuteness, but my measurements were a bit off, and so when zipped the case puckers and does not lay correctly. I think this is largely due to the inclusion of a zipper in my design. You'll notice I also decided to try sewing the kitty applique down with my sewing machine rather than by hand with contrasting large grey thread. Which style do you like better? Since I have the opportunity to redo the case, I can tweak the applique as well.
I now have a whole new appreciation for crafters who sew items with zippers! I found it very difficult. I have been searching around for a design idea involving velcro and found this on etsy:
Isn't it wonderfully cute?! It is by indibe on etsy and while it is a bit more than I would like to spend, it is inspirational for me to try and craft my own case again, this time with velcro!
p.s. Does anyone know where I could find a large sheet or wide strip of velro in goldenrod yellow? Thanks!