I’ve been wracking my brain all week trying to figure out what sort of sewing-blogging-related goals I wanted to set for 2013, and I’ve been coming up empty. Monthly challenges worked out so well in 2010 and 2011, but I don’t think it would be feasible with a baby due to arrive in approximately 8 weeks. Then, I thought choosing a “Word of the Year” would be fun… but somehow SURVIVE doesn’t seem inspiring or motivational.
In fact, I am starting to feel more than a bit panicky about the short amount of time left before the little dude arrives. I have so many things I want to accomplish, and, as always, I have to let things go. Gutting my WIP pile was leaving me depressed and moody, so I decided to do a sewing-mojo-boosting, palette-cleansing sort of project. The result is a new Planner Cover for my 2013 Planner Pad. (A tutorial is included at the end of this post.)
Palette cleansing projects require the very happiest of fabrics to work properly. So, I broke into my precious LillyBelle stash for this one.
LillyBelle lends itself well to fussy-cutting and pattern matching and other sorts of thrilling sewing challenges.
It was Andy’s idea to pattern-match the tab closure, and at first, I thought he was ridiculous for suggesting such silliness and I told him so. But… clearly it was meant to happen, because it did.
See how perfectly it worked out? Best. Fabric. Print. Ever.
When I sewed the last stitch of the binding, I let out a deep sigh of sanctification…
and then I noticed it.
Tears were shed. Big. Snotty. Sobbing Tears.
Then the next morning, a bit of hand-stitching saved the day.
And now, resolutions or not, I am ready for 2013.
[tutorial after jump]
This cover is made to fit the “personal” sized Planner Pad calendar – 6 3/4″ by 8 1/2″, spiral bound. All seam allowances are 1/4 inch unless otherwise indicated. Adjust measurements accordingly for other sized planners.
- Quilt or Home dec fabrics for Outside and lining.
I chose to piece together my cover outside. This looks great, but is not necessary.
- 1/4″ bias binding (homemade or otherwise)
- Fusible Fleece
- Peltex #70 Heavy Duty Sew in Stabilizer
- Fusible Woven Interfacing (for sleeves and pockets) – ShapeFlex
- Heavy Duty Snap (or another closure)
- thread and the usual sewing implements
Step 1 – Make the Cover “Sandwich”. The cover is 16 1/2 inches wide by 9 1/2 high, all layers the same size. Stack up your sandwich from the bottom up as follows: lining fabric, Peltex #70, Fusible Fleece or thin batting, and the outside (which can be pieced as it is in this project). Baste the outer edges together and quilt the sandwich together as desired.
(the quilt sandwich, lining side)
Step 2 – Make two “sleeves” for holding the planner in the cover. Start with 4 pieces of interfaced fabric 6 inches wide and 9 1/2 inches tall (blue in this project), two pieces will be the left sleeve and the left sleeve lining and the other two the right sleeve and lining. If you want to add any pockets (maroon in this project) make them first, and then attach the pockets to the sleeves before attaching the sleeve linings.
Right sleeve with lining attached.
For the right sleeve, sew the sleeve lining to the sleeve on the left edge, right sides facing. Turn right side out and press seam. Baste right sleeve to lining on top, right, and bottom edges.
For the left sleeve, sew the sleeve lining to the sleeve on the right edge, right sides facing. Turn wrong sides facing and press seam. Baste left sleeve to lining on top, left, and bottom edges.
Step 3 – Make a tab closure and attach it to the cover. Make a fully finished tab 6 1/2 inches wide and 1 1/2 inches high. Use any method you like. I went crazy and added some accent edging to mine. Whatever floats your boat.
Attach a heavy-duty snap to one end of the closure and the front of the cover…
…Then, sew the other end of the tab to the back of the Cover.
Step 4 – Position Sleeves onto lining side of cover; baste in place. Keep the tab closure out of the way when sewing.
[note: I added a ribbon to the center of the Cover. I thought I was going to use it for something, but it turns out it wasn’t necessary. Just ignore the ribbon, k?]
Step 5 – Add 1/4 inch binding to the outside edge. Pre-made, homemade, double french fold, bias, straight, or whatever you want. It is your choice. Bind the edge and call this project DONE! [Need to learn more about bias binding? Check out my post about binding a quilt.]
Enjoy your planner and the New Year!