Celebrating the New Year! Quilted Planner Cover [tutorial!]

Quilted Planner Cover tutorial  - SewFearless.com

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.

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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.)

Quilted Planner Cover tutorial - sewfearless.com

Palette cleansing projects require the very happiest of fabrics to work properly. So, I broke into my precious LillyBelle stash for this one.

Quilted Planner Cover tutorial - notepad pocket - sewfearless.com

Quilted Planner Cover tutorial - slanted pocket - sewfearless.com

LillyBelle lends itself well to fussy-cutting and pattern matching and other sorts of thrilling sewing challenges.

Quilted Planner Cover - SewFearless.com - pattern matching

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.

Quilted Planner Cover - SewFearless.com

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.

cover mistake - sewfearless.com

Tears were shed. Big. Snotty. Sobbing Tears.
Then the next morning, a bit of hand-stitching saved the day.

Quilted Planner Cover - sewfearless.com

And now, resolutions or not, I am ready for 2013.

Quilted Planner Cover tutorial - SewFearless.com

Bring it.

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