Thank you for stopping by to see my version of Nancy Zieman’s Tablet Keeper project! I’m sooooo “over the moon” with stars in my eyes about getting to be a part of this blog tour!
Yes, I’m gushing. – Let us pause for a moment of silence while I calm down so I can show you what I made!!!!!……
……Ok, I’m calm. Here’s a photo showing the fabric I chose on a recent field trip to High Fashion Fabrics with friend, Stacie D.
I’m really loving the accent hardware: Satin Bronze Rectangle Ring from Clover!
I’m glad Nancy designed these to use a velcro closure for easy access. Her Tablet Keeper templates also include instructions and placement for optional magnetic snap closure.
These templates can be modified to hold regular paper tablets or things like Nooks, Kindles, etc. The suggested supplies include some stiff plastic inserts called “shapers” that really provide extra protection for your electronics.
Being that I presently have none of these awesome electronic toys, I chose to modify my paper tablet keeper so it could hold my planning calendar etc.
Take a look at the following photos to see what I mean….
Nancy wisely designed the left hand side of the Paper Tablet Keepers with a horizontal pocket for storing miscellaneous papers or a note pad.
I like her clever little corner pocket to keep pens and/or note cards handy, too.
Once the pockets and other features to the Tablet Keeper are completed, the very last step is to bind the raw edges.
Be forewarned, in the image below, I’m showing a shamelessly huge photo of my binding because, I’m just so hippity-hop happy with how it turned out. (Note: “Hippity-hop happy” is an extra special kind of happy that is most often seen in little kids, at the grocery store, in the candy isle.)
In her blog tutorial, Nancy said: “Use your favorite method to bind your Tablet Keeper.” Sooo, I did.
First, I made custom binding and joined it together to make one long strip.
Then, I used an “unconventional method” to make easy work of getting my corners to beautifully miter without having to go back and hand sew the miter closed. I recently showed this technique to a dear friend of mine who’s been quilting for several years now, and who keeps up with all the latest tips and tricks. She had never seen this method before and agreed it’s a very cool way to get the job done.
If you’re curious about this “unconventional mitering method”, I encourage you to check out my free 3 part video tutorial demonstrating the steps to make your own custom binding (on the straight of the grain) and how to make these mitered corners. In the video, I’m demonstrating the technique on place mats, but the method I demo easily applies to the Tablet Keeper and any other bound project as well.
If you already know how to make custom binding, you may want to skip ahead to parts 2 & 3 of my tutorial. Here’s the link: Place Mat Luv/Mitered Binding
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Note: Clover has provided three prize packages for readers (valued at $135) for a February 1 Giveaway. Readers must post comments at the following link to qualify for the giveaway: Nancy Give-Away Contest Link
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Jenny Gabriel – alter ego: StitchinJenny