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My Beautiful Tablet Keeper

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….

Here is a look at the inside view of my Tablet Keeper... Can you tell what I changed?

Instead of sticking to the original instructions, I decided to make my right hand pocket a vertical one.

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.

Ta Da!

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

Well, we’re all done for now, except, be sure to click on the link below to enter the Clover prize drawing!

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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Let’s Get Sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny

We Love Nancy and Nancy Loves Us!

One of the bloggers that I follow is my sewing mentor from afar:  Nancy Zieman

The other day, I found out about a “Tablet Keeper Blog Tour” that she is doing during the month of January.  This is what I read:

“Twenty bloggers have been selected to participate in this fun and creative Blog Tour. Clover sent each blogger a Tablet Keeper template set, plus all the findings (shaperscreate-a-straphardware, stabilizer, etc.) For 20 days in January, a different guest blogger will showcase their Tablet Keeper creation. With the impressive lineup of bloggers, I know the creative options will be noteworthy!”

Day Dreaming Leads to Action

As I scrolled down the list of featured participants, I found myself wishing that I could someday have my name included in this list of Nancy’s go-to bloggers.  With a little encouragement from a friend, I decided to go ahead and write a short note to Nancy.

Dear Nancy:

I started the note by mentioning that I had met her back in April of 2011 at the Love of Sewing event that SewVac hosted.  No, I didn’t send her the photo!

Knowing that she’s a very busy person, I tried to keep it really short and get to the point.

In a nutshell, I let her know about my contributions to this blog and how I often feature clips from her video demos here….

And then I mentioned that I’d love to participate the next time she does a blog tour.  There!  I officially tossed my “hat into the ring”.

Yours Truly, Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny

Didn’t really think anything would ever come of it but….

Today I received an email from Deanna Springer, a member of Nancy’s amazing team of ladies that help her do what she does.

Nancy read my note!  She’s excited to hear about our blog and has invited me to participate in the blog tour that is happening right now!  After a short phone conversation with Deanna, all the details are set and our magical date is January 18th!  That is the day that I will be showcasing my efforts in making one of the sizes of the Tablet Keeper.  Yay!

My creative juices are already warming up.  I can’t wait to make this!

Wanna make one with me?  Nancy has a great online tutorial with instructions and details.

You should be able to get your supplies at Humble Sewing Center soon, or online via: Nancy’s Notions

Send me pictures of your projects so I can post them on the 18th!  We’re all in this together!  Contact Jenny

Need some inspiration?  Here’s a link to a free project sheet of some variations of Tablet Keepers

Let’s Get Sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny