Nancy Zieman Tablet Keeper: Paper Pad Keeper With Pen Holder

Lazies, Thanks for joining me on my stop of Nancy Zieman’s Tablet Keeper blog tour. If you’re new here, subscribe to our blog feed to keep up with my Lazy antics. Nancy’s new Tablet Keeper template will make keepers for e-tablets/eReaders (iPad, Kindle, Nook, etc) or paper pads in three sizes. I made three of these great note keepers for gifts last month. Next up, several for me!

This keeper will fit perfectly inside our new Candice bag. Our new Fat Pocket technique for the inside Candice pocket will easily accommodate these keepers. Consider making one to coordinate with your next bag.

I am forever carrying a small pad of paper with me. But it’s usually a challenge to keep it looking nice. So I used Nancy’s Template to work with my favorite 5″ x 8″ scratch pads so my paper and I can travel in style. I love these pads and have them all over the house, office and studio. (Office Max ‘Scratch Pads’, 12 pads, 100 sheets, $15.)

I have been hanging on to this bundle of Moda fat quarters, waiting for the perfect project. I made this for my Mom. She’ll love these fabrics.

I made a few minor adjustments. I made the green triangular pocket a bit larger. After test-fitting the paper pad and before the final step of adding the binding, I noticed there was room for a pen along the spine. Adding a pen holder was easy.

I added a pen pocket on the inside spine. Because the green spine fabric is simply topstitched in place, adding another layer of fabric here was quite easy. I simply topstitched another layer of folded fabric on top of the spine.

Pen Holder: Cut a strip 1.75″ x 8″. Fold 1/4″ of long edges to wrong side and press. Fold in half to measure 4″, topstitch along fold. Place on top of spine, match raw edges to bottom. Stitch in place along edges where shown on top of spine. Manage the layers to a nice pleat at the bottom and topstitch to secure.

I didn’t stop there! I grabbed some fantastic Kona fabrics and fussy cut to feature the dragonfly on these two keepers.

I worked with just two fabrics, instead of the three called for in the Template instructions. That meant that the flap closure blended a bit more with the cover.

I made one other modification, making the left lining from a single piece of fabric rather than two pieces. That meant a little more measuring and planning on my part.

I used a Clover magnetic snap for the closure. Velcro would work just as well.

The templates were easy to work with, accurate and gave me confidence. The templates include marks for perfect placement of the snap, spine, etc. Having three sizes on the template with markings for all of these things means less measuring and figuring on my part. Since all cuts are rectangular/square, this project would be easy to customize for any size fit. I used decor bond med/heavy interfacing, pellon fusible fleece and Nancy’s tablet shapers for structure.

Nancy has a great video demo online here: Tablet Keeper Video
Nancy offers a nice step-by-step overview of the project on her blog here: Tablet Keeper Blog Post
Enter Nancy’s giveaway here: Nancy’s Blog Tour Giveaway

January 3            Nancy Zieman         
January 4            Amy Ellis                  
January 5            Sharon Pernes          
January 6            Vicki Christensen    
January 9            Joan Hawley             
January 10            Pat Sloan                 
January 11            Eileen Roche           
January 12            Liz Hicks                 
January 13            Fran Ortmeyer       
January 16            Ilene Miller             
January 17            Julie Herman         
January 18            Jenny Gabriel        
January 19            Natalia Bonner      
January 20            Frieda Anderson   
January 23            Cindy Cloward       
January 24            Beckie Hansen       
January 25            Amy Webb               
January 26            Allie Robertson      
January 27            Mary Mulari             
January 30            Laura Wasilowski  
January 31            Carol Porter              

Clover Needlecraft provided the Tablet Keeper template set, strap interfacing, hardware, and tablet keeper shapers for this project.

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47 Responses to “Nancy Zieman Tablet Keeper: Paper Pad Keeper With Pen Holder”

  1. Wendy Hallgren — January 9, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    I like this! I am thinking it could be modified for my coupon shopping……………..

  2. Grace — January 9, 2012 @ 8:47 am

    I really like both of your covers, but that one with the dragonfly on it is out of this world! Beautiful job on both of them.

  3. candy — January 9, 2012 @ 8:52 am

    Really like this.

  4. Charlie — January 9, 2012 @ 9:08 am

    Great idea to use the dragonfly material. Trust Nancy to come up with templates. Thanks for letting us know about these.

  5. Nancy Zieman — January 9, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    What great Paper-tablet Keepers! The next I make I’ll be adding the pen holder. You’re very clever! Thanks for being part of the blog tour.

  6. Jen (PunkiePie) — January 9, 2012 @ 9:39 am

    Wow. What a super idea. I have an iPad (2 actually) and one has no cover yet. I think I need to make a pretty “home” for it. Thanks for sharing!!

  7. — January 9, 2012 @ 11:02 am

    Funny, I just bought these templates yesterday on ebay. Thanks for the tutorial!

  8. Sue Hines — January 9, 2012 @ 11:03 am

    Ordered my template set on Friday. Can’t wait to try. Thanks for the pen holder idea. I’ve made my own paper and e keepers, but will be nice to have these templates.

  9. Beverly Belaska — January 9, 2012 @ 11:04 am

    Love the e readeer and notepad covers

  10. Janet — January 9, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

    I love the colors you used for the note book holders. So cute and would make nice gifts for friends.

  11. Michele — January 9, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

    Very nice! Love the addition for the pen; I’ll be using that for sure!

  12. Beth — January 9, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

    I really like your choice of fabrics! They are beautiful. This is perfect for keeping your notepads from getting “dog ears”.

  13. Jeanne — January 9, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

    so glad to hear from you,,and glad to see you have your website,,love what I see and look forward to hear about quilting and embroidery,,Yes I am a Quiltaholic,,you take care and have a great day HUGS Cheers angeljeanne (jeanne)

  14. MarciaW — January 9, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

    Really like the modification to have the fussy cut dragonfly fabric in the second keeper project – beautiful

  15. Tamsyn — January 9, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

    Beautiful covers!

  16. Nancy — January 9, 2012 @ 8:21 pm

    WOW, I love your choice of fabrics, especially the batik one, awesome job!

  17. BetsyC — January 9, 2012 @ 9:14 pm

    What great looking tablet keepers! Adding this template set to my “wish list” — can’t wait to create some of my own!

  18. Sue R — January 10, 2012 @ 3:19 am

    I love these! I have a few of her templates but not this one. I also have a pattern for something like this tablet keeper but I love this design. Thanks for sharing – they are gorgeous!

  19. Donna Cox — January 10, 2012 @ 4:13 am

    These are so cute and handy, I must make one for myself.
    Joan you always do such a great job and I love the Blog Tour idea.
    The pen idea rocks can’t believe it wasn’t in the instructions already.
    My only worry would be will those 4 little straps on the corners really
    hold my IPAD securely so it doesn’t fly out of there. Not as worried about
    paper but my expensive electronic that is another matter.

  20. Debbie — January 10, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    Love this idea! My daughter and I both have a Kindle. I see a new cover in our future!

  21. Debbie B — January 10, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    Love your tablet keeper. I especially like the dragonfly fabric. So pretty. I need to make one for my Kindle. Thanks for the info!

  22. kaholly — January 10, 2012 @ 12:04 pm

    I am loving this tablet keeper. I used another pattern to make a cover for my daughter’s nook, but this one is so much nicer. She might just end up with two!!

  23. Carla — January 10, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

    Beautiful designs, I like the corner for papers, and the pen holder.

  24. Jean Blythe — January 10, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

    Those tablet covers are both very pretty! I’m partial to the Asian fabric one, though. Love your LazyGirl patterns.

  25. Liz Schaffner — January 10, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

    WOW…I Love it !
    I got an ipad for my birthdayy and a cover would be great! not to mention the rotary cutter which I deperately need!
    Crossing my fingers b!!

  26. Vickie In Cleveland — January 10, 2012 @ 9:07 pm

    These are so pretty! I love the fabrics for your “scratch pad”. I have a nice, but ugly little notebook I need to cover, but haven’t found the right pattern yet. This looks cool!

  27. Deb — January 10, 2012 @ 9:49 pm

    I have a 5-year One Line a Day diary that I got for Christmas that this would be perfect for!

  28. Shirley in Canada — January 10, 2012 @ 10:22 pm

    I do have to get me one of these! What wonderful gifts they would make!

  29. Marsha — January 10, 2012 @ 11:20 pm

    I want to make one for my Nook and now I think I will make some note holders with the pen inside. Loved the dragonfly one. Just beautiful. Thanks

  30. Cindy — January 11, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    I love, love, love the dragonfly one. I always carry a small notebook in my purse and am now excited to make a holder for it. The pen modification is a great idea. I can never find my pen when I need it. Thanks

  31. Beth T. — January 11, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

    Thanks for your suggestion to use the same fabric for the flap and the cover. I really liked the way that looked and will probably do that when I make mine.

  32. Penny J — January 11, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

    I love yours. This is probably what I’d use it for as I don’t have any of the new gadgets. Thanks!

  33. Lisa Garrett-Bryan — January 13, 2012 @ 12:16 pm

    I am a single mom and qui.ting is available to me when the buget allows and this would be a great gift for me otherwise probably unable to have such items.

  34. Kandy — January 14, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

    Really looking forward to seeing this pattern come to stores near me. I have an e-reader without a cover. Plus I love to use tablets all the time for meetings so this would cover them and they would look pretty.

  35. Linda Mattson — January 18, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

    I loved your choice of using the two colors so your flap blended in. It was great. Good job.

  36. Michele T — January 19, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

    Love the colours for the one with the dragonfly!! Beautiful!!

  37. Christina Doane — January 20, 2012 @ 1:33 am

    Magnificent tablet keeper!! The dragonfly fabric certainly puts it over the top. I would love to know what fabric you used as my sister is a dragonfly person and I would love to surprise her!
    Love, Love, Love all your patterns and Lazy ideas!

  38. Michele in Il. — January 20, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

    wow, love the Kona dragonfly fabric for this project. Awesome job, now off to see more of your lovely creations.

  39. Susan P. — January 21, 2012 @ 9:51 pm

    Your tablet keepers are gorgeous and you did a great job. I’m going to order this template and actually use it! The tablet shapers are a little expensive–is there anything else you could suggest? I’m not too lazy, but a little cheap!

  40. Bob Silverman — January 23, 2012 @ 8:38 am

    Love the project, love the fabric, love the clips!

  41. Susan Melgaard — January 23, 2012 @ 11:40 am

    a group of us made something similar a couple years ago but i must admite i like this one better.

  42. Sharon Arnold — January 24, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    Wow! Love this!

  43. Shirley in Canada — January 25, 2012 @ 6:34 am

    Love your paisley cover!! Great project!

  44. Mary — January 25, 2012 @ 11:58 pm

    Wow! The dragonflies are wonderful. I’d look for that fabric. Thanks for showing us.

  45. Janice — February 6, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

    I love your fabrics and love your notebook holder. I am a paisley and dragonfly nut!! You had me from the first picture. So Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  46. Conishkee — February 13, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

    Hi Joan,

    Can you please let me/us know the name of the purple/blue Kona Bay fabric with dragonflies you used for the tablet? It is absolutely gorgeous!!


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