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 http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog
January 4 Amy Ellis http://amyscreativeside.com/
January 5 Sharon Pernes http://craizeecorner.blogspot.com/
January 6 Vicki Christensen http://www.sewinspiredblog.com/
January 9 Joan Hawley http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/blog/
January 10 Pat Sloan http://patsloan.typepad.com/
January 11 Eileen Roche http://dzgns.com/blog/
January 12 Liz Hicks http://blogerisms.blogspot.com/
January 13 Fran Ortmeyer http://cloverusa.wordpress.com/
January 16 Ilene Miller http://happyvalleyprimitives.blogspot.com/
January 17 Julie Herman http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/
January 18 Jenny Gabriel http://www.sewvacoutletblog.com/
January 19 Natalia Bonner http://www.piecenquilt.blogspot.com/
January 20 Frieda Anderson http://friestyle.blogspot.com/
January 23 Cindy Cloward http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/blog/
January 24 Beckie Hansen http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog
January 25 Amy Webb http://www.amylouwhosews.com/
January 26 Allie Robertson http://thinkcrafts.com/
January 27 Mary Mulari http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog
January 30 Laura Wasilowski http://artfabrik.blogspot.com/
January 31 Carol Porter http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog
Clover Needlecraft provided the Tablet Keeper template set, strap interfacing, hardware, and tablet keeper shapers for this project.
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