By Mary Mulari, Guest Blogger

So, it’s January and it’s mostly white outside here in northern Minnesota, but my Kindle Keeper needed to have some color! I chose the Dimples fat quarter fabric collection from Nancy’s Notions and used six different fabrics, along with a black and white stripe for the binding. Since I’ve never had an official storage device for the Kindle I’ve enjoyed for two years, this blog tour project was perfect for me.

I chose a random polka dot embroidery from my Appliqués for Sweatshirts design CD and a monogram letter from my Totes to Go pattern, both available through my website. I enjoyed gathering all the pieces for the project.


The embroidery with its additional Sensuede monogram was used to build the outer pocket, which stores the charging cord for the Kindle. I used the Trace ‘n Create tab template for the cord pocket shape, and also for the inside pocket. The zipper is added so the cord can be inserted near the top of the pocket.

It turned out that the pocket that I originally cut out was not large enough so you can see that I had to add fabric to the top and right side.

For the inside layer of the Kindle Keeper, I chose more Dimples colors. The pocket shape on the left is lined and I added a label that says “Made by Mary Mulari.” I also found a wide aqua hairband, which is the elastic to hold the Kindle in place. (If you know my style, it won’t surprise you that I chose two hair accessories for this project.) To apply the binding, I followed the instructions and also used the little red Clover Wonder Clips—they worked so well! It was easy to slide them off the binding when the presser foot was approaching.

Before sewing on the binding, I sewed a ponytail holder in place on the backside of the Keeper. You can see it extending beyond the edge of the binding on the right side. This is the closure for my Kindle Keeper. Notice the paper tablet I added to the pocket on the left, with a list of books I want to read.

Here’s my Kindle Keeper complete with the button I had to sew by hand to the front for the closure and the cord inserted in the front pocket. I’m going to enjoy carrying my Kindle in this bright holder.

Thanks to Clover and to Nancy Zieman for sponsoring this challenge to make a Trace ‘n Create Tablet Keeper. The templates and the instructions will help you create a classy tablet keeper you’ll be proud to use or give as a gift.


Mary Mulari

Mary’s Productions

Thanks, Mary!

The Blog Tour Continues

Each weekday, for 20 days in January, be sure to visit the guest blogger’s site to see their Tablet Keeper creation. Each day on my Facebook page, I’ll be directing you to the next stop on the Blog Tour.

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      

We’re here today!

January 27            Mary Mulari             

January 30            Laura Wasilowski  

January 31            Carol Porter              

We’ve added a Giveaway to the Tablet Keeper Blog tour. We’ll be sending three lucky, random winners a Clover Prize Package valued at $135.00. Names will be drawn on February 1, 2012. Here is what’s included in each of the three Prize Packages:

  •  45 mm Clover Rotary Cutter
  • Quick Bias Marble Tapes
  • Silk Thread
  • Magnet Pin Caddy
  • Double Sided Thimble
  • Nancy Zieman Grandmother’s One Patch Template Collection with Free project sheet
  • Gold Eye Needles
  • Clover Pins.


For chances to win one of the prizes, please post comments on this site (yes you can enter once a day). Share your thoughts about the Tablet Keepers you see on the blog tour and/or about the Tablet Keeper you plan to make. Three random winners will be selected and posted, Wednesday, February 1st.

I am extending a big thank you to Clover for sponsoring the Tablet Keeper Blog Tour! Check out this free project sheet for more inspiration.

Have you made your Tablet Keeper yet? Share a photo of your completed Tablet Keeper at my Tablet Keeper Flickr site. 

Bye for now,

Nancy Zieman The Blog

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