By Beckie Hansen, Clover Demonstrator, Guest Blogger
I love finding new tools and projects that will inspire beginners and the next generation of sewers. The Trace ‘n Create E-Tablet & Paper Tablet Keeper Template helps you accomplish just that. The templates come with step-by-step directions that are easy to follow. The projects involve straight-line cutting and sewing. You are the designer so you can be creative, express yourself, and explore your talents.
As much as we all love to buy fabric, why not start with a pair of jeans too-soon outgrown? Carpenter jeans work well for a boys project, the pockets and loops make for places to put pencils, calculators, keys, and phones. For girls, embroidered jeans, either bought or embellished, are great for the closure flaps, fronts, or pockets. Denim wears well, and jeans have more than enough fabric to get this project started.
Have fun with the inside as well. Get the kids involved in the choices. Learn a new skill such as hand dye, tie dye, or marble the fabric for the inside. Kids love to explore and take ownership of their accomplishments.
Make sure you remember to get the Pre-cut Tablet Keeper Shapers for your Tablet Keeper project. The Shapers will add stability and protect electronics.
Think outside of the box for your projects. Menswear, slacks, and vests would be great in a “Dad’s” Tablet Keeper. Pinstripe cut on the bias for the binding, used with Clover’s new fuse ’n bind, works wonderful. For Mom or Grandma maybe an apron made into a Tablet Keeper—for favorite family recipes. This could be a wonderful family project to be cherished for generations. I am sure that ideas have just been sparked, and you will all have fun with the Trace ’n Create templates. I know my grandsons will each be making one very soon.
Have fun making a Tablet Keeper for a loved one or for yourself!
Thank you, Beckie!
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 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/
We’re here today!
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
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.
Have you made your Tablet Keeper yet? Share a photo of your completed Tablet Keeper at my Tablet Keeper Flickr site.
Bye for now,