When developing the Sewing With Nancy series on how to create covers for electronic tablets or low-tech paper tablets, it was exciting to see how a small amount of stitching or a creative use of fabric could create a stylish cover. The first of the two-part series, Sew Techie Covers, demonstrates how simple embellishments can transform the practical device covers. Watch the episode online.
In this first episode you’ll learn these three easy stitching techniques:
- E-appliqué tips
- How to Stitch Techie Circles
- Undercover Stitching accents
Choose a Tablet Keeper Template
To create these functional, yet fashionable tablet covers, use Clover’s E-Tablet & Paper Tablet Keeper Templates. There are two template offerings. Why you may ask? Good question: After designing and bringing the first template to market, more electronic tablets with different sizes were introduced. So, a second tablet keeper was needed.
Select the original Clover’s Trace ‘n Create Tablet Keeper Template for an iPad, iPad Mini, or the original Kindle. (There are more tablets that fit the original Tablet Keeper.) Click here to view the original Tablet Keeper Template device listing.
Select the newer Tablet Keeper, Trace ‘n Create Tablet Keeper Template 2.0, for the Kindle Fire, Nook, and many more. Click here to view the Tablet Keeper 2.0 device listing. If you don’t see your tablet listed, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add your electronic device to the listings.
I know that not all of you clicked to watch the video . . . sigh. To give you an idea of what you may be missing, here are the highlights of one of the three easy stitching techniques, Undercover Stitching (otherwise known as bobbin work).
- Wind 6- or 12-weight thread in a bobbin, using conventional bobbin winding techniques. I selected Madeira’s Decora 6 wt. thread. Note: If your machine has difficulty winding heavier thread, wind the thread by hand. Thread the needle with all-purpose thread.
- Insert the bobbin into the bobbin case.
- Back the fabric with interfacing, and add a second stabilizer and length of interfacing in the stitching area. Then, mark the stitching line on the wrong side of the fabric.
- Choose a non-satin, decorative stitch. An outline or open stitch is best suited for bobbin work. Lengthen the stitch for best results. Test the stitch on sample fabric.
- Check the look of the stitch on the right side. My test stitch had a few hiccups! So, I adjusted the settings, lengthening the stitch. It doesn’t always go perfectly for me either!
- Helpful Hint! Some machines handle heavier thread in the bobbin if you bypass the bobbin case tension. In short, don’t pass the thread through the bobbin case tension guide.
- Also, test a variety of stitch settings, lengthening/shortening or narrowing/widening the stitch length and/or width. A straight stitch is also ideal! A narrower stitch width setting was used for the strap.
Watch Sew Techie Covers (Part One) on Sewing With Nancy online.
A book with 12 Sew Techie Cover Ideas
The Undercover Stitching idea is just one of 12 techniques found in Sew Techie Covers! Check out all the options!
For a chance to win a copy of Sew Techie Covers leave a comment sharing your ideas for embellishing your tablet keeper. A randomly selected winner will be announced on June 25.
The random winner of the Ultimate Serger Technique Workbook is Barb Steinmetz. Her comment was: I just bought the Evolution at Sewing Weekend and want to learn how to work with decorative threads and the wave stitch.
Bye for now,