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.
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/
January 24 Beckie Hansen http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog
January 25 Amy Webb http://www.amylouwhosews.com/
January 26 Allie Robertson http://thinkcrafts.com/
We’re here today!
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,