DIY Travel Pillow Cases

With warmer weather quickly approaching, now is a perfect time to make a few DIY Travel Pillow Cases!  This fun and easy method will allow you to make one for each person in your family.  They make great gifts too!  Let me show you how!

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Option 2: Purchase this PDF pattern

Use this link to purchase the fabric cutting instructions. You’ll be emailed a download link for a file that references the instructions in this tutorial and provides the cutting measurements for this pattern.  You’ll also be able to purchase this file in my shop.

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Here are the materials you will need to make a Travel Pillow Case:

DIY Travel Pillow Case – Materials List
  • Pillow Case Pattern
  • Qty (1) 12” x 16” Pillow Form
  • ½ Yard of Fabric for your Main Print (*Royals Fabric)
  • ¼ Yard of Fabric for your Pillowcase Band (French Blue)
  • 1/8 Yard of Fabric for your Pillowcase Trim (White)
DIY Travel Pillow Case – Basic Supplies

Download my pattern for your cutting instructions and have a great time making your DIY Travel Pillow Case!  If you like video instructions; check out this video, which follows the same steps.  Please note that the video is showing you how to make a full-sized pillowcase.  The steps for the DIY Travel Pillow Case size are the same (just smaller).

Let me share a few pictures of some great group sewing events we had.  All the participants made their own DIY Travel Pillow Case!  Aren’t they fabulous??!?

Make a Travel Sized Pillow Case! This fun and easy method is quick and simple! Perfect for the beginner! Let me show you how! #sewing #TravelPillowCase #PillowcaseTutorial #RoadTrips #FreePattern #GiftIdeas #Sew #ForKids #HowToMake #VideoTutorial #StepByStep #Easy #Simple #SpringBreak #SummerVacation #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

 

Make a Travel Sized Pillow Case! This fun and easy method is quick and simple! Perfect for the beginner! Let me show you how! #sewing #TravelPillowCase #PillowcaseTutorial #RoadTrips #FreePattern #GiftIdeas #Sew #ForKids #HowToMake #VideoTutorial #StepByStep #Easy #Simple #SpringBreak #SummerVacation #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

I hope you make lots and lots of these fun DIY Travel Pillow Cases!

Happy Sewing!

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How to get PERFECT Seam Allowance

In this tutorial, I will show you several different ways to achieve a perfect seam allowance for your sewing projects.  

Using my Juki TL2010Q sewing machine, I will introduce you to several different tools that will get you sewing like a pro!

In this tutorial, I will show you several different ways to achieve a perfect seam allowance for your sewing projects.  Watch the FREE video tutorial and start sewing like a PRO! #SeamAllowance #SewingSkills

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Tools for Seam Allowance

Washi Tape

The 1st tool is something that you may have already at your house.  Washi Tape is an easily available and inexpensive product.  Simply place washi tape on the faceplate of your sewing machine.  Usually, there are seam lines that are already embossed on your faceplate.  To get started you can align your washi tape at the quarter-inch marking.  Once you’ve aligned your tape, against your desired seam allowance marking, you can simply position the edge of your fabric against the edge of the washi tape.  This technique is quick and easy and can provide excellent results!  I use a seam guide to ensure that my seam allowance is correct!

Magnetic Seam Guide

In this tutorial, I will show you several different ways to achieve a perfect seam allowance for your sewing projects.  Watch the FREE video tutorial and start sewing like a PRO! #SeamAllowance #SewingSkills

The second tool I want to show you is the Magnetic Seam Guide.  This gadget has a strong magnet on the back and will hold into place on your sewing machine faceplate. To use this tool, simply locate your desired seam allowance and align the edge of the magnetic seam guide to the edge of the seam allowance line. (What makes the magnetic seam guide better than washi tape is the raised edge of the guide.  It is much easier to hold the fabric edge next to the magnetic seam guide.) You can easily move the guide further in or further out – depending upon the seam allowance you might need for different projects.

Quarter Inch Presser Foot

In this tutorial, I will show you several different ways to achieve a perfect seam allowance for your sewing projects.  Using a 1/4

One of my favorite ways to get a great seam allowance is by using a Juki Brand quarter-inch presser foot. While this foot doesn’t come standard with the Juki TL2010Q; it is easily purchased aftermarket. These feet are super simple to switch out. You just remove the side screw and replace the foot. Once you have the new foot in the place you can just begin sewing.  This foot is specifically for a quarter-inch seam allowance. This specialty sewing foot is particularly great for making quilt blocks.  

Marking a Sewing Line

In this tutorial, I will show you several different ways to achieve a perfect seam allowance for your sewing projects.  Using a Frixion Pen and an Acrylic Ruler is just one of the ways to help you create perfect seam allowance.  Watch the FREE video tutorial and start sewing like a PRO! #SeamAllowance #SewingSkills

One of the last ways to sew with perfect seam allowance is by marking your sewing lines. Whenever I mark my sewing lines, I like to use a Frixion Pen.  These pens are super useful. The magic is when you apply heat. You simply mark on your fabric and then press with your hot iron and the marks magically disappear.  Now, I will tell you that I only use these pens for marking my sewing lines.  I never use these in an area that won’t be hidden by stitches or a seam allowance.  To mark your sewing line, just lay your acrylic ruler over the edge of your fabric.  Draw your line, right against the edge of your ruler. Sewing lines are also very helpful if you are new to sewing and need that extra bit of visual help.

Be sure to watch my video tutorial, which shows you how to use each of the above tools mentioned.  

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I hope this article gave you some ideas and help in order to achieve a perfect seam allowance. Be sure to check out my Facebook Group and Instagram Stories for more inspiration!

Happy Stitching!

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How to Face a Quilt

Facing a Quilt is a wonderful way to finish your quilt!  After all the work of designing and piecing – finishing is very exciting!  There are many ways to finish a quilt.  In this tutorial, I will show you how to add facing to your quilt as an excellent way to finish!  Don’t forget to watch the video tutorial too!

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Quilt Facing SUPPLY LIST

  • Quilted (unbound) quilt top – any size will work
  • Qty (4) squares of fabric- measuring 4″ x 4″
  • Qty (4) facing strips – cut two WOF strips measuring 2.5″ wide and then cut these in half

BASIC SEWING SUPPLIES NEEDED

This art quilt consists of several class samples from a Modern Quilting Class I took with my local guild last summer.   Besides a quilted top, you will also need your corner pieces (which can also come in handy for hanging your quilt, four facing fabric strips that are at least the length of each side of your quilt top.  You can use sewing pins or clips.  I prefer clips for this technique, so that is what I will use in this tutorial.  You will also need a pair of scissors.  

Sewing the Facing

Once we have all the facing and corner pieces attached to our quilt top, we will sew these in place.  Simply start at one corner and sew the entire perimeter of your quilt, using a one quarter inch seam allowance.  I love using a sewing stiletto to help keep the fabric in place while I’m sewing.  This is especially useful when you want to keep your fingers away from the needle.  While you are sewing, when you reach a corner of the quilt, ensure that your needle is in the down position – lift up your presser foot and pivot your quilt.  Continue sewing around the entire perimeter of the quilt

Once you have all the facing and corner pieces secured with your stitching, you will take just a moment to press your facing strips out. I love using my Wool Pressing Mat.  The next step is to sew a line of stitches along the facing strips, just about an eighth of an inch away from your seam.  The purpose of this step is to help the facing strips easily fold to the back of the quilt. 

Using your scissors, snip away each of the corners.  Be careful not to snip past the diagonal line of stitching you made earlier.  Making these little snips will reduce the bulk in the corners when you turn the facing right side out.  When turning your facing right side out, simply flip out each corner of the quilt.  The raw edges of the facing strips will be hidden behind the facing corners.  I used a chopstick to help my corners along.

Quilt Facing Finishing Touches

Next, we will hand-bind the facing strips to the back of your quilt.  I found the easiest way to do this is to clip the  facing strip into position.  You can even move the corner to the back so you can reach the raw edge of each strip to hand stitch this down.  Once your binding is finished, you can add a dowel rod to the insides in case you wanted to hang your quilt on the wall.

The finished Faced Quilt!

I really like the way facing a quilt does not take away from the original design of this quilt.  Regular binding would have districted the vision of this mini quilt and taken away from all the soft curves.  I hope you enjoyed and learned from this tutorial.  Be sure to watch the video tutorial!

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Let me know, in the comments below, if you have ever tried facing a quilt.  I love hearing from you!  Happy Quilting!

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Pleated Face Mask Tutorial

Making a pleated face mask is a pretty easy thing to do!  There isn’t a special pattern template you need, you don’t really need to worry about sizing and my version has you using fabric ties instead of elastic.  Follow along in this tutorial as we make a pleated face mask with a flexible nose wire and filter pocket!  Let’s get started!

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Pleated Face Mask Materials List

  • 1/3 yard of 100% Cotton Fabric (I used an out of print Wonder Woman Fabric and this Pewter fabric for my straps)
    • Mask = Qty (1) 8″ x 16″
    • Fabric Ties = Qty (2) 1.75″ x WOF (width of fabric – usually 42-44 inches)
  • Pleater Board (this is a handy tool to help speed up mask production)
    • You can get instructions to make your own Pleater Board right HERE
  • Flexible Nose Wire
  • Filter
    • This mask has a pocket filter, so you can choose whatever filter you want to add.  To learn more about what the CDC recommends – read this article.

BASIC SEWING SUPPLIES NEEDED

making a pleated face mask

Cut your fabric, according to the measurements I noted in the material list above.  Serge the short ends of the mask fabric.  You can learn more about the serger that I used right HERE.

Juki 2000QVP

If you don’t have a serger – you can simply hem the edges over by 1/4″.  Fold the mask, RST (right sides together), and make a one and a half inches sewing line from each end – leaving a 5-inch opening.  Fold each serged edge down, WRT (wrong sides together) and press.  Turn the mask right side out and press so that the opening is positioned one inch down from the top.  Make a single line of stitches, just 1/8″ above the top fold of the mask opening.  Work your mask through the pleater board.  To watch the tutorial for the pleater board right HERE.

making fabric ties

Cut your fabric, according to the measurements I noted in the material list above.  I used a 7/8″ (25mm) bias tape tool (optional but helpful).

  • I like to use a pin to help feed the strip of fabric through the large end of the bias tape tool so that when it comes out the small end, the sides are folded to the center.
  • Move the strip of fabric through the tool, pressing it as it comes out to set the folds.  This wool pressing mat really comes in handy for tasks like this!

PRO TIP:

If you don’t have a bias tape tool, you can fold the strip in half lengthwise and press. Open it and carefully press the long edges to the center one at a time.

 

  • Fold the strip in half again so it is approximately 1/2’’ wide and press.
  • Sew down the length of the fabric tie to secure it.

If possible (depending on your sewing machine), move your needle all the way to one side so that the fabric strip is over one of the feed dogs. This will help it move smoothly through the machine.

Completing the Pleated Face Mask

Take your mask piece and align the raw edges with the middle of the folded fabric ties.  Secure the mask to the fabric ties with clips and sew the fabric ties closed while capturing the mask along the way.  I used my Industrial Sewing Machine to finish my mask.  You certainly don’t need a workhorse machine like this to make a simple face mask, but since I have made over 150 masks – my Industrial Sewing Machine has come in quite handy!

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Whichever style mask you decide to make, it is important to remember that handmade face masks will not prevent someone from becoming infected with COVID-19. They are approved by the CDC to be used as a last resort when all other PPE options have run out.  Health providers experiencing shortages, who have handmade masks, can use them on lower-risk patients allowing N95s to be reserved for emergency cases. This post is in response to pleas from hospitals, first responders and essential workers for handmade masks.

It is important that you wash your hands and practice social distancing.  If you are a healthcare worker, first responder or essential worker – God Bless and protect you!

If I can add you to my prayer list, please leave a comment below!

Just keep sewing!

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DIY Pleater Board for Face Masks

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DIY Pleater Board for Face Masks

Have you been making the pleated face masks?  Are you getting frustrated with how your pleats are turning out?  Does making pleated face masks seem to take a long time?  That’s what I was thinking until I realized that a pleater board would make this process so much more efficient!  Take a look at my video tutorial for a DIY Pleater Board, download the measurements and start making masks, more efficiently!

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Pleater board Materials list

At the beginning of the Corona Virus pandemic, and during our Stay at Home order, I was making a pleated face mask and became frustrated with making pleats.  I was making large batches of face masks for the healthcare industry, first responders and also for our local nursing homes.  I wanted to make lots of masks and I wanted to make them as efficiently as possible.  I was becoming frustrated because my pleats were turning out uneven and it was taking longer than I thought necessary to pleat a single mask.

I was chatting with a fellow sewist and she told me that I should use a pleater board for my pleats.  To be honest, I had never heard of a pleater board before.  I am a novice at garment sewing and this was not a term that I recognized.  I did some research and quickly learned that this tool would be a GAME CHANGER for making pleated masks.

I enlisted the help of my friend’s husband, who is an engineer.  This guy is a regular smarty pants and made me a prototype of my first pleater board.  I loved it and used it and even tweaked it to make it perfect enough to share it with you all!

Before you watch my quick video tutorial, I will tell you that my un-pleated mask measures 8 inches wide and 7 inches tall.  I know that there are a ton of pleated face mask tutorials out there.  I made my board work specifically with my pleated face mask measurements.  You can certainly try my pleater board with a different mask pattern – but do so knowing that your results may vary.  Just sayin’

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This video tutorial shows you how to assemble and use your DIY Pleater Board.  Be sure to download the DIY Pleater Board Measurements and gather your materials.  This project will only take a little bit of time, but save you LOADS of time with your mask making efforts!

I am so proud of how valuable the sewist has become, in these difficult times.  If you are making masks for yourself and/or others – I applaud you!  Thanks for making a difference!  I truly hope this little face mask hack will help you help others.

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How to make a Handmade Face Mask

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DIY Jeans Inseam Patch Repair

ve you ever had a favorite pair of jeans that needed inseam repair?  Have you contemplated throwing them away because you weren’t sure how to fix them without drawing unwanted attention to your inseam?  I think we have all been there!  In this article, I will show you how to fix your favorite pair of jeans by doing a Jeans Inseam Patch Repair!  Check out the materials list and don’t forget to watch the video tutorial!

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Jeans Inseam Patch Repair Material LISt

Basic Sewing Supplies & Tools Needed

Why use Misty Fuse for the Jeans Inseam Patch Repair?

Misty Fuse Webbing

The reason I love Misty Fuse adhesive is that it does not gum up my needle and this product is incredibly versatile!  Mistyfuse® is the environmentally-friendly fusible appliqué web—acid-free and made in a green industrial park here in the USA, without solvents or harsh chemicals, and without body modifiers or blow additives or sticky adhesives. It’s been extruded to an ultra-fine web for a stay-soft, strong bond without adding bulk. It will never gum-up needles. Mistyfuse is suitable for a wide variety of fabrics. Mistyfuse comes in White, Black and Mistyfuse Ultraviolet and is available in 20″ x 2½ yd or 10yd packages and also various Bolt options.

 

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This video tutorial shows you how to repair your Jeans by creating your own denim patch, fusing the patch with a lightweight adhesive and sewing it in place.  Trimming the excess patch away finishes the job and this Jeans Inseam Repair could not be simpler!  Click below to watch the video!

Jeans Inseam Patch Repair video tutorial

Do you have any jeans that are in need of repair right now?  Give this technique a try!  I have been using this technique for a couple of years (after trying several other ways) and just love it!

Happy Sewing!

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How to make a Handmade Face Mask

Follow along and learn how to make a handmade Face Mask for yourself and for others!  There are many different kinds of masks to choose from.  My pattern offers four sizes, plus a few options along the way.  Learn how to add a flexible nose wire and also a filter pocket to your face mask.  My pattern offers options for elastic or fabric ties.  Let’s dive right in and see how to make a handmade face mask!

👉 Get Your Pattern HERE 👈

Face Mask Pattern - Four Different Sizes plus filter pocket and flexible nose wire.

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Face Mask Material LIST

  • Face Mask Pattern
  • Qty (1) Exterior Fabric (I use 100% Quilting Cotton) – Fabric amount depends upon mask size
  • Qty (1) Lining Fabric (I used fabric from my online shop) – Fabric amount depends upon mask size
  • Mask Closure
    • Elastic
    • Binding Strips (these can be made like my lanyard tape – minus the interfacing)
  • Flexible Nose Wire
    • I used 4″ of 18 gauge wire
Basic Sewing Supplies & Tools Needed

👉 Get Your Pattern HERE 👈

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I have two videos available for the same pattern.  The first video shows how to make a handmade face mask without the flexible nose wire and filter pocket, while the second video shows the additions of the flexible nose wire and filter pocket.  Watch both and decide which option is best for you!

DIY Handmade Face Mask Pattern in four sizes

 

DIY Handmade Face Mask Pattern with filter pocket and flexible nose wire

Whichever style mask you decide to make, it is important to remember that handmade face masks will not prevent someone from becoming infected with COVID-19. They are approved by the CDC to be used as a last resort when all other PPE options have run out.  Health providers experiencing shortages, who have handmade masks, can use them on lower-risk patients allowing N95s to be reserved for emergency cases. This post is in response to pleas from hospitals, first responders and essential workers for handmade masks.

It is important that you wash your hands and practice social distancing.  If you are a healthcare worker, first responder or essential worker – God Bless and protect you!

If I can add you to my prayer list, please leave a comment below!

Just keep sewing!

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Accuquilt Drunkard’s Path Quilt Block

Making an Accuquilt Drunkard’s Path Quilt Block looks more difficult than it really is.  Let me show you how simple these are to make, especially when using the Accuquilt cutting system!

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Accuquilt DRUNKARD’S PATH QUILT BLOCK SUPPLY LIST

BASIC SEWING SUPPLIES NEEDED

A FEW TIPS TO MAKE THE DRUNKARD’S PATH QUILT BLOCK

For this project, I used the Accuquilt Go Cutter, the 7-inch Drunkard’s Path Die and the 10” x 24” Accuquilt Mat.  I cut my fabric to fit the die pieces.  I am stacking several layers of fabric at a time as well.  Once you run your die through the cutter, simply remove the Accuquilt Mat and discard the bits of excess fabric.  

Sewing curves is easier than you might think!  Simply align the notches that the Accuquilt cutter made in your fabric and start pinning.  Begin by aligning and pinning the center notches.  I like to align each edge and pin along the way.  Sew a quarter-inch seam allowance along the curved edge.  When sewing the curved edge, it is important to take your time.  You shouldn’t need to stretch your fabric.  Just make adjustments along the way.  I like to use a stiletto.  It helps me keep the fabric where I want them to be.  Once the curve is sewn together, we can press our seam to the darkest fabric.

For this tutorial, I made 4 Drunkard’s Path units.  Each unit is pressed towards the darkest fabric to help the seams nest.  When joining the blocks together, it is important to NEST the seams.  I like to pin on each side of the seam nest.  If it helps you, I recommend making a sewing line to keep your quarter inch seam measurements accurate.  Once that seam is in place, then press the seam to the darkest fabric.  Repeat that step for the other block sets.

For the final seam, align the middle seam nest and pin on each side.  Do the same for both seam nests on either end as well.  I like to add a few more pins to keep the fabric in place.  Making a sewing line to ensure an accurate seam allowance is always a great idea!  Press the final seam open.

Be sure to watch my Video Tutorial and see just how easy it is when you use the Accuquilt cutting system to cut your fabric!

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I think this block set turned out really great!  I just loved making these quilt blocks! What do you think?  Are you ready to make your own?

Be sure to share your Drunkard’s Path Quilt Blocks on my Facebook Group!

Happy Quilting!

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Drunkard’s Path Quilt Block Tutorial

The Drunkard’s Path Quilt block is a fun and versatile quilt block!  While the Drunkards Path Quilt Block is a traditional block, you can use it in a variety of ways to make it modern! Many people shy away from the Drunkard’s Path Quilt Block because of the curved seam.  Don’t let that prevent you from trying this out yourself.  As you will see in my video below, I breakdown the construction and assembly of this quilt block and share some tips and tricks along the way.  All you need is a good pattern, a few tips, and some practice and you will be well on your way to loving the Drunkard’s Path Quilt Block.

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Drunkard’s Path QUILT BLOCK SUPPLY LIST

BASIC SEWING SUPPLIES NEEDED

A few tips to make the Drunkard’s Path Quilt Block

Mark your seam allowance on one of your pieces.  I have always found it useful to sew along a marked line.  When sewing curves, it is especially helpful!  I used a #2 pencil for this marking, but you can use a chalk pen, invisible ink or even a frixion pen if you wanted!

You can never have too many sewing pins when assembling the Drunkard’s Path Quilt Block!  Of course, this will force you to slow down as you take them out during the sewing process.  Luckily – this isn’t a race.  Take your time and do your best to sew around the curve while maintaining your 1/4″ seam allowance.

After you’ve sewn your block together, you can decide which way you want to press your seam.  I try to look at my next block and how these will come together.  Pressing seams so that you can eventually nest your seams should stay in the back of your mind.  Use a wool pressing mat and spray starch to help your block lay flat.

The amount of fabric needed will depend on the number of blocks and the size of blocks you make.  This pattern has 5 different sizes to choose from!

Check out this video to give you an idea of how to make the quilt block.  You will love how easy it is to make and want to make more!

Be sure to show your completed Drunkard’s Path Quilt Blocks projects in my Facebook Group!

We would love to see your work!

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Until next time, Happy Quilting!

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DIY Planner Cover

I just love my 2020 Quilter’s Planner!  I wanted to make a cover for it, but the patterns I found did not give me all the customizations that I wanted for my own planner cover.  It was important to have a flap with some sort of closure, an interior zipper pocket and also a spot for my small notebooks.  I decided I needed to go ahead and make my own DIY planner cover and that is just what I did!  Keep reading to learn more about my DIY Planner Cover and how you can make one for yourself!

Make your own Quilter's Planner! This pattern has a zippered pocket and a Notebook sleeve! Choose your own closure too! Watch my free video tutorial and sew your own Planner Cover #PlannerCover #QuiltersPlannerCover #SewingTutorial #DIYPlannerCover #SewingPattern #VideoTutorial

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planner cover Pattern

I drafted and published my own Planner Cover Pattern.  This design is perfect for my 2020 Quilter’s Planner and can be used with many different types of closures.

Magnetic Snap Closure

For one of my Planner Covers, I decided to use a magnetic snap.  These are super simple to install and the hardware comes in a variety of finishes (Gunmetal, Antique Bronze, Gold & Nickel).  I thought that the gunmetal finish looked best for the fabric that I was using for my Planner Cover.  I used a small piece of Peltex to stabilize the washer.  Be sure to watch my video below for visual instructions!

Use these Magnetic Snaps in your purse and bag making! Watch my free video tutorial. #MagneticSnap #PurseHardware #BagHardware #PlannerCover #QuiltersPlannerCover #SewingTutorial #DIYPlannerCover #SewingPattern #VideoTutorial

Inset Zipper Pocket

I love having a pencil, pens, markers, and colored pencils handy for my DIY Planner Cover.  I decided to create an interior inset zipper (or welted zipper pocket) for the left interior sleeve.  I used a #5 zipper (which has a wider tape).  I get all my zippers from my favorite online shop.  She has a great selection and super quick shipping!  I used a coordinating fabric for the interior of the zipper pocket.  I just love all the little details (even the custom sewn-in woven labels)!

Make your own Quilter's Planner! This pattern has a zippered pocket and a Notebook sleeve! Choose your own closure too! Watch my free video tutorial and sew your own Planner Cover #PlannerCover #QuiltersPlannerCover #SewingTutorial #DIYPlannerCover #SewingPattern #VideoTutorial Make your own Quilter's Planner! This pattern has a zippered pocket and a Notebook sleeve! Choose your own closure too! Watch my free video tutorial and sew your own Planner Cover #PlannerCover #QuiltersPlannerCover #SewingTutorial #DIYPlannerCover #SewingPattern #VideoTutorial

Notebook pocket

I am a notetaker and a list maker!  I love to jot down notes and keep track of my lists while I’m working with my planner.  I use these little note pads all the time and wanted to incorporate a small pocket on the opposite interior sleeve to accommodate these notepads.  I used the same method as the inset zipper, just omitted the zipper.  Super simple!

Make your own Quilter's Planner! This pattern has a zippered pocket and a Notebook sleeve! Choose your own closure too! Watch my free video tutorial and sew your own Planner Cover #PlannerCover #QuiltersPlannerCover #SewingTutorial #DIYPlannerCover #SewingPattern #VideoTutorial

DIY Planner Cover Material LIST

  • Planner Cover Pattern
  • Qty (1/3) yard fabric for Exterior Body & Zipper Pocket Lining
    • more needed if your fabric is directional
  • Qty (1/3) yard fabric for Interior Body, Interior Sleeves & Notebook Pocket
    • more needed if your fabric is directional
  • Qty (1/3) yard fabric for Exterior Sleeves & Interior Flap
  • Approximately 8″ x 12″ for the Exterior Flap
    • It is up to you on what type of fabric you want to choose for this.
      • Be mindful that your machine will need to sew through this, plus several other layers during assembly.  If you want a machine that can handle it all – check out my blog series on my Industrial Sewing Machine!
  • Approx. 30″ x 12″ of Batting or Foam
    • I would recommend either Quilter’s Dream Supreme batting or Soft and Stable Foam.
  • Approx. 14″ x 12″ of Decor Bond interfacing
  • Peltex scraps
  • Qty (1) 9″ zipper (I get my zippers here)
    • be sure to get a #5 or purse zipper.  The tape is wider.
  • Qty (1) closure
  • Qty (1) Custom Label (optional)
Basic Sewing Supplies & Tools Needed

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