This time of year I like to print out a new set of calendar pages for my day planner. Then I like to get started planning. This year I decided to spruce up the old day planner with a new cover.
I've never made one before so I had to put a little bit of thought into what I wanted and how the heck I was going to make it. I sketched it out on paper and after running it over in my mind for a couple of days I was ready to get busy.
The fabric I selected from my stash and I love it!
To begin I cut two pieces that were 9" X 12" and two pieces that were 6" X 9". I also cut some interfacing in the same dimensions. I cut the 6" X 9" piece of interfacing in half so I would have two pieces measuring 3" X 9".
I folded and pressed the 6" X 9" pieces in half lengthwise and inserted the smaller pieces of interfacing inside the folded pieces. I pressed them again and then topstitched the folded edge. These pieces will make the side pockets to hold notes, lists, coupons, etc.
Next I layered the pieces so the larger pieces faced each other with the smaller pieces sandwiched in between at the edges. I layered the interfacing on top and pinned it all into place.
After stitching the edges with a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving a 2 inch opening for turning, I clipped each corner. I then turned it all right side out and pressed it.
At this point I decided to add a pieced of elastic to hold the calendar pages in place. Next time I'll add this before sewing but this time I just turned in inside out again and used my seam ripper to open the top edge a little bit and tucked in the elastic. I stitched it in place, turned it right side out and tucked the end in place at the opening. Once it was pinned in place I topped stitched it between the side pockets to close the opening and hold the elastic.
I also decided after the fact to add an elastic loop so I could make a closure. Next time I'll add it before I sew it all together too. I picked a button out of my button jar and stitched it into place.
|After trimming I folded them in half to fit inside better|
|Who has hot pink elastic?! Apparently I do.|
Lastly, I took my printed pages and trimmed off the tops of each page a little to fit inside the cover. I also added a piece of cardstock trimmed to size to add a little more stiffness to the cover, although it was pretty nice all on its own.
|Love the side pockets for tucking in notes, lists and coupons.|
|Fits inside my purse perfectly.|
For my first one, and a prototype, I think it turned out fairly well. I'm sure it will last quite awhile and I'll get a lot of use out of it.