How to Make a Tablet Keeper
Once you learn to make your own delicious Construction Paper Fabric-Paper, why not use some of it to make your own Tablet Keeper? From your fabric-paper, beautiful threads and yummy fibers, your Tablet Keeper will be ALL yours and it's the perfect size to hold a small legal pad, business cards and recycled junk-mail note pads that you stitch on your sewing machine. Let's get going!! Click the play button in the video below.
What you will Learn:
Secrets for Delightful Free-Motion Stitching
If you don't have a free-motion presser foot for your sewing machine, you NEED one. Check this one out.
Learn to Use a Rotary Cutter, Mat and Ruler
Using a rotary cutter makes quick work of preparing your Table Keeper pieces. Get your Rotary Cutter here. Buy a great self-healing mat here. Get a 6x12 ruler here. Buy a 12 square ruler here.
How to Create Beautiful Satin Stitching
You need an open-toe presser foot for your machine. Get a presser foot here. Get King Tut thread for gorgeous satin stitching here.
How to Finish Edges With Fiber
Beautiful fibers and yarns create a unique finish for your Tablet Keeper. Buy yummy yarns here.
Learn to Turn Corners
Machines don't like stitching challenges. Learn to turn corners without getting stuck.
How to Create Stitched Cords
By stitching over yarns and fibers, you can make a delicious closure for your Tablet Keeper. Buy the perfect yarn here.
Class Supplies you will Need:
Construction Paper Fabric-paper
Don't have fabric-paper, try Duck Cloth. See class video and class notes for sizes.
Cotton Lining Fabric
A fat quarter is enough if you're careful! I love to use Batiks.
If you don't have a good sewing machine, get one. You deserve it!
Free-Motion Presser Foot
To create beautiful free-motion stitching, you need a presser foot for your machine. Get one like this for YOUR machine.
Open-toe Presser Foot
Perfect satin stitching requires an open-toe presser foot. Get one like this for YOUR machine.
This teflon sheet makes free-motion stitching a breeze. Buy the one I use here.
Believe it or not, painter's tape is a staple in my sewing room! Get Painter's Tape here.
You need size 90/14 Topstitch needles and 90/14 Universal needles, too. Get Topstitch needles here. Get Universal needles here.
I LOVE King Tut and Sulky 12wt. variegated threads! You can't have too many colors! Get King Tut Thread here. Get Sulky 12wt. here.
Sulky KK2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive
When I need more than pins, I use Temporary Spray Adhesive. Get KK2000 here.
A Rotary Cutter, Self-Healing Mat and Rotary Rulers go together and make quick work of straight cuts. Get my favorite 28mm cutter here. Buy a self-healing mat here. Get a 6x12 inch Ruler here. Get a 12x12 inch ruler here.
Shears and Scissors
You need great tools including sharp shears. Get Gingher 8" Shears here. I always use a small scissor around my machine. I love this Gingher scissor and you can get it here.
Hot Iron Cleaner
A staple in my sewing room is Faultless Hot Iron Cleaner. Get it here.
Protect your surface and your fabric-paper with Parchment Paper. Get Reynold's Parchment Paper here.
Thin, sharp pins are a must-have. Get my favorite pins here.
Magnetic Pin Holder
I've tried several magnetic pin holders. I like the Clover brand best. Get my favorite here.
Fiber folks collect all kinds of fibers and yarn. I love variegated yarn. Get a beautiful yarn here.
Any empty box will do. It needs to be big enough to hold your Tablet Keeper pieces.
How To - Make a Tablet Keeper:
When you hear the word “Tablet” I bet the first thing that pops into your head is Kindle, iPad, Nook, and eReaders. You might recall paper Tablets you kept in your desk in grade school - you know the ones with 3-lined paper for practicing your alphabet. Don’t tell anyone, but I still have a red Big Chief pencil Tablet! Yes, yes I do! LOL!
My mom always wrote notes and letters on an inexpensive Tablet of white lined paper. She was very picky about the size, too. The right Tablet couldn’t be too big nor too small. The lines had to be just the right distance apart and the paper had to feel properly smooth beneath her pen. I think I may have inherited some of her Tablet quirks!
I love my ipad, for sure, but I have to admit that sometimes I’m still old school. I always carry a small Tablet with me for random ideas and notes. It doesn’t take long to look really ratty after being stuffed in my purse or tote bag for a while. Because I love to make my own customized accessories, a Tablet Keeper was definitely something I wanted AND needed!
The Tablet Keeper you’ll learn to make in this class is just big enough to hold a small legal pad with an extra pocket to hold a pen or business cards or note pads that can be created by stitching on a sewing machine. Even the wrapped yarn closure is created easily on your sewing machine. No fuss, no muss just fun.
Speaking of a sewing machine. . . this is a super sewing machine project. The Tablet Keeper cover is made of yummy construction paper fabric-paper. It’s the perfect project for using some of your fabric-paper and, for sure, no one else will have one just like it!
Along with your sewing machine you need an open-toe appliqué presser foot for the best visibility. We all deserve the best tools to make our creative projects faster and easier, right? Of course we do!
If you’re ready to make your own Tablet Keeper (they make great gifts, too) all you need to do is click the play button in the video and I’ll meet you in class!
In class we’ll also use:
- Fabric-paper (for other suggestions, check out video and class notes)
- Lining Fabric
- Sewing Machine
- Free-Motion Presser Foot for YOUR Machine
- Open-toe Presser Foot for YOUR Machine
- Supreme Slider
- Painter's Tape
- Topstitch Needles
- Universal Needles
- King Tut Variegated Thread
- Sulky 12wt Variegated Thread
- Sulky KK2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive
- Rotary Cutter 28mm
- Self-Healing Rotary Mat
- Rotary Ruler - 6x12
- Rotary Ruller - 12 square
- Gingher 8 inch Shears
- Gingher 4 inch Scissor
- Hot Iron Cleaner
- Parchment Paper
- Magnetic Pin Holder
- Empty Box
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Barb is the founder of How to Get Creative, author of "Normal Doesn't Live Here Anymore", a specialist at playing in the art studio and has an unhealthy addiction to smiles. ;-)