I’ve been crafting!

22 Mar

I managed to find a little time last night to make something I had been turning around in my head for a while.  A cover for my pocket calendar!

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I don’t do very well keeping a calendar, really, but I’ve been trying lately.  I’m using it to track ovulation (TMI?) and also to keep track of the weekends Chuck and I are are traveling home (home=Southwest Va), the weekends we have weddings coming up, and all the baby showers and bridal showers that seem to come along with Springtime.  Knowing that I do poorly keeping a calendar, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on one, so I bought one of those cheap $3 pocket-sized calendars at CVS.  This kind usually comes with a flimsy plastic cover.  I really don’t mind the cheap cover and simple look of the calendar, but since I use highlighters to color code a lot of my entries (green for when I think I’ll be ovulating, pink for when I’m, ahem, definitely not ovulating, yellow for important events/parties, etc.), trying to keep the highlighters with the calendar proved to be a nuisance.  So, I decided I should use some of my pretty Timeless Treasures Yellow Birds in Black designer fabric (courtesy of this etsy shop) to make a cover for my calendar, complete with pen loops. (During spring break I plan to use this fabric and this fabric to make this bag, which will match my new calendar cover!)

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I didn’t want to spend forever on this project, so I didn’t draw out a pattern, I just kinda cut and measured as I went.  First, I laid out the calendar, facing open, and measured the full perimeter on my fabric of choice.  I then doubled the length (to allow for the fabric that would fold over to create the “pockets” that would hold the calendar in place).

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I used a little canvas I had left over from a previous project to make the cover a little more sturdy. I sandwiched the canvas between the designer fabric and some soft black cotton-blend.  After turning the fabric right-side-out, I stitched three straight lines in very center to create a fold for the “spine” of the calendar.

I created the loops for the highlighters using a strip of fabric and haphazardly measured out the loops, stitching each one to the cover individually.

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(Pardon my Paint drawing…one day when I win the lottery I’m going to buy a tablet PC so I can draw things like this without looking like a 4th grader did the illustrations)

On the back flap I secured an old elastic hair tie beneath a small square of fabric – this is the elastic loop closure which goes over the button on the front flap.

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Then I folded the edges over and stitched them such as to create inside pockets – this is where the calender will slide into the cover.

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I stacked a yellow button on top of a black button and secured them to the front flap of the calendar (this is where the little elastic hairband will hold the calendar together).  I liked the look of the doubled-up buttons…much cuter than just one boring little button.

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And, Voila!  A cute little calendar cover that keeps my pens and highlighters handy for all my color-coding needs.  :o)

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4 Responses to “I’ve been crafting!”

  1. teacherbywayoftv March 22, 2009 at 1:52 pm #

    Very cute. It begs the question why you need me to show you how to do something on the sewing machine. 🙂

  2. Moma March 22, 2009 at 7:02 pm #

    Very creative, I love the fabric.
    Now, I’m waiting for the next big announcement via the blog – and I’ll be ever so relieved when I see it. 🙂

  3. Sarah Keel March 24, 2009 at 2:03 pm #

    Mandy. Seriously. I can barely get the bobbin wound on my machine and you’re creating works of art. 🙂 Love it! (My creativity is limited to the kitchen these days… less mess, believe it or not.)

  4. Dina April 2, 2009 at 1:40 pm #

    Oh, goodness…I love this! And, I could think of a friend or two…okay, 18…that would love it, as well.

    Now, I just need to thread the machine… :o)

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