Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Spiral Steno Pad Cover Tutorial From Linda Ronne of All Stitched Up Blog

Spiral Steno Pad Cover

Cutting Instructions

(All seams are 1/4 inch)

1. (1) 20 x 7 inch piece of fabric for front cover
2. (1) 6 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch strip of fabric for tabs, this can be the same fabric as the front cover or something that blends with it.
3. (1) 19 1/2 x 6 1/2 inch piece of batting ( I prefer to use bonded batting)
4. (2) 16 x 7 inch pieces of fabric for inside pockets, either the same as the front cover or matching fabric
5. (1) 18 x 7 inch piece of fabric for lining
6. (1) 1 x 3 1/2 inch strip of fabric for the pen

Apply the batting to the wrong side of the front cover fabric according to the manufacturers directions. Put to one side.

Make Tabs
Fold the 6 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch strip of fabric in half lengthwise, right sides together. Stitch 1/4 inch from edges. Turn and press with the seam in the centre back. Cut into three 2 inch pieces. Fold each 2 inch piece in half lengthwise. Place raw edges along lower front edge of front cover fabric that has the bonded batting attached. two inches in from each side.

Centre the remaining tab at the lower centre back. Baste along lower edges, catching the tab ends and the batting.

Inside Pockets

Fold the (two) 16 x 7 inch rectangles in half lengthwise with the wrong sides together, forming a rectangle that is 8 x 7 inches. Press.

Putting Together

Your first layer is the batting, then, lay the front piece face up (if you haven't used the bonded batting), otherwise lay the front piece with the bonded batting attached face up. Place the two pockets at each end of the front piece, lining up the edges. The folded edge should be facing the centre. (I've put my rotary cutter in the pocket so that you can see it).

Centre the 18 x 7 inch piece of lining fabric face down on top of the set. NOTE Allow an equal amount of the pocket fabric to show on each end. This will be approximately 1 inch.

Now stitch a continuous 1/4 inch seam around all four sides. Clip corner and trim seams as necessary.

Reach between the lining and the front of the cover and turn right side out. Reach into each of the pockets and turn right sides out. Press well.

Insert the front and back flaps of the steno note pad into the pockets.

Matching Pen

You need to buy the Pilot brand RSVP clear pens. The top cap will be black. (You can get these at Wal-Mart. They also come in colours, like purple, red and green). The barrel of the pen is clear. Simply unscrew the top (cap) of the pen to expose the ink cartridge. Take the 1 x 3 1/2 inch piece of fabric and tightly wrap the cartridge with the fabric. (A small piece of tape works well to hold the first wrap around) Hold in place as you insert the cartridge back into the barrel. You may have to either trim excess fabric or add a little in length depending on the brand of pen used. Screw the cap back on the pen, and you now have a matching pen for your not book.

Insert the pen through the tabs.

There you have it a covered steno pad with matching pen.

I managed to get 9 made this afternoon. Photo's of the finishes on a later date. There's alot of other things you could add to this. For instance you could add pockets to the outside of the cover, embroider initials or a name on the front or inside cover. Add trims. There's lots you could do. Let your imagination go wild.

If you use this pattern I'd love to see your creations.

Happy Stitching.

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