Thursday, January 5, 2012

My New Tablet Keeper

Have you seen Nancy Zieman's Trace N' Create Tablet Keeper Templates? Nancy makes creating a e-tablet or paper tablet holder easy. It takes less than 4 hours and is the perfect quick afternoon project.

I was lucky enough to be asked to take part in the Nancy Zieman Tablet Keeper Blog Tour. It just started 2 days ago so if you missed the first 2 tour stops there's still plenty of time to check them out. Click here for a complete list of the stops on the tour. And Nancy is having a wonderful giveaway to 3 lucky winners! Make sure to go to the Blog Tour site everyday to check out the other stops on the tour and to enter her giveaway...be sure to tell her Sha sent you!


I picked out some cute Maxine fabric for my tablet keeper. I made an IPad case recently out of Maxine fabric so this will add to my set.

On Sunday while Tim and Tyler were watching the NY Giants whoop up on the Dallas Cowboys (GO G-Men!), I decided to make my Tablet Keeper. The difficult part was that I am banned from watching any Giants games (evidently when I watch them play they lose) so I had to be careful not to peak at the TV (my sewing area is in the living room). I'm fairly certain that I succeed since they won!


As part of this blog tour Clover sent all the participants a bunch of cool stuff to make the tablet keeper with. These were all new products for me, I had never heard of any of them before. You can find all these items here http://clover-usa.com/product/10321/9570/_/E-Tablet_%26_Paper_Tablet_Keepers.



My favorite new product is the Create A Strap Interfacing. I'll never have to make a thin tube of fabric and deal with the hassle of turning it right side out again! All I had to do is adhere the special strap interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric and then fold it along the cut out lines.



As an after thought I was going to add my name to the strap, but sadly when I tried I had a huge operator error and added it upside down :(. Here's the right side up pic of the name. This was the first time I used letters on my machine!


The directions were very easy to follow and before I knew it I had an almost finished project. After inserting the Pre-cut Tablet Keeper Shapers, it was time to sew the top of the project closed and put the binding on. I used a zig-zag stitch all the way around to make sure all the sides were securely closed. I liked how that looked and decided to use another decorative stitch instead of binding.


Now I have my very own Tablet Keeper! I have to be honest with you, I don't know what I was thinking but for some reason I thought that my IPad would fit in the large size and when it was done I realized how wrong I was. So for now this will be used to hold my pattern design design book. I do plan on making the medium size for the IPad once I get more fabric.



I hope you enjoyed this stop on the Nancy Zieman Tablet Keeper Blog Tour. It has been my pleasure being your tour guide today. Thanks to Nancy Zieman and Clover for asking me to be part of this blog tour.

For more info you can check out this great video of Nancy showing how to make these tablet keepers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhYVERqxYpQ&feature=channel_video_title

42 comments:

  1. Sha, thanks for being part of the Blog Tour!
    Nancy Zieman

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  2. Very nice, Sha! Glad to hear about others who sometimes sew things upside down!

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  3. Sharon this is great, what a wonderful idea... Very nicely done...

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  4. I chuckled on the football story! I'd rather sew than watch football! Love your tablet keeper and liked the decorative stitching. Great idea!

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  5. I chuckled on the football story! I'd rather sew than watch football! Love your tablet keeper and liked the decorative stitching. Great idea!

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  6. Great idea; it's so nice to see everyone's creative choices!

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  7. I love your choice of fabric, and think that keeping your idea book there is great, you'll always be able to see it when an idea is hot (pink!)

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  8. Thanks for sharing your creativity. Love the fabric you used on the tablet keeper. I really do need to make one. Hmmmm I keep saying that. Thanks

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  9. Oh I love Maxine!!!!! I don't have an I-Pad but if I did I would definitely want the Maxine fabric. I do have a couple friends who have I-Pads, maybe I will have to make them one. Or better yet......get myself an I-Pad! Thank you for sharing.

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  10. Your edge finishing looks beautiful. It gives the project a whole new look without the binding.

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  11. I love how you finished the edges. These would make great gifts for those i=pad people in our lives.

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  12. I just got my Ipad today so a cover for it is in the cards to make ;)

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  13. Very cute with the Maxine fabric. You didn't do this upside down because ... the person sitting across from you can readily read the name on the folder! What a design opportunity!

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  14. I love your choice in fabric. Maxine is my hero. I will have to find some of that. Project is great. I need to make several in different sizes for gifts...better get started.

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  15. Love the decorative stitching idea and glad that you mentioned that the large size isn't the correct choice for an iPad. Thanks!!

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  16. The Clover templates are great!

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  17. Thanks for a great post! I've learned something different on everyone so far.

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  18. Love the Maxine fabric! Nice job with the decorative stitch finish.

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  19. Thanks for hosting this Sha, I enjoyed reading your version of this very interesting new tool and isn't Nancy so easy to follow? I really got a lot from her video and I very much appreciate you directing us to it. Have you heard of the phrase "learning curve", I had a great job where my supervisors used that phrase and their generous attitude really helped me go on and not be overwhelmed by my mistakes, I have to remember to apply that now to my quilting. Thanks for being open about your own struggles, I really appreciate that too.

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  20. each one so different

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  21. Oh, when I saw your reveal at the end what fabric you chose I just laughed and laughed. I love everything about Maxine. She is such a hoot. Love your cover.

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  22. My daughter got me a Kindle for Christmas last year. I really have enjoyed it. My husband just got me an Ipad2 for this Christmas. I have a smart cover for it. However, something over that to carry it with would be nice. Thanks for the giveaway.
    SallyKingemail@gmail.com
    www.BabyStepsQuilting.com
    Love Maxine!!

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  23. Like the idea for the handles, I will try that.

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  24. Love the cover. I can't wait to make one for my iPad!

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  25. Love the cover. I can't wait to make one for my iPad!

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  26. Oh, I love Maxine, too! I would love to find some of that fabric. Your cover looks really nice! Thanks for some great ideas.
    Vickie in Cleveland

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  27. What a great idea for my friends!! Everyone could use a designer book cover :)

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  28. Go Maxine. Thanks for sharing

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  29. I love the Maxine fabric! Awesome! Thanks for being a part of the blog and sharing your creation.

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  30. Maxine fabric! Great looking! Love it!

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  31. Maxine fabric! Great looking! Love it!

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  34. Very beautiful your tablet keeper! Love it too!

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