Wednesday, May 26, 2010

new fabric binder cover tutorial (mini)!

The fun Urban Home Goods swap last month started by the lovely ladies Heather and Kerri prompted me to finally make a project on my own Home Goods To Do list. A fabric covering for my 3-ring binder that holds many a pattern for quilts, tote bags, etc, etc.

fabric binder cover
(why did my picture auto-rotate itself and how do I rotate it back?! so much to learn about html...)

I checked out this neat binder cover tutorial but wanted to make something a bit simpler. So I pretty much just figured things out as I went along. I used fabric in my stash (no "favorite fabrics" were harmed in the making of this binder cover :). 
I have a 2" binder (measuring 11.5" tall and 24" wide when open) so I cut my outside fabric (juicy stripe by AH) 13" x 25.5" and ironed fusible fleece on to this piece (next time I won't use interfacing this thick). Two pieces of inside flaps fabric (vintage light purple solid) were cut to 13" x 11.5" along with two center facing pieces 2" x 8". Two inside flap lining fabric pieces (vintage pink ticking) were cut 13" x 11.5". Two pockets (Sew Now! Sew Wow! by AH) were cut 5.5" x 11.5".

(sorry this is not an in-depth tutorial-see link above for complete tutorial by Lola....again! or email me any questions!). First, I hemmed the top of the pocket pieces. Next, the inside edges of the pocket flaps needed to be sewn together. I placed the pockets on top of the inside flaps (both with right sides facing up) and covered with the flap lining fabric with RST. I stitched one long side of each sandwich (right side on one and left side on the other). Folded over and pressed seams flat. I placed the pocket flap pieces on top of the outside fabric RST like in these photos and added center facings.

I stitched all the way around the rectangle with 1/2" seam allowance, making sure the pockets were tight so they didn't flap (although I still got a bit of flappadge so there's got to be a better way to add the pockets!). Turn RSO and press.

Added my binder and tada!

fabric binder cover

fun place to store my patterns! Notice the write-up of my Christmas Tree table runner pattern in the pocket?!