How to make a fabric folder/book cover

Covered Planner and Book

Someone recently commented on the Pink Cover I had made for my planner and wanted to know how I did it. I made the Pink cover just over a year ago and used it for my 2014 planner and have reused it again this year for my new one, so this is a quick ‘how to’ showing you how I made it but you could use this for covering books/journals or ring binders like I originally did!

At the time I made my 2014 planner I really wanted a nice 4 ring folder, I prefer 4 rings as I feel it hold the paper in better and doesn’t make them swing about like a 2 ring sometimes does. However it seems all the lovely designs seemed to be on 2 ring folders so I found a plain black one that had 4 rings and decided to customise it by making a cover/sleeve/protector what ever you want to call it! When I originally made it I was kind of winging it, made a few mistakes etc… So this tutorial is for the second cover you see above and has eliminated the silly mistakes I made on the first one.

So lets go:

You will need

Fabric – a non-stretch fabric that isn’t too thin/fine. ( I have used IKEA fabric on both of these as I love the hard-wearing quality)
Scissors ( obviously )
Pencil
Tape Measure
Sewing Machine
Thread/Cotton (any colour will do matching/contrasting/neon wherever your creative flare takes you!)

An Iron and Ironing board(for pressing seams.. it makes it 10 times easier when sewing!)

And of course a book or folder or whatever you want to make a cover for!

Tools I had bought this lovely new sketchbook, and although I love the yellow by the time I am done painting and doodling in it, it will probably look terribly dirty so I am making a dark cover for it so that it can keep its nice fresh yellowness while I work in it!

 

Step 1…. Lay out your fabric. You need to draw out the size of the folder and book you are making it for. There are no exact measurements really for this step, as it depends on the size of your book/file and it also depends on the width of the spine.

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Step 2… Measure half of the front / back cover then add that to each side of the drawn out template…

Step 2

These extra bits will end up being the bits where the covers slip into and hold the cover onto the book/folder.

Step 3… Now we need to cut out the template leaving a 1cm gap around  3 of the sides of the template and a 2cm – 1 inch gap on the top edge (Click below image to see in detail…the reason for this will be obvious later so make sure you do it)

Step 3

Step 3

 

Step 4… Pressing…. Now we need to press the edges before we sew.. I can assure you that this makes sewing it up so much easier so try not to skip this step..

On the 3 1cm edges…fold the fabric up and press on the pre-drawn template line.

Get the Iron out!! Fold the seam over to the drawn line! Press down to create a bit of an edge and then iron it Nice and Ironed! Now you have a nice strong pressed edge

 

 

On the top edge that has a 2cm or 1 inch seam allowance fold the edge down to the drawn line… not on the line.

2cm seam allowance  fold in half... up to the line.. not on it...

Step 5… Once all 4 sides have been pressed, you need to get out your sewing machine, hook it all up and run a straight stitch around all 4 sides around a quarter – half a cm in from the edge of the fabric…

My lovely sewing machine Run the stitch all the way around

 

Step 6… Creating the pockets for the sleeves… put the book/folder in the middle of you fabric evenly spaced from the top and bottom of the fabric. The excess on the left and right will become the pockets, fold one side over and press firmly to make a bit of a crease. Then sew along the top and bottom to secure it in place

Fold the side over on top...

Then sew along the top and bottom, seen here in red

 

 

The reason we added an extra cm to the seam allowance in step 3 was to make the height of the fabric 1cm bigger than the folder/book for this stage. This gives us half a cm on the top and bottom to sew this step. On my first attempt of making the cover I didn’t leave an extra bit of seam allowance for this step and really struggled to get the cover on as it was super tight.

Fold Fabric over and press Sew along the top and bottom only Sew here Like so! Do both sides and you will have a pocket! It will fit in like so TADAAA

Taadaaa..

There we have it.. slot in your book/folder and away you go!!

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I hope that was relatively simple to understand and if you have any comments or questions please post below!!

 

The all new 2015 Planner is here!!! Available on Etsy!!

Yes! Yes! Yes! I am so excited to announce that the 2015 planner is here and ready for the new year!!

I have just kept the pages for November and December of the old planner and I cannot wait to for the new year so I can start using the new and improved one!

I have just started my new job and so it has taken me slightly longer to get around to getting the planner up but hey ho!

The 2014 planner had been my best friend all year, but with some slight changes and improvements and a fresh new look the new planner is ready to go!! As always it is available in A4 and Letter size for those of you over the big blue! Once it has been printed double sided you can go ahead and bind however you want! I simply hole punched mine and popped in the folder (which I made a fabric cover for last year!)

The 2015 planner

The 2015 planner

I have decided to put this planner up for sale on etsy for a very small price! In return I hope I have given you all a very thorough planner including an in depth budget planner, spending tracker as well as dated monthly and weekly pages.

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You can find them on Etsy here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/208514301/2015-planner-instant-download-printable

As always I will also be releasing a free version of a planner, however this will be somewhat more plain/simple in it’s design, but should still meet your organising needs, this will be out closer to December/January time.

I hope you all enjoy the planner and enjoy being super organised for 2015!

Thoughts and Plans of a Recent Graduate & Preview of 2015 Planner

It has been 9 weeks today since I graduated from the University of Huddersfield, and yet that life seems so far away! It has been a completely different lifestyle change and every day it is changing still. Straight after graduating I went on holiday with my family for a week, which was a nice break, it was a bit like a detox of my old lifestyle before settling into a new one.

On returning from the Yorkshire sea-side, I had to settle into not being in education any more, and the daunting aspect of being a “NEET”, that’s Not in Education, Employment or Training. It felt like being in limbo, not knowing where, when or how to start the process of finding a job. The thing that I was least looking forward to was signing on for job seekers allowance, which is why I put it off for as long as I could. I tried for 6 weeks or so to find a job, applying daily as well as doing some voluntary work each week, to get me out of the house as well as something good to put on my CV. The voluntary work was also great to get use to the idea of working  and getting my head out of its education style thought process. Whilst at university I have always been organised especially with my money, it has always came as a second nature to me (Hence the planners I make available to you all); and so it was fantastic to be able to finish my final year without needing my overdraft or having to break into my personal savings. When I graduated I was comfortably in the Black, but as the weeks of job hunting went by I got closer and closer towards my overdraft. I think when I had around £12 left in my account was the point when I had to face the fact that I will have to go to the job centre.

Little did I know that in the next week my luck would change! The day after I joined the job centre I got 3 interviews! and then in the next two following weeks I got a further 3 more! Of these interviews I have been offered two jobs, one was part time, which at the time I was thrilled to receive; but then I was offered a full time position in a company with opportunities to grow in. I am so happy and excited about my new found employment, but on the surface I am quite reserved, I am trying to stay cool and collected about it all, but honestly I couldn’t be happier.

I personally feel that my university course did help me prepare for “the big world”, I think I was lucky to have been able to build my confidence at university, through verbal presentations and assessments, working with the public as well as gaining a self confidence since being more independent. I also think that the “Fake It Until You Make It” workshop, provided by the university significantly helped me during these interview processes to stay calm and confident, both things that my new employer said is one of the reasons she was hiring me.

Now my plans for the future are to start my new job and hopefully love it! But of course Work is to Live and I do not plan to Live to Work.
I have family that I want to spend time with.
Finally I can start the process of saving away money so that I can one day open my own textiles homewares store. This will always be my long term goal, but at least I know now that I can now get my first foot onto that path now .

FINAL NOTE:

You should all be pleased to hear that my planners will be back!! 2015 is just a few months away so I have been getting it all ready for you! There will be 2 versions this year. One free one, which will be put up on my blog here for you, it is simple in terms of decoration, but pretty enough in my opinion! And a second one which will be up for sale for a very small amount on my Etsy Store (links to follow) This one is more decorated and the version that I will be using. The content of the two will pretty much be the same, it is just up to you which version you are wanting to use. You can download, print to A5 or A4 (or your US equivalent) and get your household organised!
Here is a sneak preview of the front cover of the planner which will be for sale on etsy:

Planner Preview

So you can see there the bright colour scheme and pretty patterned front, just slightly different to last years. In my opinion both of the planners are improvements on last years. I have noticed areas of improvement and have made it easier to use and with more space for taking notes and a better Budget Planner! Hope you are all as excited as I am!!

Fashion Revamp: Denim Dress with Embroidered Constellations (PT.1)

Constellation Trend

I have recently seen a massive increase in Galaxy and constellation trends, and I love it. I have always loved stars and constellations, I remember going on a school trip to the countryside and the sky had no light pollution and the sky was just so beautiful. So now that everyone else is loving constellations too I couldn’t be happier.

So that is why I have decided to upcycle/revamp a plain denim dress to be a little less boring and a bit more on trend!

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What I have done is simply marked out a load of constellations along the bottom hem and then started embroidering!! I still have a little bit do do on it still. I want to do some more random small stars in little french knots around the constellations and then thin them out as it gets towards the middle of the dress. Hopefully will have this  done by next week and I will show you all the finished results!!

Thanks for reading!

References:
Catherine (2014) Constellation Cushion. Accessed: http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/e2/a9/3e/e2a93e1db8dda3e38141725aab399782.jpg

Unknown (ND) Constellation Earing. Accessed: stylestreetfashion.tumblr.com

LoveCalifornia (ND) Ursa Major Soft Toy. Accessed: https://www.etsy.com/listing/72024734/ursa-major-constellation-the-great-bear

Unknown(ND) Constellation Embroidery Hoop. Accessed: http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/originals/fe/20/c5/fe20c5bf07cd5a9d2523c5ab3a242240.jpg

Miniature Rhino (2013) Constellation Runner. Accessed: http://www.designsponge.com/2013/04/embroidery-101-french-dot-constellation-runner.html#more-173623

Fashion Revamp! Topshop Denim Dungarees & Liberty Fabric

I recently decided to revamp a pair of old dungarees that I had. Originally bought from a topshop sale, they were a little small, but now a few years on I can fit in them! However I felt they were a little dull and needed a bit of “jazzing” up. So with a bit of Liberty fabric I had, I think I have added a bit of colour to a pair of bog-standard dungaree

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Easy Steps:

1. Select Fabric.
2. Cut the the size of the inside and back pockets
3. Push fabric into pockets and line up.
4. Hand sew them into place.
5. For the back I cut a piece to fold over the top of the pocket.
6. Then hand sew to secure (I used a bright embroidery thread for this)

Done!

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Uni Update: FMP, Final Collection & Degree Show! Phewww!

Hi all,

I know it has been a while but i have had a rather hectic few weeks/months! Between Finishing my FMP , photoshoots and getting ready for my degree show I have hardly had time to sleep let alone write a blog! So I apologise for that but I am here now!

I believe the last Uni Update I gave you, I was trying to decide what my next rug should be etc.. well I did that… and then another one I think? Then I have had two Photoshoots with them so I have some lovely pictures to share with you, I will add a selection but if you want to see more have a look on my website : http://kayleighmarieuk.wix.com/homeandtextiles

There they all are!! What do you think? I had a really great time making them, it has made me kinda sad that I probably won’t get a chance to make any more for a few years. I have to try and save up money to buy my own equipment.

As well as the Rug Collection I had a large collection of designs that could be used for fabrics or wallpapers etc..

Setting everything up was fun, I had plenty of help from my friends and a first year helper!

Adriana helping me set up!

Adriana helping me set up!

Planning out the space!

Planning out the space!

Rugs Ready to go!

Rugs Ready to go!

 

It was a busy time for me, trying to set up and finish last minute things for my hand-in but it was worth it I suppose,

I should be getting my grade for this project later on today! Exciting stuff. During the show we actually have much less on display  so for the actual show it looked like this:

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The show was really exciting! Opening night started quite slowly but when it picked up it was amazing! I got so many compliments as well as people interested in my work so all in all a great time! The show continued for the rest of the week and we had more visitors before we finally took down last friday. It has been a crazy crazy year and a hectic last few months so I am both sad yet glad it is over! Time for a well deserved break I think!!

Creative Cv’s… for something a little different

I thought that I would do a post on CV’s, Curriculum Vitaes, Resumes or what ever you call them where you are from.  We usually use CV’s to hand in to potential employers and it has all of our basic information on it… Name and personal details, Education, Work History and our skills and attributes that an employer might find attractive in a new employee.  Most people have a two page CV that usually looks a little something like this….
cv example

Image: Sayeds (2011) CV Example. Online. Retrieved: http://www.docstoc.com/docs/69536287/Blank-Cv-template

Sometimes people change the font colours or add a border, but generally CV’s look like this. However there are people out there who need something a bit more creative, something a little less sterile and more “Jazzy”. Over the past 3 years I have changed my CV three times, each time making it better and more refined.
So I would like to share with yous the CV’s I have made and tips on what does and does not make a good Creative CV.

So here are the 3 of my Creative Cv’s that I have had in the past few years:

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I think that my Cv has developed now into a professional yet creative alternative to typical versions.
You can see they all have similarities in style but I have changed some of the information and colours I have used.

Similarities:

I like the length/width I have generally used… The first two are half of an A3 piece of paper lengthways and the third the length of an A3 but a little bit wider than the other two.

The top section of the cv has a similar header style in blue with a silhouette of my hair for a bit of a personal touch.

On each Cv I have included a timeline of my education and work experience.
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Differences:

Colour scheme has gone from quite girly to more professional.

I only used “My interests” on the first cv

The Second Cv was more specific for a Textile related job whereas the other two are more general.

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Tips and Advice for your own CV:

If you are a little nervous about changing from traditional versions of Cv’s try adding a little bit of creativity at a time… Maybe add some sort of shapes or headers in a restricted colour palette or try some different fonts.

Colours:
Try using colours that are fresh, not too dark, and not too girly (this is for men and women) I learnt this the hard way.. The first CV you can see has pink red and purple on it and generally has a girly feel to it. But even if you are the girliest of the girls I wouldn’t advise using these colours, when applying for jobs you want to appear sensible and professional; but the girlish colours may make you seem naive and childish.
If you are not the best at picking colours try this website Design-Seeds:
http://design-seeds.com/
They put some nice palettes together and you can search by theme  of pick a specific colour and they will show you all the palettes that contain that colour, which is really handy!

 

Types/Fonts:
Stick to two max!! I like to use a fancy one for headers or titles and then a clearer one for the body of text.
Make sure that your fonts are always readable as if you are using a font that takes you a while to get use to reading then an employer is not going to be impressed.
The font I used on my newest CV where “The Only Exception”:
http://www.dafont.com/the-only-exception.font
hello there
and Orator Std:
hey
Which I think work quite nice together.
Using any more than two I think will make you CV look quite messy, so I stress again; only two!

Graphics/ Timelines/Diagrams:
Use in moderation, I have only used one or two on mine, I like to use a time line and have also used small diagrams to try and translate the different skills I have :

key skills skills

So use in moderation and only use them to help enhance your CV, using them to show off your skills/knowledge is the right way to use them, but don’t use them on your personality or traits, as no employer really wants to know if your 50% a team player, 30% enthusiastic and 20% punctual

I hope some of these tips might be able to help you in building a more exciting CV, Any questions? Just leave a comment below and i will get back to you!

 

 

 
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