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November 19th, 2013 at 10:54 pm

Planner: Part 2


I showed you how I constructed the structural part of the cover in a previous post. Today, I’m going to discuss how I made the cover.

Planner Cover Dimensions
Planner Cover Dimensions

The first thing to do was determine the dimensions. In part 1, I posted an image that included my design sketches. To the left, you see a crop of that image showing how I determined how wide to make my cover fabric. Each side is 7.5 inches, and the spine is 1.5 inches. 7.5+7.5+1.5 = 17 (not really) I added 0.5 inches to allow for the turns at the corner of the spine. So 7.5+7.5+1.5+0.5 = 17. With 0.5 inch seam allowances, the width became 18 inchs: side*2 + spine + turns + (seam allowance)*2 = width of cover fabric. The height of the cover fabric was simply the height of my cover plus 2 seam allowances.

When I sewed up the cover, I used a 0.375 (3/8) inch seam allowance. I figured if the cover was too loose, I could always go back and sew the seams at 0.5 inches. It turns out the cover is not too loose, and I needed that additional 0.125 (1/8) of an inch all around.

Pocket Design
Pocket Design

I knew that I wanted a big zippered pocket. I thought I wanted a pocket to put my journal in, so that meant a big pocket about halfway up the side and all the way across. And why not add more pockets for small crap? So I figured that I’d put 2 small pockets in front of the big pocket. I ended up not doing that. But I get ahead of myself.

This application is a hard wearing application. That means it calls for interfacing, and I wanted a fairly stiff interfacing. I don’t keep craft interfacing in my stash. I had to buy some. But once I got it home, I cut 3 pieces: outside cover, inside front, inside back and basted all three to the pretty quilting cottons.


For the front pockets, I decided to have three, but not the three that I had originally designed. You can see the big zippered pocket in the image to the left. That pocket is sewn down on 3 sides, so it forms another deep pocket behind it. The third pocket is the wide pocket that runs across the the entire inside front and is about half the height of the front. The back pockets are one big pocket with a seam down the middle. They are about 2/3rds of the height of the cover. I haven’t use them for anything (yet?).

Attaching the binder
Placement Lines

Deciding how to attach the rings was easy. I sewed and turned a tube which would be sewed down to the cover, and the rings would use snaps to close.

Deciding where to attach the rings wasn’t as easy. I placed the rings on the cover and closed it; I wanted to be sure the spine had enough room to close straight up. Then I had the brilliant idea to compare placement with an index card binder that was intact. I transferred those measurements to my cover, placed the binder ringers, and checked things by closing (and opening and closing) the cover. While I had the rings in the right place, I drew lines to indicate ring location. I wanted my “ties” to be just inside the rings. Because I was not successful at taking the picture from directly above, things don’t quite line up in the image captioned Placement Lines. It’s really important to have those placement lines. I had to remove the rings to measure for tie length. Without the markings, I’d have no idea where to put things.

Below are a couple of pics of the completed cover.

If you are one of my five regular readers, you might recognize the fabric on the planner cover. I screen printed it with Crafty Chix in San Ramon. (All posts here. That specific fabric is here.) I used that fabric as the starting point to pick fabrics for the planner. The orange and yellow stripe and the red rose fabrics were fat quarters and were, probably, 20 years old. The leaves fabric was used to make a vest for my husband.

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