Clover E-Tablet & Paper Tablet Keepers by Nancy Zieman Review
Posted in Product Reviews on Friday the 17th November 2017 by Vicki Ormerod
I chose Clover E-Tablet & Paper Tablet Keepers
by Nancy Zieman as my next Minerva Crafts Product Product review. I still have an interest for bag and wallet making and thought template covers would fit into my repertoire nicely! These templates can be used to make covers for either electronic tablets or traditional paper tablet blocks.
The templates arrive attractively packaged in a cellophane pack so you can see what you are getting. They are accompanied by a booklet of comprehensive instructions. There are 3 sizes to make – small, medium and large. I decided on a medium paper tablet cover as I had just enough fabric that I wanted to use for the outer of the cover - it came from a stack of fat quarters on the theme of sewing which I have in my stash.
I chose three coordinating prints for the inner, outer and pocket/tab accents of the design – my sewing motif themed fabric as the main fabric and one of scattered buttons and another of densely packed cotton reels as contrasts. I also looked at fabrics on the Minerva website and there are plenty of similar prints which could be used, all in the quilting fabrics section.
The clear, see through templates are great for positioning on your fabric to get the best placements possible for the printed motifs. The templates in themselves are quite simplistic rectangular shapes and are also colour coordinated so that you can find the right pieces for the size you are making. The instructions are very detailed and I would say that they are maybe over complicated in parts for what is essentially quite a simple construction. Perhaps that is just my perspective though in that I am not a beginner to sewing ….
The cover itself consists of a front piece, back piece, closing tab, pocket and spine.
As my fabric is sewing themed, I decided to customise my cover into a wallet for either a paper block or a dressmaking pattern. I reckoned I could move the spine over from the middle of the cover to the right hand side near the edge to act as a holder for a dressmaking pattern or a notebook. The thick interfacing inner allows for a soft fold over when closing shut and can function well on its own without a spine.
Once all the fabric choices have been made and pattern pieces cut out, the construction is very straightforward. A kind of sandwich is made of the outer, middle padding and inner fabric and the corner pocket is placed on the inside along with the spine/pattern holder.
There are some instructions for self-made bias binding but I used a contrasting satin binding which I bought. This is sewn all around the outer edge, trapping in the edges of the corner pocket and the spine/pattern holder strip. The main body of the tablet cover is now complete.
That then just leaves the closing tab. This is lined on the inside with thin interfacing and then sewn. Corners are clipped and trimmed and then it is turned out to the right side and topstitched all around the edge for a neat finish. The tab can either be attached by machine onto the back piece before the main body is assembled, or, as I did, by hand, so I could judge where I wanted it to go once I had the inner contents of pattern etc inside. The tab can then be closed on the front by a magnetic or snap fastener or even velcro.
That then is basically it! In my sewing wallet, I may even customise further by adding a horizontal strip of leftover pocket fabric to hold pens, scissors, tape measure and a stitch ripper etc. The padded inside inner is also good for acting as a pincushion and storing pins and needles in. I think I will use the corner pocket for a small notebook.
I envisage using this as something I can take in my bag with me when travelling – such as on the train to work. A very useful addition to my sewing kit!