Thursday, September 24, 2015

Kona Club Challenge: Binder Cover by Cathy from Cathy's Blueberry Patch

We're so excited to have Cathy  from Cathy's Blueberry Patch take the Kona Club Challenge this month! Cathy is a prolific quilter and she does it all while she works full time! It's been a pleasure meeting and getting to know Cathy in blogland and we're so happy to feature her on Kona Club Challenge.

Cathy used the colors we sent out in August 2014 for Kona Club for her project today. We hope you enjoy this tutorial and make your own Binder Cover! We are giving away the fat quarters that Cathy used in this tutorial so be sure to leave a comment on this post to win!

Binder Cover


Hello!  My name is Cathy Erickson and I blog at Cathy's Blueberry Patch.  I work full time as an elementary school principal so I like to say I am a weekend quilter.  I am married to a very patient man who knows how to build awesome cabinets for all my fabric!  We have 2 married children and live on a small blueberry farm.I have been quilting in a big way for the last four years but have been sewing since I was very young.  I call myself a modern quilter.  I love fabric and I am a huge fan of Kona solids.

I decided to make something a little different for this project.  It would make a great gift for someone else but it might also be something you might like to make for yourself!



Supplies:
All seams are 1/4"

Cutting Instructions:


Decide which Kona FQ will be your feature colour for the outside binder cover and cut:
    • Two 8" x 13.5"main cover
From the 3 remaining FQs cut:
    • Two 8" x 13.5" inside flaps
    • Two 8" x 13.5" inside flap lining
    • Two 6.75" x 8" inside flap pockets
    • Ten 2" x 8" spine pieces assorted colours
    • Two 2.5" x 8" inside pocket top edge from a colour which contrasts from the pocket


Sewing Instructions:

Arrange the pieces for the binder spine in a pleasing order and stitch together.  Press the seams to one side.  Centre the spine section to the front cover pieces and stitch as shown in the photo.  Trim the top edge of the spine section.  Place the outside binder cover on your batting, baste as desired and quilt as desired. I like straight lines and lots of them!


Press down 1/4" the long side of the pocket top edge.  Stitch pocket top edge to pocket.
Press seam towards pocket top edge.


Press pocket top edge towards the pocket, covering the seam.
Top stitch close to the edge, encasing the seam. Repeat for second pocket.


Layer your flap pieces in this order - Inside flap, pocket, inside flap lining and finally batting scrap measuring 8" x 13.5".


Stitch flap to flap lining, making sure you have inside flaps which are mirror images of each other as in the picture below.  Trim batting from seam allowances, press and top stitch edge. Nice!


Stitch flaps to main binder cover.  Again, trim excess batting from seam allowance and press.  At this point test the fit of your binder in your cover.  You want there to be some looseness as the top stitching at the end will also reduce the amount of wiggle room. Trim your binder cover to measure 12.5".




With right sides together, stitch top and bottom edge of flaps to outside binder cover.  Trim batting from seam allowance.  Trace the rounded corners of the binder on all 4 corners and stitch a curved corners.  Trim seams and turn to right side.  Press carefully.  At this point, you may wish to place lining on the inside of the binder cover.  Slip stitch to top and bottom inside binder encasing upper and lower bottom edge.  This is completely optional.  Otherwise, press spine of binder top and bottom edge to the inside.  Top stitch carefully around the entire outside of the binder cover.  I added a second row of stitching to secure the seam at spine edges.





 And there it is!  A lovely covered binder to store all your patterns and notes in.



Giveaway!
You could win 4 fat quarters of the Kona Cotton Solids Cathy used to make her Binder Cover.
Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win.

If you are no-reply/Wordpress blogger please leave your email id in the post.
We will leave the giveaway open till Monday, September 28.
Winner will be announced Tuesday, September 29.

Good luck everybody and enjoy making your very own Binder Cover!
Many thanks to Cathy  from Cathy's Blueberry Patch for this great tutorial.

Click here for more details on Kona Club. 


65 comments:

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

What an interesting and wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing.

Quilting Tangent said...

Never heard of a binder cover, like the extra pockets. 24Tangent@gmail.com

Brenda said...

Great idea!

Jackie said...

Love the binder cover.

Laura said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I do have a pattern for a binder cover (designed by a dear and talented friend) , but this one has features my other pattern does not.

barbara woods said...

would love to win, thanks

Quilty said...

I love this binding cover! Thanks for sharing, and for the giveaway too!

Lisa said...

I really like your binder cover! Great idea!

dungeonquilter said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I can see making a bunch of these to cover my binders with patterns in them.

Frederique said...

What a great idea, thanks for sharing this great tutorial!

Lisa Marie said...

Very nice, love the clean lines and the colors.

Ioleen said...

Love the design on the spine of the binder. Thanks for the tutorial.

judys said...

What a great idea! My granddaughter is coming over this weekend and I know what our project is going to be!

Rosa said...

Great idea.Thanks for the tutorial!

Pine Point Cathy said...

I like how the stripes wrap around the spine of the binder. Thanks for the chance!
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Linda said...

HI, a neat idea! Thanks for sharing!
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marge jansonius said...

Love Kona solids and a great tutorial. Thanks for the opportunity.
margerydiane@shaw.ca

Audrey said...

A great idea. I have an old binder that could use a little refresh. This will do it. The extra pockets are quite a bonus. Thanks for sharing.

Michele T said...

This is such a cool idea!!! I work in the education sector and I think my binders would look spiffy with covers!!!

Jayne said...

Oh to have a binder cover back in the day...! Beautiful Kona colors!

Emily C said...

Cute and useful! Win, Win!

Swannie said...

What a really neat idea! I like it. The fabric colours are pretty awesome. It would be fun to win this package of fabrics.

Marie-Claude said...

What a great project!

svelder said...

Cathy always makes the neatest and most interesting projects! I have so many notebooks and making one of these for each would make by shelves glow! And Kona is the way to go!

Vicki H said...

I have several binders that would love covers. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

Janie said...

What a great idea. Thank you for the tutorial.

OhioLori said...

What a fun project! Definitely a unique Binder! Thanks for sharing Tutorial...& for chance to win fabrics to make one too! :)

Lee said...

I love the covered binder! thank you for the chance to win!

LJ said...

Thanks so much for this tutorial. I've often thought how neat it would be to make binder covers but wasn't into taking the time to figure out all the details. I am really appreciative. :)

Erin McSweeney said...

what a great idea so creative, I would never have thought of doing that. thanks for the giveaway

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Kathy E. said...

Hi there! I am a Kathy Erickson like the quilter featured here, only my name starts with a K ! I have been an elementary teacher, where she is an elementary principal and I tend to do my sewing on weekends too! We have a lot in common. I think kids of all age would love a personalized binder cover like this...probably many teachers too! I will enjoy making a few, for sure!

Dawn said...

Cute idea, I love the colors. dawnm1993(at)gmail(dot)com

Renee G said...

I like the binder cover idea - I never thought of this before.

Béa said...

Very interesting tuto, thanks.

GranChris said...

Great tutorial. Lots of pictures so I know I can follow this one. Thank-you.

Claire Sutherland said...

What a cool idea, would never have thought of this and perfect for using up scraps x
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Mokki said...

What a nice idea and a really useful design.

Lynndsay Loo Quilts said...

great idea!

Grandma M said...

Thanks for the idea.

Michele said...

Ooh, it could be fun to make some binder covers. Also, I love yellows and greys!

Chiska said...

What a great idea! I love those colors!

Rebecca said...

what an awesome idea. I never have enough solids, seem to always end up with prints. this would be great, thank you

rrjane011749 said...

Great idea! Love it!

Barbara Bailey said...

Love the tutorial! Love me some Kona cotton too!

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

Cool - I never thought to cover a binder but it makes it so much better!! Great job!!!

Katy M said...

Thanks for the great tutorial - I've got to give this a go!

Anita E. said...

Binders sure need to be kicked up a notch! Kona solids are so useful in many ways!

Maureen W said...

Great binder cover! Thanks for the tutorial & the colours are beautiful....of course they're Kona, why wouldn't they be?! Thanks for a chance at the give-away.
Maureen
mgw070 at rogers dot com

Anne said...

Looks like a great idea. Thanks.

Briarose said...

what a great idea! Perfect for renewing an old tired binder. Claire c7lonergan@rogers.com

Mom C said...

I really like this idea. Easy to follow tut too. Thanks.

Gill said...

Great tutorial - thanks Cathy!

Karen H said...

Great tutorial. I would love to make one of these to take to workshops!

delaineelliott said...

What a lovely way to spruce up a binder! Thanks!

dbelliott@outlook.com

Sarah said...

I'd love to do this for my kids for school next year. Thanks for the tutorial! sarah@forrussia.org

Sarah said...

Beautiful binder! sarah@forrussia.org

Melissa said...

Love how this turned out. When I saw the colors I was a little skeptical, but the finished product is gorgeous!

KaliaContiki said...

That's wonderful! I was trying to think of something to make for a quilting friend that wasn't a pin cushion (done that) or a zipper pouch (done that too). This is perfect!

Dody said...

What a great idea! Good gift for a college student.
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Rose Santuci-Sofranko said...

Oh, Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com

Kathi said...

Pick me! Pick me!
I'd love to win.

Thanks for the tutorial.

1stitchingwitch@gmail.com

Linda Big D said...

Great tutorial for a pattern I might actually use. I'd love to win these fabrics!
linda newman
pagenew at sbcglobal.net

joanne roberts said...

What a great way to personalize your / kids binders. I found the instruction to be very good. Joanrob8@gmail.com

Greta Honeycutt said...

This is awesome, thanks for a chance to win! Gretahoneycutt (at) gmail (dot) com

Rochelle aka Bella Quilts said...

I remember covering books when I was in school - paper, ruler, scissors and tape. Not sure I could do it now but I think this is a great way to take a plain and ordinary binder and make it uniquely yours.