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Daily Planner Downloads

I just finished creating a set of daily planner pages for my planner that I almost never use. But I want to share them here with you all. The downloads are free, but you need to be registered to download. Registration is also free, and easy!

 

The 2020 and 2021 colorful planner pages are available in month-only or weekly-planner format. Major US holidays are pre-filled, with weeks beginning on Monday. Pages are letter sized and can be printed to custom sizes using your PDF reader software.

 

Here are samples of the pages in the sets.

 

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Tracing Rounded Corners with a Coin

I recently recorded a video tutorial on how to use a coin to trace perfectly rounded corners for neat stitch lines. Check it out below:

Sewing Project Planner Downloads

My sewing project planner sheets are ready for download! Below are download links for my sewing project planner, in both full sheet and half sheet sizes.

Planner pages

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Sewing Project Planner

It seems there’s a huge trend out there for bullet journals and project planners and other life organizers. As I went down the rabbit hole of vintage sewing, I realized a sewing project planner might be helpful to track my project ideas and notes. Especially as I quickly stocked up on more and more vintage-look fabric and patterns.

I looked at a number of publicly available project planners, but they just didn’t suit me. So I made my own! I started with a basic Word template and customized it to meet my needs. I figured I only truly needed the most basic pre-set rows for pattern name, size, etc, then a large section for any notes I wanted, and a space to sketch.

Once I had my design, I sized it for my favorite notebook system: Staples Arc. Arc is a customizeable notebook that lets you add and remove pages, change covers, move dividers and more. I use a full size notebook by Arc for school, so I already had a spare set of small hinges (called discs), plus a special hole punch (from Amazon). I found an inspiring cover at Staples, then printed my planner pages, trimmed them to size (2 per sheet of paper), punched them and inserted them into my custom sewing project planner. Voila!

Sewing project planner

Levenger hole punch for Arc

Planner pages

Do you have a project planner? I’d love to see it!

Do you need a project planner? Let me know! I’m going to look into a method of sharing my pages with you.

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Fabric Covered Buttons

Today, I received an order of covered button molds from I Love Big Buttons on Etsy. I ordered buttons of several different sizes, as well as a template for marking the cut size of the fabric.

Button order

In case you’re wondering how to store these different buttons, here’s a picture of my complex system… It’s just a bunch of labeled ziplock bags in a shoebox.

Button storage

However, the button molds and storage system aren’t nearly as interesting as what you can do with covered buttons. I have a couple works in progress, as well as some completed garments, all using fabric covered buttons.

Buttons for works in progress

Buttons on finished projects

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