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Title: Fabric Calendar
Post by: oneyedsally on February 28, 2009 10:48:55 AM
First off I must say that this was not my idea! I pretty much blatantly copied iheartlinen's calendar here (http://iheartlinen.typepad.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/2008/05/12/calendarfront.jpg). I think mine is bigger, I was trying to match it to the size of my fabric mail holder (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=289212.0). Now they are next to each other on the wall in the kitchen!





I love green and brown together, and I use this fabric combination so often that I had a ton of scraps available for the patchwork and buttons. The back is linen (clearly iheartlinen has a huge influence on me  :)) and the back is just unbleached muslin. I put a little pocket on the back for extra buttons, so I hope it doesn't stick out from the wall too much when I use it.



I used iron on transfer for the days of the week, but I'm out of paper so I didn't get to do the months yet. Originally I tried stamping on the ribbon but it bled like crazy. Oops I haven't brushed away my chalk lines yet!



Here's a closer view of the patchwork! Not my strong suit really, and neither is binding, but practice makes perfect!

This project took a really long time. In some part because it took awhile to select fabrics, cut, piece, attach, buy more velcro dots because I ran out, make buttons, blah blah. I'm so happy now that it's done though!

Comments and criticism very much appreciated!  ;D


Title: Re: Fabric Calendar
Post by: cejaypi on February 28, 2009 10:56:36 AM
that's adorable!


Title: Re: Fabric Calendar
Post by: Sandra22 on February 28, 2009 10:59:31 AM
Hi,  This is great.  It looks very well made, really neat.   I love the fabrics, and the green and brown together are great.

I'd like to make one, but I don't understand how it works!  Could you please explain.  Also how are the buttons attached.

Cheers
Sandra


Title: Re: Fabric Calendar
Post by: sheena.lee on February 28, 2009 11:03:45 AM
I love this!!  Seems to fun to make!  Awesome job :)

If only I had place for such a thing...


Title: Re: Fabric Calendar
Post by: Munora on February 28, 2009 11:19:21 AM
I love it. What a great idea.


Title: Re: Fabric Calendar
Post by: snazzlecraft on February 28, 2009 11:49:11 AM
Ugh I am so gonna make on of these.  I have to say I like your fabric selection better.  Also, I have that mail holder on my wist LOL!!


Title: Re: Fabric Calendar
Post by: meleriffic on February 28, 2009 11:58:48 AM
I love the color combinations. It looks great.


Title: Re: Fabric Calendar
Post by: jack_kant on February 28, 2009 03:11:35 PM
This is a really cool idea, though I think that if I made myself one, I'd use magnets rather than velcro to fasten the buttons on.  That way, if I want to put a little meeting note or whatever on the calender, I could. :)


Title: Re: Fabric Calendar
Post by: oneyedsally on February 28, 2009 03:33:17 PM
Thanks everyone! Even my boyfriend is impressed and he's so not into crafty things.

snazzlecraft - I'm glad you like both my projects! I love the color combo and it matches perfectly in our house, well until we redecorate anyways!  ;D

jack_kant - That is a good idea, although I think it would get very expensive! I just did the Velcro because that's what iheartlinen used, and I couldn't think of another way. Plus Velcro dots happened to be half off the day I went to get supplies!

Sandra22 - Here is a mini tutorial! I suggest you read the whole thing before starting just to make sure you have all the supplies.

Basically I cut 2 pieces of fabric (one linen for the front, one muslin for the back) the size I wanted the calendar to be, in this case 20" tall by 15" wide. I also cut interfacing the same size, one Pellon 987F and one Pellon 70. Then I did a bunch of complicated math! Here are some of my measurements including seam allowance (always 1/2"). The blue lines are stitch lines to divide the days. Those are 2" wide by 2.2" high, and the section for the days of the week at the top is 1" high.



For the patchwork section I only gave the height, this way you can create your own design. The width just has to add up to 15" after everything is pieced together. You can scale everything up or down depending on what size you want.

If you are using fusible interfacing, attach that to the front piece first. All of your stitching should be done with the sew-in interfacing pinned in place. This will anchor it in the center as well so it will always stay in place!

1. To construct, start with the patchwork. Once your pieces are complete, for the top one sew the brown/polka dot strip for the month on the bottom. Press under your seam allowance on the side that will not be covered by the bias binding.
2. Line up the patchwork sections with the edges of the main piece, lightly mark the bottom (seam allowance folded under) with dressmaker's chalk. Now flip the piece wrongside up and line up the fold with the line you drew and stitch on the crease. This way you will get a clean edge with no stitch marks when you fold it over. Baste the edges to keep the patchwork in place.
3. Measure off your squares for the days and mark the lines with dressmaker's chalk. Stitch with pretty contrasting thread to make the squares. Do not stitch over the patchwork, you might need to adjust the size of your squares to accomodate if the patchwork has drifted between marking and actually stitching.
4. Sew on your velcro in the middle of the squares. I bought velcro dots that have sticky backs, but I didn't trust them so I zigzagged over it. Also attach velcro in the middle of the strip for the month. I used the rough side on the calender and the soft side on the buttons.
5. Make your buttons. You will need at least 31 fabric coverable buttons, more if you want to be able to cover up the velcro on the "off" days. I've also seen suggestions to make special buttons for birthdays, holidays, etc! Follow the directions on the packaging to make the buttons, except you will need to rip off the shank with needlenose pliers before making the button. I found it best to do this wearing work gloves because my fingers started to hurt really bad. Once your button is made, you can glue the velcro dot onto the back. Write the dates on any way you like, I stamped like iheartlinen but the brown ink isn't dark enough. I haven't decided how to fix it yet.
6. Attach the days of the week. I printed them onto iron on transfer paper, then transferred it onto ribbon and stitched the ribbon on with the raw edges folded under. You can do it anyway you like!
7. Finally you can put it all together! Line up the backing and pin into place, then attach your binding. You will need about 65 inches. I made mine out of fabric to match my mail holder but you can use storebought as well. I'm not very good at this step so I will not be giving advice... Also put a grommet in the center at the top to hang it!

Let me know if you have any questions!


Title: Re: Fabric Calendar
Post by: Sandra22 on March 01, 2009 10:52:53 AM
Hi & thanks so much,  I will have a go at this.  I am really forgetful, so this will be a great calendar I can match to my kitchen or wherever I decide to put it.

Thanks again
Sandra


Title: Re: Fabric Calendar
Post by: HSG on March 01, 2009 11:25:05 AM
What a great looking calendar, and so unique. The colors are unusual, but work! :)


Title: Re: Fabric Calendar
Post by: SapphireGypsy on March 01, 2009 02:26:36 PM
I love the green and brown combo. :D


Title: Re: Fabric Calendar
Post by: ghettocrafty on March 01, 2009 07:04:31 PM
effing amazing!  Great sewing, and your fabrics are awesome!


Title: Re: Fabric Calendar
Post by: danirene on March 01, 2009 07:30:01 PM
So awesome!


Title: Re: Fabric Calendar
Post by: photojenn on March 07, 2009 08:31:00 AM
Awesome project, I love the colors you chose!  I'm definitely going to have to try to make one!


Title: Re: Fabric Calendar
Post by: nikkimama on March 08, 2009 05:23:07 PM
This is an awesome project.   With the right fabrics, this would look great in a little girls room!!


Title: Re: Fabric Calendar
Post by: pumpkinbear on March 08, 2009 05:59:49 PM
Beautiful!

I'd also love to add on some teeny pockets for reminders, or maybe little tags with a chalkboard or dry erase board backing for appointments...

You've got the little hamster in my head turning on her wheel of ideas, now! I'm definitely bookmarking this project.


Title: Re: Fabric Calendar
Post by: oneyedsally on March 09, 2009 09:55:45 AM
With the right fabrics, this would look great in a little girls room!!

AWESOME idea! Especially for young kids who are just learning the days of the week and the names of the months. This would be a great learning tool! And it would be so cute in pink  :D

I'd also love to add on some teeny pockets for reminders, or maybe little tags with a chalkboard or dry erase board backing for appointments...

My sister suggested the same thing! It was too late for this calendar but if I make more (that will be smaller for sure) I'd love to add more features to make it more functional!


Title: Re: Fabric Calendar
Post by: vixen72 on January 12, 2012 11:17:07 AM
I just saw this and want to make one soo badly. One for me and one for my sister. I have alot to learn about transferring and stamping on cloth.


Title: Re: Fabric Calendar
Post by: EmmyPrewitt on December 30, 2015 04:45:03 PM
What a clever idea!  Thank you for sharing your picture of your calendar.