Happy 2nd Anniversary to Daddy B!

As promised, this tutorial is covering Daddy B's anniversary gift! It's our second anniversa...

As promised, this tutorial is covering Daddy B's anniversary gift! It's our second anniversary so apparently the material is "cotton." Last year, Daddy B looked all of this "material" stuff up and had to explain his gift to me... it was pretty neat and I was slightly embarrassed that I didn't know about it before.

This year though is COTTON. This is MY realm now... (insert evil laughter!)... here's a link on gifts for the 1st through the 100th Wedding Anniversaries.

I saw this Kindle cover tutorial and decided that I needed to make Daddy B one. He got a free tablet at a conference and he's been using it without a case. I think he'll use it more and take it with him if he has a cover. Right now he only uses it at home which seems to defeat the purpose when we only have a 2 bedroom condo, two perfectly good computers (one of which is a laptop), and two iPhones. Yeah we're geeks. Personally, I like how you can prop up the electronics using these covers, given the chipboard inside it. It's a nice feature so I'll probably make one for my Kindle soon too.

So using the calculations on the tutorial, I calculated that for his Viewsonic VS14006 tablet I'd need chipboard in the following sizes:
  • 11.5 x 7"
  • 11.5 x 1.25" (2)
  • 11.5 x 7.25"
  • 11.5 x 3.5"
I ordered a ton of chipboard and for some reason, didn't order the correct size originally and got a ton of 8.5 x 11"... so I can make a ton of Kindle covers, but zero for Daddy B's tablet. Ouch. I didn't realize this until early this week so I ordered this 12 x 12" chipboard from Amazon. The time crunch really stressed me out because our anniversary is Tuesday and that didn't give very many days for the chipboard to be shipped to us and for me to complete the cover. I work Fridays and Saturdays so it's especially hard because when I get home I'm tired and want to spend time with Daddy B and Baby G... plus Daddy B is home and I didn't want him to see his present!


When I got home from work on Friday my chipboard was waiting for me! Phew! I puttered around on my computer, figuring I'd work on it after work on Saturday when- as you know if you follow my blog- our power went out at about 11pm. It didn't return until MONDAY at 4:30pm! Fortunately, I was able to cut out my chipboard and material on Sunday so it was ready to sew.

For his Viewsonic VS14006 tablet I needed fabric in the following sizes:
  • 12 x 7.5"
  • 12 x 24"
  • 12 x 17"
I used two coordinating fabrics as opposed to the same fabric for it all. As such, the biggest fabric piece is the outside fabric. The medium and small piece of fabric is for the inside. Just something to keep in mind.

Please check out the linked blog for the full instructions, but here are some photos of the process.

Chipboard cut out...
Pinned elastic. I folded FOE in half and
sewed it together to use for this. I like how it looks.
Oops. this might be why my machine is jamming. From the couch cover, sigh.
I cleaned it out with my little machine brush and it worked much better after!
Sewed the small and medium piece together.
Decided to topstitch. Probably not necessary.
Fabric pinned right sides together, with the big pieces of elastic in between.
My elastic ended up being bigger than 7"... I just made sure it was big
enough to fit from top to bottom.
Turned right sides out.
Ironed.
Added chipboard to each section and sewed each section up individually. 

Very end, folded in. I used my machine to stitch it closed. I had my heavier thread and
heavy duty needle in... I went VERY slowly because I didn't want to break a needle or my machine. 

Completed Cover

 





Happy Anniversary Card


I also made this nifty "2" card for our anniversary at 11:30pm because I realized I'd made the main gift and completely forgotten the card! DOH!

Just draw out the number with the top of the "2" being in the fold... don't cut the fold! 



I used a glue stick to put the scrapbook paper on the front and the back of the card. I probably should've flipped the scrapbook paper for the back because it ended up being upside down, but I don't think it looks bad with the scrapbook paper that I chose. Just something to be conscious of though when you make one with your paper. 



I also tucked a piece of ribbon under the scrapbook paper on the back.
Daddy B sometimes hangs up cards on his desk so I figured that'd be helpful for that. 
Complete with sentimental note... 


I love you my wonderful husband! Happy 2nd Anniversary!

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