Today I’m going to share a few tips for printing your Sewing Planner. I use a Canon MG7520 inkjet home printer so the videos and screenshots will show the capabilities of that printer. The techniques should be fairly similar for most prints. But, if these methods don’t work for your printer, I recommend doing an internet search to see if other people have had similar printer issues. (If you’re still stumped, you can also send me an email with questions at sewdiyblog (a) gmail.com.)Read More
One of my yearly traditions is to design a calendar for the new year and make it available as a free download. A couple months ago I asked on Instagram what you would like to see in the calendar for 2019. People contributed a lot of great ideas (thank you!!!) that really got me thinking. So this year, in addition to making a few tweaks to the design of the free monthly calendar, I’ve designed a printable sewing planner.
A sewing planner is a great way to keep all of your notes, ideas, inspiration and lists in one convenient place. You can use it to plan your projects as well as track your progress throughout the years. The calendars also allow you to plan by the week or month so you can get as detailed as you want. How you use it is really flexible. And the fact that it’s a pdf printable means you can print as many times as you like for years to come.
You can use the planner in conjunction with the 2019 monthly calendar or on its own. As a bonus, I’ve also included undated monthly and weekly calendars. You can use these blank to create your own calendar for any year or week you need. Basically this is a planner that will never expire. Just buy it once and you’re good for forever.
Project (one with prompts and one without)
Undated monthly calendar (horizontal)
Undated weekly calendar (horizontal and vertical orientations)
Tips for printing your planner (pdf guide)
Free Sewing Calendar: (Also available here.)
12 Monthly pages (with project tracking)
This planner has been formatted for four different sizes: Letter, Half-letter, A4 and A5. If you are making one of the smaller sizes (half-letter or A5) you have three printing options (direct to half-letter, 2-up or 1-up). Tomorrow, I will post a detailed blog post full of printing tips. In the meantime, if you’d like to take a look at the file sizes and how they are set up, you can download the 2019 Calendar for free and give it a test run.
Keep your pages in a traditional three ring binder or any ring binder that allows you to insert and remove pages. In these photos I've used a half-letter size 3-ring binder and a 6-ring A5 size planner. I’m also using these fun repositionable margin tabs and these beautiful copper wire clips. (These are affiliate links, meaning if you purchase via the link, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you.)
I hope that you love this planner as much as I do and don't forget, if you share it on Instagram, use the hashtag #SewDIYPlanner.
One of the best things about the start of the new year is getting a new calendar and planning all the things I want to make. Today I’m very excited to release my annual sewing calendar for 2019. Like the last few years, this calendar is a FREE pdf download that you can print at home and use throughout the year to track and organize your sewing projects.
This year, I’ve provided multiple sizes and printing options because the calendar is designed to pair with a pdf printable sewing planner that I will be launching tomorrow. (Stay tuned for that! So excited! UPDATE: Check out the Sewing Planner here.) I’ve also included a few new pages in addition to the monthly calendar including a cover page, 2019 year-at-a-glance and lined notes. The design is fairly simple and clean and there are LOTS of lines for recording your makes.
A little more about the sizes. There are four sizes: Letter, A4, half-letter and A5. For a larger calendar, you can print directly on Letter or A4 size paper. Or, for a smaller calendar (Half-Letter or A5), you have three printing options. First, if your printer allows it, you can print directly to half-letter or A5 size paper. The second option is to print 2-up, meaning two pages of half-letter (or A5) will print on one letter (or A4) sheet. After printing, cut each page in half. Lastly, you can use the file with crop marks to print a single half-letter (or A5) page on letter (or A4) paper. This last method is the least efficient but is good if you just need to print one page. (I’ve included this last method mostly so that if you are thinking about getting the sewing planner, you can review the size and printing options before purchasing.) One last thing to note about all the pdf options, the 2-up calendar files are arranged so that if you want to print double sided, the correct months will print back to back. If you print single sided, you can just reorganize as needed.
How to make your Sewing Calendar
Free PDF Printable Calendar (CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD ALL SIZES)
Card stock in preferred size (6-12 pieces of Letter, Half-letter, A4 or A5)
Cutting implement of choice: Metal Ruler & Utility Knife or Paper Trimmer
Hole Punch (optional)
1. Open the PDF calendar and load your printer with card stock. (Note, if you are printing Half-Letter 2-up you will need to load Letter size paper. And, if you are printing A5 2-up, you will need to load A4 paper.)
2. Print out the calendar of your choice. (Later this week I’ll be posting tips for how to print the planner and those will be helpful if you want to print your calendar double sided.)
3. If printing 2-up, use a pencil to make a small mark at the midpoint of the page (one mark at the top and one at the bottom is enough). Line up your straight edge to the marks and use the utility knife to cut the paper in half. You can cut one sheet at a time or stack them up and cut them all at once. So fast! I prefer to use a straight edge (either a quilting ruler or a metal ruler will do) and a utility knife but you can use scissors or a paper trimmer if you prefer.
If printing with crop marks, align your ruler to the crop marks and cut from one mark to the next, without cutting all the way through the paper. Repeat for all four sides.
4. If desired, use the hole punch to make holes along one edge of the calendar for use in a ring binder. Or make one hole at the top to hang it on the wall.
(Please note the calendar is for personal use only and not for profit or resale.)
I hope you enjoy your calendar and don't forget, if you share it on Instagram, use the hashtag #SewDIYCalendar.