I’ve been participating in the Make Nine challenge since 2016 and it’s a really nice way to start the year off with a fresh and consolidated list of projects. I realized this year that my list has always been (with one exception) patterns that I’ve never made before. (The one exception was the Archer Shirt in 2018. I made it once before but wanted to perfect the fit and fabric choice.) This year I actually have a lot of projects in my queue that are repeat patterns but they’re just not fun to put on the Make Nine. So my 2019 Make Nine will again be all new-to-me patterns. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with making a pattern over and over again. In fact, I truly hope that people make my patterns more than once. But, making a new pattern is such a thrill. I always learn so much from new patterns and there’s also that suspense of not totally knowing if you’re going to love the final garment or not.Read More
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.