Teacher Tool Belt by Crafty Planner

Teacher Tool Belt: Sew Adorkable Book Review + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on Samarra Khaja‘s Sew Adorkable book blog tour!

Sew Adorkable Book Review

When I interviewed Samarra Khaja on the Crafty Planner podcast, we chatted about her upcoming projects. She mentioned an upcoming book and I got excited! I just knew her book was going to be different and reflective of her fun, quirky and smart style. Never would I have imagined how adorable and dorky her projects would be! Adorkable is the perfect way to describe it!

Here are a few of the book projects:

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My next project will be these adorable tooth fairies!

Sew Adorkable Book Review by Crafty Planner

My project

I decided to make the Teacher Tool Belt! For some reason, it was one of the first projects I was immediately drawn to in the book. I tend to listen to my podcasts on my phone when I’m sewing so an apron would be perfect for holding my phone. (I have a dear friend who uses a fanny pack but I just… can’t… go… there! :))

Determined to continue to use up my scraps, I went through and picked out my favorite rainbow scraps!

Sew Adorkable Book Review by Crafty Planner

I think picking out the fabric took more time than making the apron! (Isn’t that always true?)

Here is the finished apron:

Teacher Tool Belt by Crafty Planner

The pattern calls for black pencil tips but I decided to match the color of the pencil tips to the fabrics I choose for the pencils themselves. I really like how the tips make the pencils “pop” off the apron. I also stitched around the edge instead of zigzag stitching. We shall see if it holds up. (There is interfacing in the tips.

I found the instructions to be easy to understand and aside from the fussy cutting, the project went by quickly. I choose to make an improv apron back so the apron would have two different looks. I used my new favorite Carolyn Friedlander print for the apron ties. I must be in the mood for Fall because these solids strips just jumped on my cutting table. The ruler fabric is from Sandy Klop.

Teacher Tool Belt by Crafty Planner

If you do decide to fussy cut the pencils, I recommend you keep the fussy cut you want to see to be close to the tip of the pencil. The rest of the pencil will be hidden behind the apron’s pocket. Otherwise, I did not see any other changes to the pattern.

Here is one of the cute fussy cuts behind the pocket:

Teacher Tool Belt by Crafty Planner

It’s like a well hidden surprise!  🙂 I really loved making this apron and think they are the perfect teacher gift! I will leave you with one last picture!

Teacher Tool Belt by Crafty Planner


Would you like to win a copy of Samarra’s book Sew Adorkable? To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling me a geeky/dorky thing you love. (I will admit to being a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine fan. I do like Voyager but not really Next Generation…. wait, did I just admit that!?!)

I will pick one random winner at the close of the blog tour (October 26) to win a copy of the book. Good luck! The winner is Melissa! Thank you for sharing your fun geeky/dorky loves! 🙂

One book per winner. Open internationally, however if winner lives outside of the United States, they will receive a promo code to purchase the ebook version free of charge. The United States winner will receive a hard copy. 

If you want to see other projects and learn more about the book, check out the rest of the book blog tour:

09/14/15: C&T/Stash Books
09/18/15: Sew Timeless
09/25/15: Craft Buds
09/28/15: Pellon
09/30/15: Crafty Planner
10/05/15: Imagine Gnats
10/07/15: May Chappell
10/09/15: Nancy Zieman
10/12/15: Dritz
10/14/15: Spoonflower
10/16/15: Sew Sweetness
10/19/15: Aurifil
10/21/15: Accuquilt
10/23/15: Schmancy Toys
10/26/15: Samarra Khaja



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      Excel spreadsheets make me pretty happy too. I haven’t heard of magic the gathering cards. I’m going to google now…

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  1. I just love to get lost in a book. Sometimes I’m up til the wee hours of the morning because I can’t put my book down!

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      I am the same way! This year I decided to keep track of how many books I have read. I’m at 70 something now. I can’t wait to see the number at the end of the year!

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  2. I love Harry Potter! I just finished re-reading the whole series for at least the third time, and now I am re-watching all the movies!

  3. Science fiction, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter fan here – also have many sewing machines that I can’t part with – love them all!

  4. I love your version of the apron! It’s just so happy!
    My favorite dorky thing might have to be anything about time travel! It’s my special entry into sci-fi. I still watch Back to the Future every year on my birthday 🙂

  5. I love reading the same books over and over …. Jane Eyre, Mrs. Mike, Gift from the Sea …. it centers me between new books

  6. Not so sure it’s real geeky, but I love to play Words With Friends on my ipad. I play with my best friend from high school (that was over 30 years ago) and we usually have 5-6 games going.

  7. I love the dorkiest thing of all… rules. I am such a rule follower! Sometimes I’m paralyzed if I don’t have rules to follow and have to come up with the next step on my own. For this reason, improv quilting terrifies me.

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