I actually started making these before I did the iPhone/iPod sleeves, but I had to play around with the pattern and make a few changes from the original (which I found here) so it took me longer to get the tutorial to you! These are great because not only do they fit all generations of the iPad, they fit other eReaders as well. The finished specs for this are 10.5″ x 8″ so check the size of your eReader against this one to make sure it will fit… if not adjusting the size of the pieces slightly is all you’ll have to do! These have a zipper that gives you access to a full front pocket that is lined and then the whole case is also lined with another lining that is stabilized with heavyweight interfacing. There’s a strap for the top that secures with velcro giving the whole thing a polished look. I had fun playing around with different colors and patterns to gives these all a unique look and I hope you do too! As always… if you don’t sew or don’t have the time, I have made extras which are available for purchase in my Etsy shop! I made these to match the iPhone/iPod sleeves so be sure to check those out as well! Also, check the bottom of my post to see the publication of a cool project I’ve been working on with one of the top newspapers in Singapore!
Start off by cutting all of your pieces of fabric, there’s A LOT of them and it will probably take you longer to cut the pieces than it will to construct it lol! Remember, if you click on any picture in the post it will open up full size making it much easier to see.
FOR THE EXTERIOR: cut one 4″ x 8.75″ piece for the front upper, cut one 7.5″ x 8.75″ piece for the front bottom and one 8.75″ x 10.75″ piece for the back. The you’ll need to cut two 1.5″ x 2.5″ pieces for the zipper ends and trim a 9″ zipper to 8.5″.
FOR THE TOP STRAP: You’ll then need to cut two 3.5″ squares for the top strap and one 3.5″ square of heavyweight fusible interfacing for inside the strap. Also cut a 2.5″ piece of velcro for securing the strap to the case.
FOR THE INTERIOR POCKET: cut one 4″ x 8.75″ piece, one 7.5″ x 8.75″ piece and one 8.75″ x 10.75″ piece.
FOR THE INTERIOR LINING: cut two 8.75″ x 10.75″ pieces of the lining fabric and two 8.75″ x 10.75″ pieces of heavyweight fusible interfacing.
Start off with your zipper end pieces. Fold them in half the width wise and then fold each side into the middle and press. Place the zipper ends inside these newly folded pieces and pin in place. Stitch along the edge to secure on both ends of the zipper. Place your zipper, closed with the head of the zipper to the right, right side up on top of your 7.5″ x 8.75″ pocket piece. Place your 7.5″ x 8.75″ exterior piece face down on top of the zipper. Using your zipper foot, sew right along the top all the way across. Open this up and press, this is the bottom of your case facing up and the front part of your pocket on the back.
Now you’ll need to attach the top pieces of the exterior. Make a sandwich of the fabrics like this: lay down the 4″ x 8.75″ piece of pocket fabric right side up, place the assemble bottom pieces that you’ve just sewn right side up on top of that (lining the zipper up with the top of the pocket piece) and then put the 4″ x 8.75″ piece of exterior fabric face down on top of that. Pin in place, then use your zipper foot again and sew right along the top of the zipper all the way across. Press out and now you have the whole front of the case assembled.
Next you’ll assemble and attach the top strap. Take one of your 3.5″ squares and sew on one of the pieces of velcro close to the bottom. The rest of this project will use 1/4″ seam allowance so let that be your guide. Using your iron, fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of your other 3.5″ square. Place the 3.5″ squares right sides facing now and sew along 3 sides. Clip the two top corners and flip right side out, press. Place the strap, velcro side up, on top of the 8.75″ x 10.75″ piece of exterior fabric. The unfinished edge of the strap should be in the middle of the top of the exterior piece. Baste in place .
Now it’s time to attach the back to the front and add in the back of the interior pocket. Lay your back piece right side up and place the finished front right side down on top of that. Your back piece should be slightly longer than the finished front, trim that to match now. Lay the 8.75″ x 10.75″ piece of pocket right side down on top of the front piece. Pin all three pieces together and sew along the two sides and the bottom. Clip the corners, trim the excess fabric and flip right side out. Press. You now have the front and back of the case, as well as the interior pocket finished.
Now it’s time to make the lining. Fuse the two 8.75″ x 10.75″ pieces of interfacing to the wrong sides of the two 8.75″ x 10.75″ pieces of lining. Pin together the lining pieces right sides together, and sew along the two sides and the bottom. Clip the corners and trim the excess fabric but don’t flip right side out yet. Slip the finished exterior into the lining and pin together at the top. The front lining, front exterior and the big pocket piece should all be pinned together at the front… the back lining and the case exterior should be the only things pinned together at the back. Also, make sure the strap is tucked inside. Top stitch all along the opening, leaving about 4 inches open to flip it right side out.
Flip the case right side out through the opening and press. Top stitch around the entire mouth of the case to close the opening. Using the strap as your guide, place the coordinating piece of velcro on the top of the exterior and sew in place. You’re finished! Slide in your iPad and you’re ready to go!
I’ve been working with one of the editors for My Paper in Singapore, the first bilingual newspaper in their region, to be their debut column in a new DIY section. The approached me about the DIY rhinestone heels tutorial and the print ran this week.