Padded iPad case tutorial


I broke down and got an iPad2 for me.. I wasn’t sure I wanted one until I saw all of the great magazines you can get on it now.  I have a bit of a “paper clutter” problem and I thought this might cut it down a bit. I also wanted to check out the new apps for sketching to see if it would be a good “idea notebook” and so far so good… (if you are curious I’m using the penultimate app and griffin stylus to sketch).

I got the new swanky cover from apple (thats fold up) but soon realized that I could not be trusted with JUST this cover.. I’m way to clumsy. I needed something padded.  Plus I wanted a cover that I could store my stylus, headphones and a few other things in.

Too small

If you follow me on facebook- you know that this is not the first case I made! I measured my iPad the first time, made the cover then realized that the iPad would NOT FIT!! So now I am the proud owner of a oversized kindle case or a padded jewelry pouch- whichever you want to think of it as.

So back to the drawing board and I came up with this one.

I added a zipper to the back- so I can stash my stuff in it- It actually works out quite well, as I have been putting my phone in the zip pouch too-

And just a note:

The pattern provided in this tutorial is NOT for commercial use or production. It is for personal use only by home sewers. It is protected under a creative commons copyright 2011.

Sorry to add that- I keep hearing about peoples stuff getting copied online a lot- It starting to worry me- but that’s a whole ‘nother post! If you are a home sewer and wish to make these for sale, just email me to purchase a license to do so.

This will be my last post for Journey month- We’ll take a break for a few days then I’ll announce the theme for April next week!

To start you will need fabric cut in the following sizes: (I used fabric from Tula Pink’s Parisville line)

**edited to add:

I sincerely apologize but the first measurements I had listed for the case were off by an inch…. I am so sorry! Below are the corrected measurements…

– 10″ x 12″ for front
– 10″ x 12″ for zippered pocket lining
– 10″ x 12″ for flap lining
– 4″ x 10″ for zipper panel
– 10″ x 10″ for zipper panel
– 2, 4″ x 10″ for front flap and ALSO -1,  6″ x 10″ for front flap (you have 3 pieces total making up the front flap)

– 10″ x 12″ piece of Decor Bond Fusible interfacing

9″ zipper

2 pieces of auto liner 1/4″ foam cut to 10″ x 12″ (you can buy this at Hancocks, it’s the stuff they line roofs of cars with)

2 pieces of Minke or Snuggles cut to 10″ x 12″

Misc. ribbons (at least 2 yards)

Attach your zipper to your two zipper panel pieces along the 10″ edge- the zipper will be a bit longer that is ok.  (a 9″ zipper is actually almost 11″ long) …. You are attaching one 10″ side of each piece to the zipper, right sides together (use a zipper foot).
It will look like this when you are done.
Press and topstitch along each seam on the side of the zipper. With zipper closed, trim piece down to 10″ x 12″.
Place the wrong side of the zippered piece on top of the right side of the pocket lining piece. baste.
Cut a piece of ribbon to 5″ fold in half and stitch to upper left corner.  Cut another piece of ribbon about 12″ long and stitch to the center of right side (make sure you get it in the center).
Stitch your ipad case front piece to your zippered piece (that you just created) with right sides together. Stitch around 3 sides leaving the side with the ribbon loop open.  As you stitch around the corners stitch in a curved line. Clip corners. Set aside.
Make a “sandwich” with your auto liner foam and minke.  You want the “non fabric” side of your foam to face out, with the wrong side of the minke facing the “fabric” side of the foam. (If your foam doesn’t have fabric on one side, don’t worry). Stitch around 3 sides as you did for the case outside, also curving at corners. This will NOT be a fun step- but go slow and if have a telfon foot it will help you greatly!  Trim seam allowances down to 1/4″.
Turn right side out
For the outside flap:
Stitch your 3 pieces together as desired, then trim down to 10″ x 12″. (your pieces are deliberately cut too large, so that you can “offset” the center panel if you wish).
Apply 10″ x 12″ piece of Decor bond fusible interfacing to the wrong side.
I sewed 2 ribbons one 2″ wide and one 1″ wide to the center strip of the flap, just too add some interest- if you do this make sure you sew the smaller ribbon in the CENTER of the flap so that it lines up with the other ribbon you placed on the cover.
Cut a 12″ piece of ribbon and stitch to the center of the flap.
Place flap outside and flap lining right sides together, sew around 3 sides  (leave the side with OUT the extra ribbon open).  Curve corners as you sew. Turn right side out and PRESS.
Slip flap into case with the RIGHT side of the front of the flap matching the RIGHT side of the back of the cover. Matching raw edges.  The raw edge of the case back (the part with the zipper) will be flush with the raw edge of the flap – Baste in place.
Slip your padded lining piece into your cover, right sides together- your padded piece will be right side out and your cover will be wrong side out.
Stitch raw edge of case,  starting about 2 ” from center front, around to the back, then back around to the front- leaving a 4″ opening to turn case right side out.
Turn right side out.
Press well.
Machine stitch opening closed. (Just turn it under and press it down and pin well and top stitch to close the seam.)

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Melissa Mortenson is the author of the Polka Dot Chair blog which is in its 7th year of sharing fresh and creative ideas with readers. She is the author of “Project Teen, Handmade Gifts your Teen will Actually Love”. Her first fabric line “Derby Style” debuted in January 2015 through Riley Blake Designs. A mom of 3, she considers herself lucky to be living in Kentucky.

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  1. says

    are you really happy with your ipad??? Next week is my b day and my husband wants to buy me one. I’m not sure if I would use it. I love my laptop and wonder if having both would be a waste. Did you get the $15 internet that works anywhere? I’d love your feed back on it. If I do get it, I’m definatly making the cover… yours is so cute! I like it better than the ipad!

  2. says

    Thanks for the tutorial, now I don’t have an excuse to not make a cover for my iPad. I love the Parisville fabrics you chose, very pretty.

  3. says

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! My husband bought me an iPad2, and not knowing the dimensions were different, I made a gorgeous cover using OOP fabric, but it was too big :( So now, time to make one that will fit!

  4. says

    Love this – that minky liner is fabulous! Now if I can only convince my hubby to get me an ipad…

    BTW – just ordered your March bag pattern (good2bhomemade on twitter ring a bell?) ‘)

  5. says

    Just wanted to let you know that I love your tutorials, and all the cute projects you do. One of your tutorials for Moda is actually the one that I used for their monthly contest this last month! So thanks for the inspiration. :)

  6. says

    That Parisville fabric is one of my all time favorites. I wanted to do my whole bedroom over with it when I first saw it! Thank goodness that I didn’t, my hub wouldn’t have been too happy :)

  7. says

    Thank you for posting this tutorial. I went out and got everything to make it, then I started on the project. I was making this for my mother-in-law because her birthday is coming up. I got up to this step: “Slip flap into case with the RIGHT side of the front of the flap matching the RIGHT side of the back of the cover. Baste in place.” And then everything FAILED. The following steps are completely unclear and don’t make sense. Why would the flap be put inside the case? Anyway, if you have time to clear this up, I’d appreciate it. Otherwise I’ll have to figure out something else for a gift. Thanks again from a frustrated sewer.

  8. says

    I know it seems counter intuitive, but the pattern is correct. You do put the flap inside the case… You will sew the lining of the case to the outside of the case (with right sides together) then turn it right side out. As soon as you turn the case right side out the flap will then be on the OUTSIDE of the case…
    Feel free to email me if you are still stuck!
    I hope this helps

  9. says

    Thank you for the tutorial! My daughter and I just finished one. It turned out fabulous, we added brass d rings and a strap. Thank you again for the wonderful instructions.

  10. says

    I belong to a little sewing group and I’m so excited to add this to my project list as I just got an ipad and like you … I’m very clumsy (you should see my cell phone). Thanks for sharing!

  11. says

    Thanks for posting this. I just made one for my SIL. I changed it up a bit using D-rings and a strap, ruffles rather than ribbon on the center part and a snap rather than ribbon to secure it, etc.

  12. says

    I think there might still be a problem in the new measurements – for the pieced front flap, the dimensions of the pieces given add up to the final, sewed dimension, which leaves no room for seam allowances.

  13. says

    I just love your padded i-Pad case. I’m visiting from the blog “Lilac Lane”. She mentioned your really nice tuturial, so I thought I’d stop on by and say hello :) :) Happy New Year to you and your family. Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather ;)

  14. says

    Maybe I am missing it but I don’t see mention of a seam allowance aside from trimming it down to to a quarter inch. Am I missing something? Aside from that, love, love, love this ipad case.

  15. says

    Magnifico tutorial!!
    Me he atrevido a postearlos en mi blog, espero sea de su agrado.
    Saludos y gracias

    Wonderful tutorial!
    I have dared to post them on my blog, I hope you enjoy it.
    Greetings and thanks

  16. says

    Hi, I found your tutorial over on Pinterest! And I love your choice of fabrics and the easy-to-follow tutorial! I just finished my iPad case with some turquoise prints and minky and love how it turned out. I’ll be going to the big sity on Thursday this week to pick up my iPad2. SO EXCITED!

  17. says

  18. Sara Lynn says

    My Mother In Law made me one for Christmas from this tutorial and it turned out awesome! Thanks for the inspiration!

  19. Bonn says

    I am a beginner and need a piece of paper to constantly refer to while I am sewing. Can you send me a step by step .pdf of this if you have one?
    Thank you

  20. says

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  21. Caroline says

    Great pattern; thx for sharing, I will have to reconfigure the measurements to accommodate my iPad Air, and I think I will use some double-sided quilted fabric I have on hand!

  22. Mary says

    I have a question, in the list of fabric measurements you have listed 2 pcs of foam liner and 2 pcs of Snuggles fabric, but when I look through the instructions it only shows the use of one piece of foam liner and one piece of Snuggle fabric sewn together. Am I missing something or is this a typo? I want to start making this but don’t want to start until I am sure. Thanks!


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