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.
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
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.
Machine stitch opening closed. (Just turn it under and press it down and pin well and top stitch to close the seam.)