I had been wondering what I could make with a little embroidered piece that I stitched recently and finally decided on a new iPad cover. I already have a ‘Smart Case’ for my iPad and, whilst I like the protection that the hard folding cover gives to the screen, the fact remains that it is a dull grey colour, a little grubby from fingerprints and well … just plain boring!
So, I wanted to pretty things up a wee bit and this is the result …
I made a slightly different version for my mother-in-law, adding her initial in embroidery on the front. I added a velcro flap at the top, rather than an elastic and button closure and I also quilted the background of the linen section. I found some wonderful embroidery templates for monogram letters here.
If you would like to have a go at making a fabric iPad sleeve, I’ve jotted down some quick instructions below on how I made mine. You can do anything you like on the front cover – I used my new Harriet & her Teddy design on the front of mine (available in my pattern shop), or you can just keep it simple by using two pretty co-ordinating fabrics – just go with what you fancy!
Before we get started, I need to point out that I made mine big enough to accommodate an iPad4 and a Smart Case. If you want to make a cover just for an iPad on it’s own, I would suggest using a 1/2″ seam allowance throughout (for a snugger fit), rather than a 1/4″ seam allowance.
So, what you will need is:
For the outside
- 2 pieces of fabric 9.5” x 8.75” – for the bottom of the outside cover
- 2 pieces of co-ordinating fabric 9.5” x 3” – for the top of the outside cover
- 2 lengths of ribbon around 10” long, plus extra for the bow
- 1 small button (for the bow centre) and a larger button for the closure
- 1 adult hair elastic/ponytail holder (or similar thin elastic)
For the inside
- 2 pieces of thin wadding (batting) 9.5” x 11.25”
- 2 pieces of lining fabric 9.5” x 11.5” (the extra 1/4″ in length for the lining fabric is for the trim at the top edge)
*Use 1/4″ seam throughout
1. Cut out all the pieces before you start
To make the outside cover …
2. With right sides together, stitch each of the two top pieces (9.5” x 3”) to the bottom pieces (9.5” x 8.75”)
3. Cover the seam lines by stitching on some co-ordinating ribbon
4. Make a ‘quilt sandwich’ by laying one 9.5” x 11.25” piece of wadding down on your work table first, followed by the front cover (right side up), followed by the back cover (right side down), and finishing with another 9.5” x 11.25” piece of wadding. Line up all raw edges and pin.
5. Stitch all four layers together using ¼” seam, leaving the top open. Backstitch a few stitches at the start and end of sewing to stop the seam opening when you turn it right side out.
6. Trim away the wadding to about 1/8th of an inch from the sewn line to reduce bulk, clip the corners and turn right side out. Push out the corners to give nice neat points.
7. Sew the elastic hairband onto the outside of the back cover by placing it in the centre and stitching over it a few times about an 1/8th of an inch from the edge. Allow a little of the elastic to hang off the edge (you will trim it later).
8. Now take your lining fabric and place the pieces right sides together. Stitch down both long sides and along the bottom, leaving a 4” opening at the bottom for turning. Leave the top open. Clip the corners, but don’t turn it right side out yet!
9. To join your outer cover and lining, keep your lining inside out & your outer piece right side out and slip the assembled cover inside the lining, matching up your two side seams. They should now be right sides together.
10. Line up the top edges of the lining and the outside cover and stitch a ¼” seam all around the top edge. Trim away the excess elastic from the seam allowance.
11. Gently pull the front cover through the gap that you left in the lining. *Tip: I use a star headed screw driver to turn things out as I find that the little star head grips the fabric and helps things along :)
13. Stitch the opening closed
14. Gently push the lining inside the cover. You will find that a little of the lining will naturally fold around the wadding at the top edge to give a nice little trim along the top (that’s the reason why we cut the lining pieces that extra 1/4″ longer ;) )
15. Sew on a pretty button and top-stitch ‘in the ditch’ where the lining and the outside meet to give a neat finish (although it looks just fine without this step).
I have just begun to stitch another little version of Harriet & her Teddy, this time I am embroidering the entire thing on to soft white linen (no applique). I’ve added tiny beads as flower centres and smocking at the top of her dress…
… not sure what it will become this time, just gonna see where the stitches take me …