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Tutorial – Tablet Sleeve


Over the weekend I bought a new gadget, and I thought it needed a case so here is a tutorial for you, enjoy!

You will need:

  • One Fat Quarter
  • Lining Fabric (I used flannelette)
  • Contrast Fabric (I used denim)
  • This Pattern (for IPad mini 2)
  • A Pretty Button
  • A Hair Elastic or Piece of Elastic
  • A sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pins

This easy little sleeve can be finished in an afternoon, an ideal rainy day project!

First we need to download and print the pattern. Once you have done that, carefully cut it out. Now, using the pattern cut out two pieces of the fat quarter (A) and two of the lining (B).

To make the contrast piece that runs along the bottom, cut straight across from side to side 7cm above the bottom of the paper pattern (not the fabric), using this smaller bottom piece of the pattern cut two from the contrast fabric (C). Press all of the fabric pieces. Now, take the two contrast pieces (C) and carefully fold under about 0.5cm of the top edge, press this fold.

Pin one contrast piece (C) right-side up to the right-side of one of the main fat quarter pieces (A). Stich neatly along the folded edge, so securing it to the main piece. Repeat with the other contrast piece and main fat quarter piece. If you want to add a label or other embellishments to your sleeve do it now!

Lay one of the main pieces (A) with the right-side facing up, now lay one of the lining pieces (B) on top with the right-side facing downwards. Pin the pieces together along the top side only (marked with a red line in the photo————>) and sew together along this top side using a 1cm seam allowance, this will be the front of the sleeve.

For the second piece (the back) we will to add our elastic loop into the middle of the top seam. To find the place, fold the second main piece (A) in half vertically mark the fold line with a pin and open out flat with the right-side facing up. Place the elastic on top of the pin with a small amount of excess from the loop extending of the fabric. Lay the lining face down on top of the main piece (A) and pin the lining, elastic and main fabric together in a big sandwich! Carefully sew along the top, I like to go over the elastic a few times just to make sure it stays in place.

Take both the pieces and press the seams toward the main fabric. On the right-side of the front main piece (outside) stich a line just below the seam, catching the raw edge of the seam on the back (see the photo). Repeat with the back piece. Press again.

~On a flat surface lay the back piece right-side up, now lay the front piece right-side down on top of the front, lining on lining and main fabric on main fabric. Carefully match the two center seams together and pin. You will also need to match the two contrast pieces and pin them. Sew all the way around the case but make sure to leave an 8cm opening along the bottom of the lining (in between the red lines in the photo). Trim excess thread and carefully clip the corners.

You’re almost done! Put your hand into the opening we left in the lining and pull the fabric back out through this opening, keep pulling until the fabric has completely reversed and only the right-sides of the lining and the outside fIMG_20150909_153807795abric are visible. Using your fingers, a knitting needle or some other pointy object gently poke the corners into shape. Press focusing on the corners. Tuck the lining inside the main pouch. Press, again.

Press the 8cm opening so that the raw edges are hidden inside the lining, sew along the opening. Sew the button on in the middle close to the top of the case. There you go your own handmade tablet case! Thanks for reading this tutorial please feel free to comment below and visit our Etsy shop!