Friday, October 12, 2012

Fat Quarter Friday: iPad Cover with Pocket

I am the proud new owner of my very own iPad. So first things first, I need an adorable case to put it in! I looked around online and found lots of different tutorials, but I liked these ones a lot, so I based mine off of some of their ideas.

This case is lined with minky for extra softness and cushioning, has a button closure, and a front pocket.
Stay tuned for next week when I make the wireless keyboard case with leftover materials from this week!
You can make both cases with just 3 fat quarters, 1/4 yard of minky, 8" thin elastic, and 2 buttons!
3 fat quarters
1/4 yard minky
4" thin elastic
1 button
To keep things straight, I'll be referring to the fabrics like so:
Step 1: From fabric A cut two rectangles 9"x11" and one strip 2.5"x13"
From fabric B cut one rectangle 9"x8" and one strip 2.5"x13"
From fabric C cut one strip 2.5"x13" (we'll use the rest of fabric C to make the keyboard case)
From your minky cut two rectangles 9"x11" and one rectangle 9"x8".
Step 2: Take your three strips and sew them together with fabric A in the middle. Sew them using a 1/4" seam and iron. Optional: for a more finished look, topstitch along each 1/16" away from the seam.
This is the only tricky part. Take the the fabric B rectangle and place it right side down on the three strips you've just sewn. We want to position it so that the edge of fabric C goes from one diagonal to the other. Make sure that there is 1/4" over hang  from the corners to account for the seam. Pin in place and sew 1/4" away from the edge of fabric strip B.
Fold the fabric over and then iron and top stitch in place.
Trim off the excess
so that you're left with a 9"x8" rectangle.
Step 3: Put the 9"x8" minky rectangle on top of the striped one you just made so that the right sides are together. Sew along the top edge with a 1/4" seam.
Flip the fabrics right side out and stitch in place with a 1/8-1/4" seam. This is now our pocket piece.
Step 4: Take one of the fabric A rectangles and lay it right side up. Pin the pocket piece minky side down on the Fabric A rectangle so that the bottom edges meet up. Pin in place.
Take the other fabric A rectangle and pin it in place right side down on top of the pieces we just pinned.
Sew around the three edges with a 1/4" seam. Clip the corners and trim off any excess.
Turn it right side out.
Step 5: Take the two minky rectangles and put them right sides together.
Sew them using a 3/8" seam along three sides leaving a 2-3" opening at the bottom for turning. Leave it inside out.
Step 6: Take your outer shell from step 4 that is right side out and position it above the minky sleeve that is inside out. Both openings should be oriented at the top. Shove the outer shell into the minky sleeve so that the top edges line up.
Pin the top edges together like so. Slip your elastic loop you made (4" elastic looped together and sewn together to hold in place) in between one of the layers of fabric and minky. Make sure that it is centered between the two side seams.
Pin in place. Sew around the opening with a 1/4" seam.
Step 7: Using the hole you left in the bottom of the minky, turn the fabrics right side out. Stitch up the opening in the minky; you can hand sew it or just use you machine (no one will see it, so it doesn't need to be pretty).
Shove the minky lining into the bag and then topstitch around the top edge with a 1/8" seam.
You're all done!
 Now your iPad has a happy new home.
Come back next Friday to learn to make the keyboard case with leftovers from this project!

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