Friday, October 19, 2012

Fat Quarter Friday: iPad Keyboard Case

This keyboard case is perfect for the Apple Wireless Keyboard for the iPad. It's quick, easy and cheap!

Make a matching iPad case to go with it!
To make both the cases you only need 3 fat quarters and 1/4 yd minky!
1 fat quarter (use leftovers from fabric C from the iPad case)
1/4 yard minky
4" thin elastic
1 button
felt scraps (optional)

Step 1: From your fat quarter cut two rectangles 7"x12.5" and then cut the same from your minky.
Step 2: This step is optional. If you want some embellishment on your case, do it now. You could add a fabric flower, buttons or some applique. I opted for hand sewing on some felt scraps in a fun pattern. Felt is great because you don't have to turn the edges under and they won't fray. Sew your stuff on where you want it on the fat quarter rectangle, but be sure to stay about 1/2" away from the edge.

Step 3: Put your sets of rectangles together with their right sides together. Sew the outer fabric along the three edges with a 1/4" seam. On the minky, sew with a 3/8" seam and leave a 2" opening at that bottom for turning. Clip your corners and trim your seams if desired (this will give you a less bulky fit).
Step 4: Turn the outer fabric sleeve right side out, but leave the minky one inside out. Lay them out like so with the outer fabric above the minky with the openings at the top. Slide the outer fabric sleeve into the minky sleeve.

Step 5: Cut about 4" of thin elastic and make a loop. Sew in place at the ends like so.
We're going to place the elastic loop side first in the sleeve (from step 4) between the layers of fabric and minky. Make sure to center it between the side seams. Pin the fabrics together and the elastic so it stays in place for sewing.
Sew around the top edge using a 1/4" seam. Trim off any elastic that is hanging out.
Step 6: Find the hole you left in the bottom of the minky and turn your case right side out like so. Now sew up the hole in the minky. You can do this by handsewing, or you can just machine stitch it up, no one will see it, so it doesn't need to be pretty.
Step 7: Now shove the minky down into the fabric sleeve and topstitch around the top edge with a 1/8" seam.
Use your elastic to help you decide where to place the button and then sew it on.
You're all done,

put your keyboard in it's cozy new home!
I think the felt applique turned out pretty cute!
Overall I'm very happy with how these turned out. They were quick and easy, which is a big bonus in my book!

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